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House Calendar
COMMUNICATIONS
ORDERS
SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR
Recognizing:
In Memory of:
ORDERS OF THE DAY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 1
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 2
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 3
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 4
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 5
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 6
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 7
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 8
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 9
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 10
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 11
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 12
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Pursuant to Joint Rule 309
SUPPLEMENT NO. 13
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 14
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 15
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 16
PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE
Reference
SUPPLEMENT NO. 17
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 18
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 19
SENATE PAPERS
Non-Concurrent Matter
SUPPLEMENT NO. 20
ORDERS

 


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The House Calendar

The Advance Journal and Calendar of the House of Representatives

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH MAINE LEGISLATURE
FIRST REGULAR SESSION


 

70th Legislative Day

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Honorable Denise A. Tepler, Topsham.

 

            National Anthem by Larry Gowell, Auburn.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Thursday, July 20, 2017.

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 317)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

July 20, 2017

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the following Joint Standing Committee has voted unanimously to report the following bill out "Ought Not to Pass:"

 

Insurance and Financial Services

L.D. 1274       An Act To Promote Universal Health Care, Including Dental, Vision and Hearing Care

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of House

 

 

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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 574)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

July 20, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised the Senate today insisted to its previous action whereby it accepted the Minority Ought to Pass Report from the Committee on Judiciary and Passage to be Engrossed on Bill "An Act To Allow a Wrongful Death Cause of Action for the Death of a Viable Fetus" (H.P. 241) (L.D. 327), in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 575)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

July 20, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Senate Paper 422, Legislative Document 1259, "An Act Regarding Pay Equality," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

20 voted in favor and 11 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained;

 

Senate Paper 551, Legislative Document 1573, "An Act To Encourage Development in the Logging Industry by Requiring State and Local Government Agencies To Give Preference to Timber Harvested in the State," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

14 voted in favor and 16 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained;

 

Senate Paper 345, Legislative Document 1043, "An Act To Promote Impartiality in the Probate Court," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

18 voted in favor and 13 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained;

 

Senate Paper 649, Legislative Document 921, "An Act To Extend Time Limits for Placing Land in Trust Status under the Maine Indian Claims Settlement," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

16 voted in favor and 15 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 576)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

July 20, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised the Senate today insisted to its previous action whereby it

 

Failed to Enact Bill "An Act To Expand the 1998 Special Retirement Plan To Include Detectives in the Office of the Attorney General" (H.P. 68) (L.D. 100), in non-concurrence;

 

Failed to Finally Pass Resolve, To Alleviate Hunger in Rural Maine in Areas of High Unemployment (S.P. 352) (L.D. 1070), in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 577)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

July 20, 2017

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised the Senate today adhered to its previous action whereby it Failed to Enact Bill "An Act To Opt Out of Federal Daylight Saving Time and To Ask the United States Secretary of Transportation To Place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone" (H.P. 159) (L.D. 203), in non-concurrence;

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville, the following House Order:  (H.O. 44)

 

            ORDERED, that Representative Kent Ackley of Monmouth be excused June 14 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Robert W. Alley, Sr. of Beals be excused June 9 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Kevin J. Battle of South Portland be excused June 21 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Henry John Bear of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians be excused June 30; and July 1 and 3 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland be excused July 20 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Richard M. Cebra of Naples be excused July 1 and 20 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Matthew Dana II of the Passamaquoddy Tribe be excused May 30 and 31; June 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30; and July 1 and 3 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Chad Wayne Grignon of Athens be excused March 30; and June 5, 7, 9, 12 and 28 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Martin J. Grohman of Biddeford be excused June 20 for legislative business.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Nathan J. Wadsworth of Hiram be excused July 1 for personal reasons.

 

 

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            (4-2)  On motion of Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst, the following House Order:  (H.O. 43)

 

            WHEREAS, on July 11, 2017, Representative Scott Hamann published a statement on social media in which he threatened to commit a violent act against the President of the United States; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has condemned Representative Hamann's statement as "inexcusable"; and

 

            WHEREAS, Representative Hamann's incitement to violence against the nation's chief executive gives aid and comfort to individuals who are committed to the violent overthrow of the Federal Government; and

 

            WHEREAS, Representative Hamann's incitement to violence against the President of the United States lends moral support to individuals such as the gunman in Virginia who recently shot and severely wounded several members of Congress; and

 

            WHEREAS, Representative Hamann's incitement to violence against the President of the United States disgraces and dishonors the Maine House of Representatives and each of its members, past and present; and

 

            WHEREAS, no apology from Representative Hamann, even a sincere apology, can undo the damage done by his incitement to violence against the President of the United States; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Section 4 empowers the House of Representatives to expel a member for misconduct; now, therefore, be it

 

            ORDERED, that Representative Scott Hamann is hereby expelled from office and that a vacancy exists in House District 32.

 

 

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

            In accordance with House Rule 519 and Joint Rule 213, the following items:

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  the Grist Mill Museum, of Dexter, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.  In 1966, the Town of Dexter acquired the mill, which had closed after 111 years of activity, and the Dexter Historical Society moved in and set up the museum.  We extend to everyone involved with the Grist Mill Museum our congratulations on this anniversary;

 

(SLS 532)

 

 

            (5-2)  the annual North Atlantic Blues Festival, as it celebrates the popular American music form on July 15 and 16, 2017, at the Public Landing in Rockland, overlooking beautiful Rockland Harbor.  We send our appreciation to the City of Rockland and the festival's producers for their efforts in bringing high-quality blues music and performers to Rockland and to the State.  We join with blues fans from Maine and across the nation in sending our best wishes for the festival's continued success;

 

(SLS 533)

 

 

            (5-3)  Briley Bell, of Lewiston, who has been named Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen 2017 for her social, academic and civic achievements.  We extend to Briley our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 534)

 

 

            (5-4)  the Fayette Baptist Church, of Fayette, which is celebrating its 225th Anniversary.  The church was established by Eliphalet Smith with the help of Issac Case in 1792 in Starling Plantation, which was incorporated as Fayette in 1795.  We extend to the congregation of Fayette Baptist Church our congratulations on this anniversary;

 

(SLS 535)

 

 

            (5-5)  Ben Smith, of Winslow, a recent graduate of Winslow High School, who has been named the Morning Sentinel Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.  Mr. Smith also won Class B state individual titles in the 100 and 200, and he placed second in the 400.  We extend to Mr. Smith our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 537)

 

 

            (5-6)  Samantha Saulter, of Waterville, a student at Waterville Senior High School, who has been named the Morning Sentinel Girls Tennis Player of the Year.  We extend to Samantha our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 538)

 

 

            (5-7)  Sarah Cox, of Waterville, a junior at Waterville Senior High School, who has been named the Morning Sentinel Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.  Sarah also won the Class B state individual title in the shot put with a throw of 38 feet, 7.25 inches.  We extend to Sarah our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 539)

 

 

            (5-8)  Anthony Scott Mason, of Beaver Cove, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 120, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(HLS 641)

Presented by Representative STEARNS of Guilford.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis.

 

 

            (5-9)  the Panthers softball team, of Waldoboro, which won the 16U USA/ASA State Softball Championship.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 642)

Presented by Representative SUTTON of Warren.

Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln, Representative SIMMONS of Waldoboro.

 

 

            (5-10)  Jack Sawyer Morton, of Paris, a member of the 2017 graduating class of Hebron Academy, who won the Hebron Academy Cup.  We extend to Mr. Morton our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 644)

Presented by Representative HERRICK of Paris.

Cosponsored by Senator KEIM of Oxford, Senator HAMPER of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-11)  the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post #777, of Paris, which has been named Auxiliary of the Year and has received both the Child Welfare Award and the Americanism Award in the small auxiliary category.  We extend to everyone at the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post #777 our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 645)

Presented by Representative HERRICK of Paris.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-12)  Jeffrey Hanscom, of Bridgton, who has received the Governor's Award for Service and Volunteerism for giving 1,308 hours of service to Bridgton Hospital over the past year.  In all, Mr. Hanscom has given over 5,000 hours of service to the hospital.  We extend to Mr. Hanscom our appreciation for his service and offer him our best wishes;

 

(HLS 650)

Presented by Representative GINZLER of Bridgton.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-13)  Grace Delano, of Friendship, who has received the Boston Post Cane, an honor given to the oldest citizen of a municipality.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Delano on this occasion;

 

(HLS 651)

Presented by Representative SIMMONS of Waldoboro.

Cosponsored by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox.

 

 

            (5-14)  Hussey Seating Company, in North Berwick, which has been named the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Association of Maine.  We extend to everyone at Hussey Seating Company our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 652)

Presented by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York, Representative PARKER of South Berwick.

 

 

            (5-15)  Steven Cordwell, of Oxford, who is retiring from the Oxford County Regional Communications Center after 28 years of service as a dispatcher.  Mr. Cordwell first became involved with emergency services as a volunteer with the Oxford Fire Department in 1977.  We extend to Mr. Cordwell our congratulations on his retirement and offer him our best wishes;

 

(HLS 653)

Presented by Representative DILLINGHAM of Oxford.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford, Representative HERRICK of Paris, Representative WINSOR of Norway.

 

 

            (5-16)  Nate Howard, of China, a pitcher on the Erskine Academy baseball team, who has been named the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B Player of the Year.  We extend to Nate our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 654)

Presented by Representative THERIAULT of China.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Representative BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea.

 

 

            (5-17)  Dylan Presby, of China, a player on the Erskine Academy baseball team, who has been named the Kennebec Journal Baseball Player of the Year.  We extend to Dylan our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 655)

Presented by Representative THERIAULT of China.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Representative BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea.

 

 

            (5-18)  Karen Doughty, of Farmingdale, a social studies teacher with Regional School Unit 2, who has been named the 2017 Maine History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a New York-based national nonprofit devoted to the improvement of American history education.  We extend to Ms. Doughty our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 656)

Presented by Representative GRANT of Gardiner.

Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec.

 

 

            (5-19)  the Capital Area Youth Softball Association 12U Mainiacs Softball Team, of Augusta, which won the Maine ASA 12U-A Softball State Championship.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 657)

Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Representative BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, Representative DOORE of Augusta, Representative WARREN of Hallowell.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-20)  Kathleen Evelyn Kelley Whirlwind-Soldier, a native of Windham.  Ms. Whirlwind-Soldier served as Windham Town Historian and was a member of the board of the Windham Historical Society.  She was the past editor of two weekly newspapers, the Suburban News and the Courier Free Press, and worked as a columnist and reporter for over 40 years.  Ms. Whirlwind-Soldier will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends and all those whose lives she touched;

 

(SLS 536)

 

 

            (5-21)  Thomas Milton Hancock, of Casco.  Dr. Hancock worked at Hancock Lumber, a family-run lumber company, from 1967 to 1990, after which he taught at various schools and colleges.  He had a 16-year career at St. Joseph's College, where he served as an administrator, professor and advisor.  Dr. Hancock was actively involved in the United Church of Christ and served as a dean and counselor at the UCC Pilgrim Lodge summer camp.  He was involved with Seeds of Peace, in Otisfield, as an adult delegation program director and as the Southeast Asia Program Director in India and Pakistan.  Dr. Hancock will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends and all those whose lives he touched;

 

(HLS 643)

Presented by Representative FAY of Raymond.

Cosponsored by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland, Representative AUSTIN of Gray.

 

 

            (5-22)  Rosemary Soucy, of Dedham.  Mrs. Soucy worked as a secretary and home health aide for several years.  She will be long remembered and sadly missed by her husband of 53 years, Mark, and by her family and friends;

 

(HLS 646)

Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock.

 

 

            (5-23)  Robin A. (Chadbourne) Emery, of Prospect.  Mrs. Emery worked for many years in the telecommunications industry, beginning her career with NYNEX and more recently working at Fairpoint, from which she retired in 2016.  She also worked as a prison guard at the Maine State Prison in Thomaston.  Mrs. Emery will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends;

 

(HLS 647)

Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock, President THIBODEAU of Waldo.

 

 

            (5-24)  Esther T. Downing, of Belgrade Lakes.  Mrs. Downing was the head cook at Belgrade Central School for over 25 years.  She was an active member of Union Church and a past Worthy Matron of the Mount Vernon Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Mrs. Downing will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends;

 

(HLS 648)

Presented by Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

 

            (5-25)  Edward Mark Quinn, of Otisfield, a veteran of the United States Army.  Mr. Quinn had recently retired as Jail Administrator for the Oxford County Sheriff's Office after 37 years of service.  Mr. Quinn will be long remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 37 years, Sharie, and by his family, friends and colleagues;

 

(HLS 649)

Presented by Representative DILLINGHAM of Oxford.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford, Representative HERRICK of Paris, Representative WINSOR of Norway.

 

 

 

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment, have preference in the Orders of the Day and continue with such preference until disposed of as provided by House Rule 502.

 

 

1.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Report "A" (7) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-401) - Report "B" (5) Ought Not to Pass - Report "C" (1) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-402) - Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES on Bill "An Act To Reduce Child Poverty by Leveraging Investments in Families Today"

(H.P. 1014)  (L.D. 1475)

 

TABLED - June 5, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HYMANSON of York.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF ANY REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

2.         Bill "An Act To Repeal the Law Permitting Advance Deposit Wagering"

(S.P. 581)  (L.D. 1631)

 

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.

TABLED - June 5, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE IN CONCURRENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (7) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-428) - Minority (6) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT on Bill "An Act Regarding the Maine Length of Service Award Program Board of Trustees"

(H.P. 866)  (L.D. 1243)

 

TABLED - June 7, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford.

PENDING - Motion of same Representative to ACCEPT the Majority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (7) Ought Not to Pass - Minority (6) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-536) - Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES on Bill "An Act To Reform Welfare for Increased Security and Employment"

(H.P. 1115)  (L.D. 1620)

 

TABLED - June 22, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HYMANSON of York.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (7) Ought Not to Pass - Minority (6) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-562) - Committee on TAXATION on Bill "An Act To Protect Jobs and the Maine Economy by Eliminating the 3% Income Tax Surcharge Imposed on Certain Mainers and the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education"

(H.P. 251)  (L.D. 337)

 

TABLED - July 20, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (7) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-563) - Minority (6) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on TAXATION on Bill "An Act To Increase the Homestead Exemption"

(H.P. 687)  (L.D. 974)

 

TABLED - July 20, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

7.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (8) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-559) - Minority (4) Ought Not to Pass - Committee on TAXATION on Bill "An Act To Change the Exemption Amount under the Estate Tax"

(H.P. 889)  (L.D. 1276)

 

TABLED - July 20, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

8.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Report "A" (6) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-560) - Report "B" (5) Ought Not to Pass - Report "C" (2) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-561) - Committee on TAXATION on Bill "An Act To Reduce the Burden of Tobacco-related Illness by Increasing Revenue from the Cigarette Tax for Use for Tobacco Cessation"

(H.P. 673)  (L.D. 945)

 

TABLED - July 20, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF ANY REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

9.         Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Assist in the Commercialization of Maine Products and Services"

(S.P. 568)  (L.D. 1613)
(H. "A" H-565 to C. "A" S-335)

 

- In Senate, PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-335) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-339) thereto.

TABLED - July 20, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED.

 

 

 

 

 

10.       Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funding for a Program of Student Debt Cancellation and Refinancing"

(S.P. 384)  (L.D. 1163)
(C. "A" S-336)

 

- In Senate, PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-336).

TABLED - July 20, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 318)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing 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."

 

This bill would add detectives in the employment of the Department of the Secretary of State's Bureau of Motor Vehicles to the list of state employees eligible for participation in the 1998 Special Retirement Plan, which is found at 5 M.R.S.A. §17851-A.  While this plan is largely limited to law enforcement-type positions, I cannot support this proposal due to the high costs to the General Fund.

 

Allowing additional employees to participate in the 1998 Special Plan will increase both the normal cost and unfunded actuarial liability components of the employer retirement rate, resulting in increased employer contributions to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System for detectives beginning in fiscal year 2018-19.  While the Department of the Secretary of State has indicated it will pay for the cost of this change with existing resources, I remain concerned about the costs of this legislation in future years.  Additionally, any new hires who fill these positions will be placed in the 1998 Special Plan.  The additional cost for this plan is estimated to be between $2,000 and $3,000 per position each year.

 

I have consistently opposed expansion of eligibility for the Special Plan. During the 127th Legislature, I vetoed—and the legislature sustained—a similar bill that would have added detectives in the Office of the Attorney General to the 1998 Special Plan. Further, LD 100, which contained an identical proposal, died between the chambers earlier this year.

 

Our administration has worked hard to reduce unfunded pension liabilities, and proposals like this one signal that the legislature seeks to undo the progress we have made and jeopardize the security of our public pension system.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 99 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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(H.P. 67)  (L.D. 99)
(C. "A" H-249)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 319)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 162, "An Act To Improve Care Provided to Forensic Patients."

 

It is essential that our mental health system is capable of providing an adequate level of services for those who need it most, and this bill clearly recognizes the need for one of these specialized services. It is heartening to know the Legislature agrees with the necessity of a secure forensic rehabilitation facility.  Our Administration is eager to expand the quality and accessibility of psychiatric services, and we are excited about the impact these services will have on the broader mental health services community, including Maine's psychiatric hospitals, Dorothea Dix and Riverview Psychiatric Centers.  Unfortunately, even in our agreement that this service is necessary, we differ in approach and location of a secure forensic rehabilitation facility.  This disagreement is significant.

 

Originally, my administration planned this step-down facility in Augusta adjacent to the property of the Riverview Psychiatric Center.  The proposed service was similar to services provided by our Maine community providers for decades.  When the Legislature began politically motivated stalling tactics and refused to approve this approach several times, we were forced to identify an alternative solution.  As we began to consider alternative approaches, our best option for patients and services was to build the facility on state land in Bangor, adjacent to the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center.  This provides close proximity to state psychiatrists and the infrastructure of a quality psychiatric hospital.

 

This plan is well underway, and the passage of LD 162 would create significant disruption in our process and would delay further the development of a step-down forensic facility to serve forensic patients who are no longer in need of a hospital level of care.

 

Earlier this spring, DHHS released an RFP for services and the RFQ for the building. Proposals for the provision of the services are due on September 13, and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services is now reviewing quotes for the construction of the building.

 

Additionally, this bill would require the secure forensic rehabilitation facility to be operated by the state, growing state government at a significantly increased cost to Maine's taxpayers.  This bill has not identified the total funding sources to cover the costs of building or running the proposed facility; yet at the same time it intends to utilize the same funds identified by DHHS to fund the Bangor facility.  

 

For these reasons, I return LD 162 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Improve Care Provided to Forensic Patients

(H.P. 120)  (L.D. 162)
(C. "A" H-482)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 3

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 320)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 182, "An Act To Protect Firefighters by Establishing a Prohibition on the Sale and Distribution of New Upholstered Furniture Containing Certain Flame-retardant Chemicals."

 

I fully support the brave men and women firefighters around the state for their dedicated public service.  Keeping them as safe as possible is a priority, but this bill is not the way to do it.  The amended bill prohibits the use of any chemical flame retardant in new residential upholstered furniture sold in Maine as of January 2019.  However, public facilities such as schools, hospitals and state offices are exempted in the bill.  These entities will still be allowed to purchase furniture containing flame retardants.  It also does not address numerous consumer products, such as electronics, building materials, home appliances and vehicles containing flame retardants.

 

By prohibiting the use of all chemicals, this bill eliminates the ability for industry to innovatively develop substances used as flame retardants in furniture.  This bill also bypasses the scientific review process provided to the multiple state agencies in current law; instead, it assumes harm to human health from all chemical flame retardants under conditions experienced by firefighters.

 

Firefighters are routinely exposed to chemical compounds during fire incidents, such as benzene and hydrogen cyanide, from a variety of sources commonly found in structure fires.  Many of those substances are highly toxic and thought to be responsible for high rates of disease among firefighters.  This bill will not do anything to address these issues. During the committee review, firefighters themselves stated the most effective way to protect the firefighting community is increased use of respiratory protection during all phases of fire response and standardized cleaning of gear after every fire incident.

 

Not only does this bill create additional red tape for businesses, but it could also lead to Maine consumers having to pay higher prices for furniture.  It will disrupt interstate commerce and could decrease the furniture products Maine retailers can sell to their customers.  I applaud the intent of the bill, but there are other ways to protect firefighters without negatively impacting the economy.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 182 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Protect Firefighters by Establishing a Prohibition on the Sale and Distribution of New Upholstered Furniture Containing Certain Flame-retardant Chemicals

(H.P. 138)  (L.D. 182)
(S. "B" S-338 to C. "A" H-215)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 4

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 321)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 214, "Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Streamline Veterans' Licensing and Certification."

 

My Administration has a strong record of supporting military veterans and their families.  We have streamlined the state occupational licensing processes and connected military veterans with meaningful employment based on their military training and experience. These programs are now integrated into the fabric of two departments:  Professional and Financial Regulation and the Department of Labor.  

 

In February of 2016, I signed an Executive Order, "An Order to Promote the Hiring of Skilled Veterans in the State of Maine," establishing the Governor's Veterans' Licensing Review Panel to identify and remove barriers for veterans to obtain state licenses and make recommendation for changes in licensing laws and rules to reduce red tape and provide flexibility for applicants.

 

The Executive Order produced a legislative proposal, LD 1592, that was recently passed and signed into law, providing the Licensing Director of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation with significant authority to modify licensing rules for the benefit of veterans.  Additionally, the staff of the Department of Labor's Veterans Program is working collaboratively with employers and educational institutions to provide innovative bridge programs for veterans who have already received excellent military training so they may qualify for state licenses more quickly and take advantage of high-paying employment opportunities.  

 

My administration is committed to the continuation and broader development of these efforts. LD 214 may be well-intentioned, but creating yet another commission or study group is both duplicative and unnecessary.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 214 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Streamline Veterans' Licensing and Certification (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 170)  (L.D. 214)
(C. "A" H-187)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 5

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 322)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 642, "Resolve, To Establish the Task Force to Identify Special Education Cost Drivers and Innovative Approaches to Services (Emergency)."

 

One way to guarantee an important issue is not going to be solved is to relegate it to a legislative study.  I agree special education costs are increasing dramatically and that something must be done to provide greater access to services at a lower cost to Maine families and taxpayers.  This is why the recently passed biennial budget introduced several reforms that are poised to help build regional capacity for high-cost, low-incidence services.  I have also directed the Maine Department of Education to conduct a review of special education cost drivers and make recommendations for reforms.  That work is ongoing.  While we await recommendations from DOE, I do not believe this task force will be productive.

 

Further, we know a major driver of increased special education costs are state and federal maintenance-of-effort requirements, which means that local schools must continue to spend more money than they did last year—even if they discover more efficient ways to serve their students.  These barriers to efficient and effective services defy common sense.

 

Worse yet, the composition of the proposed task force seems engineered to produce recommendations that will demand the state spend more on special education, not less, contradicting the name of the task force.  Here the legislature has identified rising costs as a problem, and I predict this task force will recommend we spend more money.  This task force will not solve our problems; it will simply waste time and money for all involved.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 642 unsigned and vetoed.  I urge the legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Identify Special Education Cost Drivers and Innovative Approaches to Services (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 456)  (L.D. 642)
(C. "A" H-106)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 6

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 323)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 648, "An Act To Expand the Types of Nonprofit Organizations to Which Surplus Property May Be Sold by the State."

 

This bill does not do what it purports; furthermore, its effect is offensive not only to the Maine taxpayer, but also to common sense.

 

There are now limited entities that are permitted access to buy state surplus property before it is made available for sale to the public.  Under current law, there are approximately 1,000 entities that qualify as eligible organizations under the state's narrowly tailored nonprofit designation.  LD 648 would expand that qualifying number to well over 17,000 organizations located both here in Maine and elsewhere.

 

Based on the sponsor's testimony, it seems the bill may have intended to only expand access to buying surplus state property to nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations.  However, that is not what this bill does.  Instead, it expands the priority preference and access to the State of Maine's surplus property program to any organization registered under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

For example, a 501(c)(4) organization engaged in political campaigns and lobbying would now be given a preference over Maine citizens when it comes to purchasing the state's surplus property.  I do not believe lobbyists in Augusta should have preference over Maine citizens in access to purchasing surplus property that taxpayer dollars originally purchased.

 

Other organizations that would become eligible for this preferential treatment include labor unions registered under Section 501(c)(5), golf courses registered under Section 501(c)(7) and college fraternities and sororities registered under Section 501(c)(7).

 

These entities already have the same access to attending publicly advertised, regularly scheduled public sales and auctions.  It is an insult to hard-working Mainers—whose tax dollars were used to purchase state property in the first place—to provide these organizations with access to surplus items prior to making it available to the general public.

 

Moreover, creating a blanket provision qualifying all nonprofit organizations registered under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code would create conflicts with the federal surplus property program, administered by the State of Maine.  General Services Administration policy prohibits entities that do not qualify under federal guidelines from being filed or stored with those that do.

 

Implementation of this bill would require at least two additional Inventory and Property Associate II positions to be created to handle the anticipated workload newly qualified entities would place on the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.  In addition to the salaries, benefits and workplace costs for these new positions, DAFS expects the state will incur considerable costs to implement the provisions of this bill and additional General Fund appropriations will be required.

 

In summary, this bill gives lobbyists and political organizations advantages over individual taxpayers; it conflicts with federal rules; and it requires growth in government bureaucracy.  These reasons necessitate that I return LD 648 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Expand the Types of Nonprofit Organizations to Which Surplus Property May Be Sold by the State

(H.P. 462)  (L.D. 648)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 7

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 324)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 970, "An Act to End Homelessness by Expanding Housing Support Services."

 

This bill demonstrates how a new government entitlement is created. It simply requires a legislator to identify a problem, like homelessness, that everyone acknowledges must be addressed.  Then the legislature commits to so-called "one-time funding," such as the $300,000 that is spent by this bill.

 

Inevitably, legislators will be back at the trough next year, demanding more public funding to address the hole created by the failure to fund this initiative on an ongoing basis.  Financial gimmicks should not be used to grow the social safety net.  Mark my words, this will not be a one-time request.  If this bill is allowed to become law, it represents a major ongoing financial commitment for bills to come.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 970 unsigned and vetoed.  I implore the legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To End Homelessness by Expanding Housing Support Services

(H.P. 683)  (L.D. 970)
(S. "A" S-330 to C. "A" H-209)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 8

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 325)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1143, "Resolve, Providing for the Official Observance of the 200th Anniversary of the Formation of the State of Maine."

 

While I agree the State of Maine's bicentennial is a milestone to be celebrated and an occasion that might spur increased tourism and economic development, I cannot support this bill.  This bill, like many before it, provides a mandate without any resources.

 

If we are to observe the bicentennial in a manner likely to have the maximum impact, the legislature should fund such an effort.  The legislature is appealing to volunteers, and I suspect the work of this new commission will later demand additional unappropriated time and resources from state agencies.

 

If an effort is truly worth pursuing, it is worth funding with appropriate resources.  As the legislature has once again not seen fit to adequately fund such an effort, I must return LD 1143 unsigned and vetoed.  I urge the legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item Resolve, Providing for the Official Observance of the 200th Anniversary of the Formation of the State of Maine (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 806)  (L.D. 1143)
(S. "A" S-323 to C. "A" H-453)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 9

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 326)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1396, "An Act To Remove Certain Restrictions Imposed on Retired State Employees Who Return to Work as Educators."

 

This bill would reverse the progress we have made as a state to crack down on double-dipping and abuse by a small segment of public employees.  I believe in the basic principle that no public employee should be entitled to receive a paycheck as well as retirement benefits at the same time from the same public employer for the same job.  It makes no sense to me how members of the legislature disagree with this basic principle.

 

Before I became governor, this kind of abuse was rampant.  Superintendents of schools would retire on a Friday, then come back to work in the same job on the following Monday, collecting both a salary and their public retirement benefits.  If the system creates incentives for this type of behavior, you really can't blame employees for taking advantage of it.  Instead, you must fix the system—which we did.  Now, however, certain interest groups, such as highly paid superintendents, are asking for carve-outs and exemptions.

 

Relying on retired public employees to come back to work is not a sustainable long-term solution.  We need to create a pipeline of younger staff members to replace retiring workers.  This bill creates disincentives for graduates to pursue certain education careers because it is protecting older retirees at the expense of recruitment of younger professionals.

 

Legislators should recognize that Maine's policies have discouraged young graduates from pursuing these careers in Maine.  Let's stop enacting backwards, protectionist policies that reward double-dippers and instead make sure the money we spend in education actually benefits our students.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1396 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Remove Certain Restrictions Imposed on Retired State Employees Who Return to Work as Educators

(H.P. 970)  (L.D. 1396)
(C. "A" H-522)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 10

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 327)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1641, "An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act Regarding Retail Marijuana Testing Facilities."

 

The introduction of adult-use marijuana in Maine presents unprecedented challenges.  While we work to honor the will of the people, we must also confront the grave public health and safety consequences of legalizing a Schedule I drug.

 

Unlike this hastily assembled bill, the task will not be easy or quick.  Instead, achieving a safe, sustainable program will require a thorough process, driven by the courage to make responsible decisions.  Specifically, these decisions must reconcile the medical marijuana program with the new adult-use marketplace.

 

The passage of any statute allowing adult-use marijuana must be coupled with legislation to eliminate or reform the medical marijuana program.  Maintaining two separate systems with inconsistent rules, enforcement and tax rates would create dueling markets, enable diversion of products and incentivize abuse of the medical program.  This bill would perpetuate the division between the systems.

 

Chief among my other concerns with this particular bill are that it:

 

·        Creates separate licensing bodies, resulting in dual oversight for the same business;

·        Requires DHHS to certify labs for both adult-use and medical marijuana prior to licensing, but does not provide DHHS the right of inspection;

·        Allows licensing with "provisional" accreditation; and

·        Burdens DACF with too many mandates to be completed too soon after the recent passage of LD 243.

 

You've heard me call the 50 states "laboratories of democracy."  We can learn from Colorado's experience.  Governor Hickenlooper recently encouraged states to avoid the legal loopholes and bureaucratic redundancy that plagued his state's legal marijuana program.

 

Governor Hickenlooper further warned of the "gray market" created by "such a looseness" in their rules.  He spoke of folks legally growing marijuana under the medical caregiver and adult-use home grow models and diverting their products to the illicit market.  We would be foolish to believe Maine will fare differently than Colorado.

 

In fact, the proliferation in the number of registered caregivers portends a shared fate unless we act on this issue.  At the beginning of 2016, Maine had fewer than 2,300 registered caregivers.  After the election, that number had skyrocketed to nearly 3,300.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1641 unsigned and vetoed.  I urge you to reflect on the lessons learned from other states, to make responsible decisions for the citizens of Maine and to sustain this veto.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act Regarding Retail Marijuana Testing Facilities (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1132)  (L.D. 1641)
(S. "A" S-326)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 11

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 328)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 919, "An Act to Establish the Summer Success Program Fund."

 

This bill demonstrates the argument I have made about education spending since I became Governor. Whenever we increase funding for education, they always ask for more, move the goalpost and make attainment of the "55 percent" truly impossible.

 

This bill is a brazen attempt to create a new, unfunded state and local mandate to offer summer programs with extended learning opportunities. While unfunded, the bill creates a future obligation for the Department of Education to develop a funding process that includes eligibility calculations and determinations. This bill does not provide funding, but rather creates the leverage for future legislators to say, "Well, the state created the program, so now it needs to meet its commitment to fund it." Even more concerning, it seems to invite the issuance of "social impact bonds," a funding vehicle the state has no experience with and seems intended to increase the state's financial commitment to these local programs.

 

In addition, real implementation of this bill would require additional staff at the Department of Education, which has not been provided in this bill. This bill poses additional specific program and fiscal responsibilities on the Department and school districts at a time when there are many state and federally required statutory obligations.

 

Finally, the recently enacted biennial budget already made changes to the funding formula to target an additional five-percent weight for extended learning that benefits economically disadvantaged students. Before implementing this new section of law and measuring the results, this bill now seeks to impose a similar mandate and create a future financial liability.

 

Instead of creating a new government program that increases the burden on taxpayers, let's instead hold school districts accountable for results based on the additional $162 million in education funding the budget just provided to schools.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 919 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Establish the Summer Success Program Fund

(H.P. 647)  (L.D. 919)
(C. "A" H-113)

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 12

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 309

 

            (6-1)  From the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY on Bill "An Act To Protect and Expand Access to Solar Power in Maine"

(H.P. 952)  (L.D. 1373)

 

            Received by the Clerk of the House on August 1, 2017, pursuant to Joint Rule 309.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 13

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 601)

 

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that the following specified matters be held over on the Special Appropriations Table to the next special or regular session of the 128th Legislature:

 

H.P. 9, L.D. 8 - An Act To Protect Maine's Forest Rangers

H.P. 21, L.D. 20 - An Act To Reimburse Nursing Homes for the Loss of Coinsurance and Deductibles for Skilled Nursing Beds under Rules Adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services

H.P. 28, L.D. 27 - An Act To Exempt Sales to Parent-Teacher Organizations from the Sales Tax

H.P. 35, L.D. 49 - An Act To Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine's Students

H.P. 46, L.D. 59 - An Act To Provide Funding for a Therapeutic Adult Day Service Center

S.P. 28, L.D. 79 - An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Career and Technical Student Organizations

S.P. 34, L.D. 85 - An Act To Establish a Public Service Berthing Vessel License for the Sale of Liquor

H.P. 74, L.D. 106 - An Act To Provide MaineCare Coverage for Dental Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder

H.P. 79, L.D. 111 - An Act To Establish a Veterans Treatment Court in Androscoggin County

H.P. 126, L.D. 170 - An Act To Allow and Recognize a Legal Name Change upon Marriage

H.P. 129, L.D. 173 - An Act To Reduce Food Insecurity

H.P. 130, L.D. 174 - An Act To Limit the Use of Pesticides on School Grounds

H.P. 148, L.D. 192 - An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids

H.P. 153, L.D. 197 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Protect against Sex Discrimination

S.P. 76, L.D. 230 - An Act To Increase Access to Head Start

H.P. 200, L.D. 267 - Resolve, To Increase Certain Chiropractic Reimbursement Rates under the MaineCare Program

H.P. 218, L.D. 285 - An Act To Provide Funding for the Maine Coworking Development Fund

H.P. 221, L.D. 288 - An Act To Prohibit Any Questions Regarding Criminal History on State Employment Applications

H.P. 222, L.D. 289 - An Act To Extend the Veteran Property Tax Exemption to Veterans Who Have Served on Active Duty

S.P. 94, L.D. 320 - An Act To Provide MaineCare Coverage for Chiropractic Treatment

H.P. 237, L.D. 323 - An Act To Fully Fund the Waiting List for the Home and Community Benefits for Members with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder Waiver

H.P. 242, L.D. 328 - An Act To Provide Funds To Encourage Regional Planning and Reorganization

H.P. 273, L.D. 367 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Develop a Long-range Strategic Plan for Economic Improvement in the State

S.P. 118, L.D. 377 - An Act To Create a County Jail Drug Rehabilitation and Treatment Grant Program

H.P. 292, L.D. 401 - An Act To Require Reimbursement to Hospitals for Patients Awaiting Placement in Nursing Facilities

H.P. 303, L.D. 423 - An Act To Extend Internet Availability in Rural Maine

S.P. 151, L.D. 449 - An Act Regarding Imposition of an Automatic Life Sentence in the Case of Domestic Abuse Resulting in Murder

S.P. 164, L.D. 503 - An Act To Continue the Doctors for Maine's Future Scholarship Program

S.P. 174, L.D. 513 - An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax for Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions

H.P. 368, L.D. 524 - An Act To Amend the Laws on Domestic Violence

H.P. 369, L.D. 525 - An Act To Enhance Maine's Response to Domestic Violence

H.P. 370, L.D. 526 - An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers

H.P. 457, L.D. 643 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Increase Reimbursement Rates for Home-based and Community-based Services

S.P. 218, L.D. 656 - An Act To Improve the Ability of Maine Companies To Manufacture and Market Bioplastics

H.P. 472, L.D. 681 - An Act Regarding Sexual Activity and Sexual Assault at Secondary and Postsecondary Educational Institutions

H.P. 478, L.D. 687 - An Act Regarding Reimbursement for Speech and Language Pathology Services

S.P. 237, L.D. 720 - An Act To Provide Lung Cancer Screening for MaineCare Recipients

H.P. 561, L.D. 781 - An Act To Support the Trades through a Tax Credit for Apprenticeship Programs

H.P. 572, L.D. 792 - An Act To Authorize Funding for Transitional Housing for Women Veterans and Their Families

S.P. 261, L.D. 816 - An Act To Promote Academic Achievement through Hunger Relief for Maine Children

H.P. 592, L.D. 843 - An Act To Adjust the Formula for Calculating the Allocation of Moose Permits for Hunting Lodges

H.P. 680, L.D. 967 - An Act To Ensure Access to Community Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism

S.P. 329, L.D. 990 - An Act To Protect Law Enforcement Officers by Creating the Crime of Aggravated Assault on an Officer

H.P. 699, L.D. 998 - An Act To Adequately Pay for Emergency Medical Services

H.P. 701, L.D. 1000 - Resolve, To Increase Access to Brain Injury Waiver Services

H.P. 707, L.D. 1006 - An Act Regarding Housing Insecurity of Older Citizens

H.P. 765, L.D. 1091 - An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission Relative to the Maine Criminal Code and Related Statutes

H.P. 790, L.D. 1127 - An Act To Provide Occupants of Motor Vehicles with Gold Star Family Registration Plates Free Entry to State Parks

H.P. 793, L.D. 1130 - An Act To Provide Traffic Safety Education in Schools

H.P. 825, L.D. 1188 - An Act To Facilitate MaineCare-Funded Assisted Living by Providing a Cost-of-living Adjustment to Private Nonmedical Institutions and Adult Family Care Homes

H.P. 827, L.D. 1190 - An Act Regarding Driver's License Suspensions for Nondriving-related Violations

H.P. 833, L.D. 1196 - An Act To Assist Seniors and Certain Persons with Disabilities in Paying Property Taxes

H.P. 840, L.D. 1204 - An Act Regarding Absentee Voting by Residents of Nursing Homes and Other Residential Care Facilities

S.P. 406, L.D. 1212 - An Act To Amend the Definition of "Eligible Business Equipment" for the Purposes of the Business Equipment Tax Exemption Program

H.P. 871, L.D. 1248 - An Act To Improve Public Transportation in Maine

S.P. 432, L.D. 1280 - An Act Regarding Generic Drug Pricing

S.P. 438, L.D. 1286 - An Act To Require Background Checks for All School Employees

S.P. 439, L.D. 1287 - An Act To Strengthen Efforts To Recruit and Retain Primary Care Professionals and Dentists in Rural and Underserved Areas of the State

H.P. 898, L.D. 1301 - An Act To Improve Access to Preventive, Cost-saving Dental Services

H.P. 905, L.D. 1308 - An Act To Create a Bridge to Self-sufficiency for Vulnerable Segments of the Population by Providing Incentives to Employers

H.P. 911, L.D. 1314 - Resolve, To Improve Access to Neurobehavioral Services

H.P. 914, L.D. 1317 - An Act To Encourage Family-friendly Businesses through a Tax Credit for Child Care

S.P. 450, L.D. 1321 - An Act To Promote Social and Emotional Learning and Development in Early Childhood

H.P. 916, L.D. 1322 - An Act Regarding Mental Health First Aid Training for Corrections Personnel

S.P. 457, L.D. 1343 - An Act To Promote Downtown Revitalization by Creating the Locating Businesses Downtown Loan Program

S.P. 475, L.D. 1388 - An Act To Prohibit the Falsification of Medical Records

H.P. 965, L.D. 1391 - An Act To Ensure the Continuation of the Landowner Relations Program

S.P. 477, L.D. 1399 - An Act To Encourage Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine

S.P. 485, L.D. 1407 - An Act Regarding Prescription Drug Step Therapy

H.P. 983, L.D. 1429 - An Act Regarding the Epidemic of Opiate Abuse

H.P. 988, L.D. 1433 - An Act To Protect Maine Children from Lung Cancer by Requiring Radon Testing in Schools

S.P. 512, L.D. 1466 - An Act To Address Severe and Ongoing Shortfalls in the Funding of Direct Care Workers in Long-term Care Settings and To Establish the Commission To Study Long-term Care Workforce Issues

S.P. 519, L.D. 1490 - An Act Regarding Community Corrections Funds

H.P. 1041, L.D. 1517 - An Act To Ensure Access to Behavioral Health Services

H.P. 1070, L.D. 1554 - Resolve, Authorizing Claire Dean Perry and the Estate of William Dean To Bring Suit against the Surety Obtained by the Department of Health and Human Services in Its Capacity as Public Conservator

S.P. 561, L.D. 1597 - An Act To Exempt from Sales Tax the Fee Associated with the Paint Stewardship Program

 

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 14

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 602)

 

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that the following specified matter be held over on the Special Study Table to the next special or regular session of the 128th Legislature:

 

H.P. 723, L.D. 1021 - Resolve, To Establish the Study Committee To Develop a Disposition Plan for Future Surplus State Property in York County

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and PASSED.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 15

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 578)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 512, "Resolve, To Establish the Committee To Study the State's Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth."

 

This bill seeks to form yet another legislative committee to produce yet another report that will do nothing to make real progress in the fight against sexual exploitation. Further, the Legislature failed to fund the proposed committee. This is a sad attempt by do-nothing legislators to go home to their districts and pretend to have tackled the issue.

 

We need to give law enforcement and prosecutors the proper tools to help protect young people against sexual exploitation. This bill's original intent to prevent minors from being charged with the crime of engaging in prostitution would have limited the state's ability to protect future generations. This bill is unnecessary, and I cannot support it.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 512 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item Resolve, To Establish the Committee To Study the State's Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth

(S.P. 173)  (L.D. 512)
(C. "A" S-131)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            34 voted in favor and 0 against, and 34 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 579)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-4)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 517, “An Act To Amend Principles of Reimbursement for Residential Care Facilities.”

 

One of the goals of my administration has been to right-size reimbursement rates and to insert some common sense into state Medicaid regulation and reimbursement structure. Over the last six-and-a-half years we have made significant progress, and we look to continue that progress through the duration of my final term.

 

While I understand the desire of residential care facilities to have the broader authority and flexibility outlined in this proposal, I remain concerned about one specific provision. This proposal outlines in statute that the costs resulting from regulatory changes made at any level of government be considered allowable costs and reimbursed by the state accordingly.

 

It makes sense that new regulation created by the state and federal government be considered an allowable cost as it relates to residential care reimbursement. The state and federal governments pay the bills; there is a direct correlation between their regulatory expectations and the rate of reimbursement. However, it does not make sense that local county or municipal governments can approve burdensome or costly regulations and expect state and federal reimbursement to mitigate their irresponsible decision making. The Maine people need to hold every level of their government accountable—including their counties and towns.

 

For this reason, I return LD 517 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-4)  The accompanying item An Act To Amend Principles of Reimbursement for Residential Care Facilities

(S.P. 178)  (L.D. 517)
(S. "A" S-321 to C. "A" S-91)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            34 voted in favor and 0 against, and 34 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 580)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-6)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 721, "An Act To Mandate the Reporting of a Planned Act of Terrorism by a Person with Knowledge of That Plan."

 

This bill represents a dramatic shift in public policy by criminalizing moral obligation. Generally speaking, most people are under no legal obligation to report a crime, whether they knew about it in advance or found out about it after the fact. This bill creates a new strict-liability felony crime if a person has knowledge of another person's plan to commit a crime and fails to report such to law enforcement.

 

I have serious concerns about the potential unintended consequences this bill's vague language may reap. In particular, I believe this bill should provide immunity to the person who reports a terrorist plot.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 721 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-6)  The accompanying item An Act To Mandate the Reporting of a Planned Act of Terrorism by a Person with Knowledge of That Plan

(S.P. 238)  (L.D. 721)
(C. "A" S-114)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            27 voted in favor and 7 against, and 27 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 581)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-8)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 808, "An Act To Restore Community Support Services for Adults with Mental Illness."

 

As a result of the Department of Health and Human Services' review of Section 17, it was determined that for members with conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or anxiety, Section 17 services were very often not clinically appropriate. In making this determination, the Department relied on objective sources, including guidance published up by the National Institute for Mental Health, which recommends other treatments that are available under a separate section of Medicaid policy (Section 65).

 

In an effort to ensure Section 17 services were directed towards those for whom the services were clinically appropriate, the Department made changes to the clinical criteria to align them with evidence-based treatment. Specifically, the Department required that individuals with diagnoses other than schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder submit clinical documentation supporting the need for Section 17 services.

 

This bill would reverse many of the changes made by the Department last year and would force the State to provide reimbursement for treatment that is not clinically appropriate. Specifically, it would require all members with post-traumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder qualify for all Section 17 services without regard to functional ability or actual demonstrated need. The idea that our State would endorse mental health treatment that is not clinically appropriate is unconscionable.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 808 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to support clinically appropriate treatment for MaineCare members and sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-8)  The accompanying item An Act To Restore Community Support Services for Adults with Mental Illness

(S.P. 253)  (L.D. 808)
(S. "A" S-270 to C. "A" S-241)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            24 voted in favor and 10 against, and 24 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 582)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-10)

 

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 891, "An Act to Support the Professional Development of Principals in Maine Schools."

 

As I travel the state, I often hear teachers and local officials complain about unfunded mandates. This change to require mentoring programs is a mandate, plain and simple. While mentoring is an excellent idea for leaders, the legislature must stop being so dishonest about increasing costs for local districts without providing funding.

 

I invite the legislature to work with the Maine Department of Education as it updates the rules concerning performance evaluation and professional growth to address mentoring and coaching.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 891 unsigned and vetoed. I urge the legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-10)  The accompanying item An Act To Support the Professional Development of Principals in Maine Schools

(S.P. 291)  (L.D. 891)
(C. "A" S-237)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            30 voted in favor and 4 against, and 30 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-11)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 583)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-12)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 949, "An Act Regarding Telehealth."

 

Technological advances in recent years have led to broader development of telehealth as an available tool for providing health care. Telehealth services have been found to be of particular value for a rural state like Maine, and we have seen rapid growth of telehealth services. Our existing telehealth policies are serving Mainers well.

 

This bill is a solution looking for a problem. Maine law now prohibits health insurance carriers from denying coverage for telehealth services if the service would be required to be provided in person. Coverage must be consistent with that provided for in-person services and consumers' out-of-pocket costs (copayments, coinsurance and deductibles) cannot exceed those that would apply to inpatient services. The bill rephrases those requirements and adds several unnecessary and expansive clarifications.

 

In addition to these unnecessary provisions, the expansive nature of the clarifications pose the significant possibility of increased costs for insurers that will ultimately be felt by all health insurance ratepayers, including the State. It is impossible to truly determine the extent of additional costs that coverage of these services might create, but those increased costs will result in increased insurance premiums for already an overburdened healthcare system. Maine cannot afford to add yet another additional cost to health insurance coverage.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 949 unsigned and vetoed. I urge the legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-12)  The accompanying item An Act Regarding Telehealth

(S.P. 304)  (L.D. 949)
(C. "A" S-187)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            27 voted in favor and 7 against, and 27 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-13)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 584)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-14)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 952, "An Act To Ensure Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment in Maine."

 

I understand the drug-replacement therapy methadone has been recognized by some experts as the best evidence-based substance abuse treatment option available. But, like many people outside the treatment community, I believe that simply replacing one drug with another doesn't actually solve the problem. Families impacted by addiction need normalcy and freedom—daily trips to a Methadone clinic year after year are not a good way to achieve that normalcy.

 

My administration recently added significant requirements to its Medicaid program to ensure greater accountability for methadone treatment. It makes no sense to pay for treatment that is simply perpetuating an addiction. Taxpayer dollars should be dedicated to treatment modalities that keep people moving toward true recovery. While the state's reforms may not be perfect, we are heading in the right direction, and these reforms will continually be assessed for increased opportunities to help Mainers succeed.

 

This bill, among other things, would "allow" the Department of Health and Human Services to amend their rules to increase the reimbursement rate for methadone treatment. I understand this does not provide an actual increased rate; however, until we have been able to take stock of the new regulations, I am not willing to open the door to a possible rate increase. When my team at DHHS can assure me that methadone treatment is taking place in a truly clinical setting, along with the accountability of a clinical team, I would be glad to have this conversation again. I want to pay for treatment that works!

 

For these reasons, I return LD 952 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-14)  The accompanying item An Act To Ensure Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment in Maine

(S.P. 307)  (L.D. 952)
(S. "A" S-331 to C. "A" S-106)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            30 voted in favor and 4 against, and 30 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 16

 

PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act To Bring Maine's Ranked-choice Voting Law into Constitutional Compliance"

(H.P. 1137)  (L.D. 1646)

 

Sponsored by Representative ACKLEY of Monmouth.

Approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint Rule 205.

 

            Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 17

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 585)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1044, "An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Eligibility for Disability Retirement Benefits."

 

This bill creates a problematic precedent that I cannot support. First, it establishes a precedent for providing certain retirement benefits to former employees not otherwise eligible for those benefits. While some in the legislature might be nonchalant about extending the state's obligation to public-sector employees beyond the scope of employment, I make no such mistake.

 

If this bill is allowed to become law, it will only be a short time before other former employees are back before the legislature with new theories about other benefits they believe they are entitled to. We should not open this door with this new exception.

 

Further, this bill provides benefits to former employees who have settled claims with the state. Since I have been Governor, it has been my experience that the Office of the Attorney General regularly settles a wide range of claims that they could have prevailed on in court. While litigating can be expensive, the knee-jerk reaction in the Office of the Attorney General has been to settle quickly, even when the State of Maine has the law on our side and we are likely to prevail.

 

Therefore, I worry this bill creates a new incentive for employees to bring claims, which will likely result in a settlement, opening the aperture to many more former employees eligible for benefits as provided by this bill.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1044 unsigned and vetoed. I urge the legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Eligibility for Disability Retirement Benefits

(S.P. 346)  (L.D. 1044)
(C. "A" S-89)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            28 voted in favor and 6 against, and 28 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 586)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-4)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1089, "An Act To Prohibit the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving."

 

While I believe distracted driving is a serious problem in our society that needs to be addressed, this bill does not propose an adequate solution. In Maine, we already have a prohibition on texting while driving, and this bill simply seeks to expand that prohibition. People who text while driving are those who would do so regardless of the law. 

 

For this reason, I believe we need to advance campaigns that raise public awareness of just how dangerous it is to text and drive. By promoting this public awareness, we can teach people the valid reasons why there is a prohibition on texting. I think this would be a much more effective method of addressing the distracted driving problem than simply fining those who use cell phones while operating motor vehicles.  

 

For this reason, I return LD 1089 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-4)  The accompanying item An Act To Prohibit the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving

(S.P. 360)  (L.D. 1089)
(C. "A" S-272)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            24 voted in favor and 10 against, and 24 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 587)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-6)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1108, "An Act To Restore Public Health Nursing Services."

 

This bill is unnecessary and attempts to micromanage basic human resource functions at the Department of Health and Human Services. It is grounded in an artificial crisis meant to engender fear by insinuating that the entirety of the public's health and well-being rests on the shoulders of a very small fraction of a state agency workforce. It simply isn't true, and it isn't how public health operates or succeeds. Rather than arbitrarily requiring positions to be filled, the Legislature should be more concerned with the quality and productivity of our public health nursing force. There are several reasons why the Public Health Nursing Program is currently undergoing reform.

 

Deficiencies in the program have made it ineffective and in need of reform—adding more nurses won't address those deficiencies. Nurses should be working within the scope of their license and to their highest expertise, rather than responding to calls and doing work that should be handled by a community care worker or a social worker. Additionally, Maine's public health nursing program has historically not achieved the national standard of five visits per day, per nurse. Efforts to increase productivity have been making slow progress, but the program still only achieves an average of two visits per week, per nurse. Arbitrarily increasing the number of nurses does not acknowledge this underperformance and does nothing to ensure the added staff capacity is truly benefitting the public health of Maine people. 

 

Inadvertently, the state has been competing with community services provided by the private sector for the same clients; this situation can be rectified through the use of integrated professionals and by working effectively with public-private partnerships. Refocusing the Public Health Nursing Program's efforts to ensure state nurses are doing only what state-employed nurses can do will increase the state's capacity to effectively impact some of the toughest public health challenges, like substance-addicted or -affected newborns. Again, adding more nurses to the program will only exacerbate this challenge.

 

Currently, the CDC is implementing reforms including:

1.      Focusing the work of nurses on populations that truly need our help; substance-affected infants and mothers, medically fragile individuals with special needs, and those affected by infectious disease.

2.      Building strong program leadership and encouraging champions of change within our workforce.

3.      Putting nurses back in district offices instead of dispatching them from home.

4.      Implementing an electronic health record system that links to the Health Information Exchange and other Maine CDC data systems that streamline documentation.

5.      Using the new EHR to generate management reports on productivity, caseloads and response times.

6.      Leveraging technology for direct observation of latent tuberculosis clients through remote medication adherence monitoring.

7.      Training and exercising the PHN Emergency Preparedness Team.

8.      Creating the Maternal and Child Health Network to include state and community health nurses, community health workers, social workers, home visitors, dieticians and other community-based providers.

 

The proponents of this bill provided anecdotes about the importance of public health nursing, but they provided no data to back up the need for additional staff. Arbitrarily adding staff to a program does nothing to directly improve quality or increase effectiveness of the work.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1108 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-6)  The accompanying item An Act To Restore Public Health Nursing Services

(S.P. 362)  (L.D. 1108)
(S. "A" S-329 to C. "A" S-155)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            29 voted in favor and 5 against, and 29 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 588)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-8)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1170, "An Act To Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products."

 

This bill would change the legal age for purchase of tobacco products from 18- to 21-years-old.  However, to avoid the true fiscal impact of the bill, it was amended to grandfather all who reach the age of 18 by July 1, 2018.  This kind of legislative chicanery is not only irresponsible, but it will also contribute to a significant deficit in the next biennial budget.

 

The fiscally irresponsible aspect of the bill is reason enough to deserve my veto. But I am equally concerned about this attempt at "social engineering" by those who do not respect the rights and responsibilities our society vests in our citizens when they become 18. After World War II, President Eisenhower used his 1954 State of the Union Address to call for 18-year-olds to have the right to vote. Having commanded the troops in the war, he understood how unfair it was to those who had served our country and defended our liberties while being denied this fundamental right. In 1971, the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution granted the full rights of citizenship to 18-year-olds. 

 

In addition to the right to vote and serve in the military, our laws provide 18-year-olds the right to marry and divorce and make decisions about medical treatment. The responsibilities to pay taxes and be tried as adults if accused of a crime also come with turning 18. I cannot support legislation that denies the right to purchase a legal product to those who are otherwise treated as adults. 

 

Those who advocate that this legislation would protect those under 18 from tobacco use ignore the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's surveys from 2011-2014, which provide evidence that four times as many high school students drink alcohol than smoke cigarettes. The fact that the legal age to purchase and consume alcohol is 21 everywhere in the country while the legal age to purchase tobacco is 18 in most of the country demonstrates this legislation will not achieve its stated purpose.

 

LD 1170 will simply increase the black market for tobacco products and push our Maine citizens between the ages of 18 to 20 into acquiring tobacco products through alternative sources.

 

Finally, this bill will hurt our Maine convenience and grocery stores, which will lose sales of tobacco and other products to neighboring New Hampshire. Our Maine retailers had a compliance rate of 95.52% for sales of tobacco products—the second best compliance rate in the nation, according to the FDA's inspections involving sales to minors. Clearly, our retailers are doing an outstanding job enforcing the current law.

 

I cannot support legislation that creates a competitive disadvantage for our small business owners, particularly those near the New Hampshire border. Therefore, I return LD 1170 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-8)  The accompanying item An Act To Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products

(S.P. 391)  (L.D. 1170)
(S. "B" S-306 to C. "A" S-146; S. "A" S-325)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            29 voted in favor and 5 against, and 29 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 589)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-10)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1260, "Resolve, To Establish the Commission to Create a Plan to Enhance the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Probate Court System."

 

This bill establishes a commission to overhaul our probate court system, which was repealed by the people of Maine in 1967, and create a more efficient and effective court system. The commission is directed to focus on meaningful access to justice, promote judicial responsibility, adherence to the code of judicial responsibility and provide for qualified judges and professional staff.  All of these conditions are currently being met by each and every probate court in the State of Maine. The probate judges and staff have continued to deliver exceptional service to the people of Maine.

 

Counties provide the funding for salaries of probate judges and staff, office space, court space, equipment and office supplies. The commission is comprised of 13 members. Only two members of the commission will represent the "interest of the counties." Counties that shoulder a heavy burden in our probate court system are simply not adequately represented on this commission.

 

Finally, the Legislature failed to fund the commission. The commission may seek private or public funding contributions. If the commission cannot obtain private or public funding contributions, "no meetings are authorized." If the Legislature was serious about creating a more efficient and effective probate court system, they should have funded the commission.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1260 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-10)  The accompanying item Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Create a Plan To Enhance the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Probate Court System

(S.P. 423)  (L.D. 1260)
(S. "A" S-287 to C. "A" S-231)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Resolve, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Resolve become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            31 voted in favor and 3 against, and 31 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Resolve become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-11)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 590)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-12)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1263, "Resolve, To Increase Affordability of Safe Drinking Water for Maine Families."

 

This bill requires the state to bear the entire cost with no matching funds from local communities. This bill grows dependence on state government, and by only providing one year of funding, the bill establishes an expectation that this will be an ongoing expense for the state. 

 

Further, the legislature has funded this bill by raiding the "Medical Use of Marijuana Fund," proving once again the legislature charges fees it knows it does not need in order to create slush funds for pet projects. 

 

This is a dishonest bill that uses financial gimmicks to grow government dependence. For these reasons, I return LD 1263 unsigned and vetoed. I urge the legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-12)  The accompanying item Resolve, To Increase the Affordability of Safe Drinking Water for Maine Families

(S.P. 426)  (L.D. 1263)
(S. "A" S-327 to C. "A" S-109)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Resolve, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Resolve become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            27 voted in favor and 7 against, and 27 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Resolve become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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            (2-13)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 591)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-14)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

August 1, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1485, "An Act Regarding MaineCare Coverage for Telehealth Services."

 

Medicaid already reimburses for telehealth services and has a robust policy in place that is helping to ensure access to necessary health services. Telehealth services have seen recent growth, and providers and patients alike are benefiting from access to these services. This bill adds unnecessary clarifications and puts additional responsibilities on the administration with no additional funding.

 

Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct educational outreach to providers and MaineCare members on telehealth; allowing the Department to solicit and receive grants to establish broader telehealth infrastructure; requiring an annual report by the Department on the effect of telehealth on health care costs, quality and access; and establishing a 10-member advisory council that is required to regularly meet—these requirements are all unnecessary and burdensome. Not only is this bill an additional mandate on the state, it is also an overreach that does not acknowledge three separate branches of government. 

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1485 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-14)  The accompanying item An Act Regarding MaineCare Coverage for Telehealth Services

(S.P. 515)  (L.D. 1485)
(S. "A" S-328 to C. "A" S-205)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            25 voted in favor and 9 against, and 25 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 18

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 566)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA, MAINE

 

July 10, 2017

 

The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1504, "An Act to Modernize Rates for Small-scale Distributed Generation."

 

This bill is poor policy and as I have noted many times, net energy billing subsidizes the cost of solar panels at the expense of the elderly and poor who can least afford it.  We need to move away from this unsustainable practice.  Even the Natural Resource Council of Maine has acknowledged that net energy billing "is not a preferred long-term policy." However, rather than moving away from this practice to a more sustainable approach, LD 1504 instead sets net energy billing into statute in perpetuity. 

 

In addition, the bill's language will result in the nonsensical outcome of net energy billing customers having their electricity usage stepped-down over time, rather than just their generation.  Therefore, likely due to last-minute drafting of overlapping amendments, LD 1504 will result in the electricity bills of net energy billing customers being reduced even if they generate no electricity at all.

 

This bill represents bad policy and contains serious drafting errors that will result in irrational outcomes.  For these reasons, I return LD 1504 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ORDERED PLACED ON FILE.

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Modernize Rates for Small-scale Distributed Generation

(S.P. 529)  (L.D. 1504)
(H. "B" H-554 to C. "A" S-276)

 

            In Senate, August 2, 2017, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: 'Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?'

 

            28 voted in favor and 6 against, and 28 being more than 2/3 of the members present and voting, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the veto was overridden.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 19

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

 

            (1-1)  RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District

(H.P. 32)  (L.D. 31)
(C. "A" H-503)

 

            House INSISTED on its former action whereby the RESOLUTION was FINALLY PASSED in the House on June 16, 2017.

 

            Comes from the Senate COMMITTED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUPPLEMENT NO. 20

 

ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative HERBIG of Belfast, the following Joint Order:  (H.P. 1138)

 

ORDERED, the Senate concurring, that the following specified matters be held over to any special or regular session, or both, of the 128th Legislature.

 

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

      H.P. 465, L.D. 637 - An Act To Protect Maine's Lands

      H.P. 522, L.D. 742 - An Act To Allow Hemp Growers To Grow Hemp from Clones and To Grow Hemp Indoors

      H.P. 607, L.D. 858 - An Act To Strengthen the Law Regarding Dangerous Dogs

      H.P. 667, L.D. 939 - An Act To Protect Maine's Agriculture

      S.P. 552, L.D. 1574 - Resolve, To Require Greater Clearing of Vegetation along Portions of Route 161 in the Town of Allagash

      S.P. 557, L.D. 1584 - An Act To Expand the Local Foods Economy by Promoting Local Foods Procurement

      S.P. 567, L.D. 1611 - An Act To Protect Persons Who Cultivate, Process, Buy and Sell Hemp

Appropriations and Financial Affairs

      H.P. 33, L.D. 47 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers

      H.P. 97, L.D. 139 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Maine's Community Colleges

      H.P. 101, L.D. 143 - An Act To Provide Funding for Upgrades of Learning Spaces and Other Projects Funded by the School Revolving Renovation Fund

      H.P. 132, L.D. 176 - An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to Disability Retirement Benefits Administered by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System

      H.P. 133, L.D. 177 - An Act To Remove the Age Penalty for State Retirees Working at State Correctional Institutions That Are Closing

      H.P. 134, L.D. 178 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Jobs, Improve Road Infrastructure and Protect Water Resources

      H.P. 180, L.D. 247 - An Act To Amend the Retirement Laws Pertaining to Participating Local Districts

      H.P. 225, L.D. 292 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Rail Infrastructure and Expand Passenger Rail Service

      S.P. 104, L.D. 316 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Railways

      S.P. 105, L.D. 317 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities

      S.P. 106, L.D. 318 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue to Support Economic Development with High-Resolution Geospatial Data

      S.P. 107, L.D. 319 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Riverfront Community Development

      S.P. 111, L.D. 345 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade and Replace Infrastructure of the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation

      S.P. 117, L.D. 376 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for a New Engineering Design and Education Center at the University of Maine

      H.P. 296, L.D. 416 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Strengthen Maine's Groundfish Permit Bank

      H.P. 330, L.D. 467 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Address Changes in Sea Level

      H.P. 364, L.D. 520 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Increase Rural Maine's Access to Broadband Internet Service

      H.P. 365, L.D. 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

      S.P. 181, L.D. 546 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Biological Research in Maine

      S.P. 205, L.D. 590 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Rail Infrastructure

      H.P. 452, L.D. 638 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Transportation Projects

      S.P. 212, L.D. 650 - An Act To Clarify and Protect Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits

      H.P. 466, L.D. 675 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Food Processing Infrastructure in Targeted Areas of the State

      S.P. 245, L.D. 735 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Independence of Maine's Seniors

      H.P. 523, L.D. 743 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote and Improve the Intermodal Transportation System in Maine

      H.P. 585, L.D. 836 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Build Maine's Workforce Development Capacity by Modernizing and Improving the Facilities and Infrastructure of Maine's Public Universities

      H.P. 586, L.D. 837 - An Act To Provide Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Operations of State Government

      S.P. 299, L.D. 897 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Encourage Efficient Biomass Thermal and Power Projects in Maine

      H.P. 652, L.D. 924 - An Act Making Certain Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government

      H.P. 653, L.D. 925 - An Act Making Certain Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government

      S.P. 308, L.D. 953 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Biomass Industry

      S.P. 310, L.D. 955 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the Municipal Investment Trust Fund

      H.P. 677, L.D. 964 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade Municipal Culverts at Stream Crossings

      H.P. 782, L.D. 1118 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Local Infrastructure

      H.P. 924, L.D. 1330 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Facilitate Innovative Approaches to Regional School Facilities and To Establish the Maine Innovative Regional School Facilities Finance Program

      H.P. 925, L.D. 1331 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund

      H.P. 1033, L.D. 1509 - An Act To Prohibit Retired State Employees and Teachers from Returning to Work While Collecting Retirement Benefits

      H.P. 1034, L.D. 1510 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Wastewater Infrastructure Projects for Ratification by Voters in the June 2017 Election

      H.P. 1035, L.D. 1511 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Protection of Public Health and Marine Resources and To Achieve Cost Savings in State Facilities Owned by the Department of Marine Resources

      S.P. 546, L.D. 1562 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Capitalize a Career and Technical Revolving Equipment and Renovation Fund

      H.P. 1090, L.D. 1586 - An Act To Appropriate Funds To Provide Sea Protection and Public Access to the Historic Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery

      H.P. 1105, L.D. 1602 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Agricultural Water Resource Development and Marketing

      S.P. 570, L.D. 1614 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund the Maine Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Loan Program

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

      H.P. 183, L.D. 250 - An Act To Increase the Penalty for Aggravated Sex Trafficking

      H.P. 610, L.D. 861 - An Act To Provide Wage Parity for Certain State Law Enforcement Personnel

      S.P. 306, L.D. 951 - An Act To Adopt the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking

      S.P. 351, L.D. 1048 - An Act To Reclassify Certain Offenses and Increase the Efficiency of the Criminal Justice System

      H.P. 809, L.D. 1146 - Resolve, To Provide Wage Parity for Law Enforcement Officers in the Department of Corrections with Other Law Enforcement Officers

      S.P. 389, L.D. 1168 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Victims' Bill of Rights

      H.P. 820, L.D. 1183 - An Act To Expand Use of Electronic Monitoring in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Cases

      S.P. 403, L.D. 1202 - An Act To Clear a Path to Employment

      H.P. 880, L.D. 1268 - An Act To Enhance Pretrial Justice through Risk-based Decision Making with Enhanced Diversion, Release and Treatment Options for Eligible Defendants

      H.P. 963, L.D. 1389 - An Act To Disburse Funds to the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission

      H.P. 972, L.D. 1414 - An Act To Ensure the Availability of In-person Visitation in County Jails

      H.P. 973, L.D. 1415 - An Act To Provide Additional Deductions from a Sentence of Imprisonment for Completion of Education, Mental Health Treatment and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Education and Cultural Affairs

      H.P. 37, L.D. 51 - An Act Regarding the Withdrawal of a Single Municipality from a Regional School Unit

      S.P. 74, L.D. 228 - An Act To Amend the Mathematics Requirements for High School Graduation

      H.P. 248, L.D. 334 - An Act To Clarify the Uses of the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education

      H.P. 718, L.D. 1016 - An Act To Provide Funding for Career and Technical Education Based on Projected Enrollment

      H.P. 930, L.D. 1336 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Process for a Single Municipality To Withdraw from a Regional School Unit

      S.P. 521, L.D. 1492 - An Act To Attract, Educate and Retain New Mainers To Strengthen the Workforce

Energy, Utilities and Technology

      S.P. 50, L.D. 131 - An Act To Protect the Biomass Industry

      H.P. 98, L.D. 140 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Entrepreneurial Activity, Attract Business and Enhance Demographic In-migration by Investing in High-speed Broadband Infrastructure and To Amend the Law Governing the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund

      H.P. 190, L.D. 257 - An Act To Enable Municipalities Working with Utilities To Establish Microgrids

      H.P. 193, L.D. 260 - An Act To Create the Maine Energy Office

      H.P. 376, L.D. 532 - An Act To Remove the 100-megawatt Limit on Hydroelectric Generators under the Renewable Resources Laws

      S.P. 267, L.D. 822 - An Act To Ensure Fairness among Large Consumers of Natural Gas

      S.P. 397, L.D. 1176 - An Act To Ensure the Safety of Low-income Persons Who Are Deaf and Who Use Video and Captioned Phones by Providing Equitable Access to the Internet

      S.P. 415, L.D. 1224 - An Act To Allow for Greater Energy Competition in Maine by Amending the Law Governing Electric Generation or Generation-related Assets by Affiliates

      H.P. 951, L.D. 1372 - An Act To Increase Broadband Access for Rural Communities

      H.P. 952 - L.D. 1373 - An Act To Protect and Expand Access to Solar Power in Maine

      S.P. 499, L.D. 1444 - An Act Regarding Large-scale Community Solar Procurement

      H.P. 1011, L.D. 1472 - An Act To Lower the Costs of Broadband Service by Coordinating the Installation of Broadband Infrastructure

      S.P. 516, L.D. 1487 - An Act To Control Electricity Transmission Costs through the Development of Nontransmission Alternatives

      H.P. 1039, L.D. 1515 - An Act To Reduce Electric Rates for Maine Businesses by Amending the Laws Governing Spending from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Trust Fund

      S.P. 566, L.D. 1610 - An Act To Protect Privacy of Online Customer Personal Information

      S.P. 586, L.D. 1632 - An Act To Establish the Manufacturing Jobs Energy Program

Environment and Natural Resources

      H.P. 290, L.D. 399 - An Act To Revise Maine's Environmental Laws

      H.P. 769, L.D. 1095 - An Act To Establish the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission

      H.P. 895, L.D. 1298 - An Act To Update Maine's Water Quality Standards

      H.P. 1054, L.D. 1534 - An Act To Address Hunger, Support Maine Farms and Reduce Waste

Health and Human Services

      S.P. 20, L.D. 40 - An Act To Strengthen Requirements for Water Testing for Schools

      S.P. 58, L.D. 166 - An Act To Increase Reimbursement for Child Care Services

      H.P. 142, L.D. 186 - An Act To Improve Peer Support Services

      S.P. 84, L.D. 238 - An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act

      H.P. 203, L.D. 270 - An Act To Consolidate Administration of Kinship Care and Relative Placement Issues within the Department of Health and Human Services

      H.P. 205, L.D. 272 - An Act Requiring Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccinations for Teenagers

      H.P. 207, L.D. 274 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group To Study Background Checks for Child Care Facilities and Providers

      S.P. 124, L.D. 383 - An Act To Increase Access to Child Care

      S.P. 125, L.D. 384 - An Act To Strengthen Maine Children's Mental Health

      S.P. 127, L.D. 386 - An Act To Establish Universal Health Care for Maine

      S.P. 138, L.D. 411 - An Act To Add Addiction to or Dependency on Opiates or Prescription Drugs to the List of Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

      H.P. 333, L.D. 470 - An Act To Strengthen Maine's Hospitals and Increase Access to Health Care

      H.P. 403, L.D. 561 - An Act To Remove the Requirement That Child Care Facility Workers and Family Child Care Providers Submit to Criminal Background Checks

      H.P. 404, L.D. 562 - An Act Concerning the Department of Health and Human Services

      S.P. 183, L.D. 565 - An Act To Address Maine's Opiate Addiction Crisis

      S.P. 184, L.D. 566 - An Act To Improve Access to High-quality Child Care by Increasing Child Care Rates

      H.P. 421, L.D. 605 - An Act To Support Evidence-based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

      H.P. 482, L.D. 691 - An Act To Prevent Lead Poisoning in Children

      H.P. 483, L.D. 692 - Resolve, To Provide Meals to Homebound Individuals

      H.P. 542, L.D. 762 - An Act To Allow a Percentage of Funds from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund To Fund Health Care Research

      H.P. 543, L.D. 763 - An Act To Support Individuals with Disabilities by Exempting Certain Wages from Consideration for MaineCare

      H.P. 545, L.D. 765 - An Act To Allow In-home Child Care Providers To Care for up to 5 Children without State Certification

      S.P. 257, L.D. 812 - Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Save Lives and Support People with Substance Use Disorder in Washington County

      H.P. 591, L.D. 842 - Resolve, To Support Home Health Services

      S.P. 300, L.D. 898 - An Act To Address Mandatory Overtime for Hospital Professionals

      H.P. 630, L.D. 902 - Resolve, To Increase Access to Evidence-based Psychosocial Treatment for Children in the MaineCare Program

      H.P. 679, L.D. 966 - An Act To Create Mental Health Liaison Positions in Each County Jail

      S.P. 700, L.D. 999 - An Act To Provide a Healthy Learning Environment in Early Care Settings by Requiring Rules Concerning Nutrition and Physical Activity

      H.P. 746, L.D. 1063 - An Act To Protect Substance-exposed Infants

      H.P. 771, L.D. 1097 - An Act To Develop and Distribute Work Training Pamphlets To Educate State Agencies, Private Businesses and Other Organizations about Dementia

      H.P. 772, L.D. 1098 - An Act To Ensure Reasonable Accommodations for Children for Whom Medical Marijuana Has Been Recommended

      S.P. 363, L.D. 1109 - An Act To Improve General Assistance Reimbursements

      H.P. 796, L.D. 1133 - An Act Regarding Access to Appropriate Residential Services for Individuals Being Discharged from Psychiatric Hospitalization

      H.P. 798, L.D. 1135 - An Act To Strengthen the Efficacy of the Medical Marijuana Laws

      H.P. 811, L.D. 1148 - An Act To Safeguard the Rights of Private Child Care Businesses

      S.P. 383, L.D. 1162 - An Act To Reduce the Incidence of Obesity and Chronic Disease in Maine

      S.P. 398, L.D. 1177 - An Act To Create an Appeals Process for Child Care Providers

      H.P. 826, L.D. 1189 - An Act To Define the Age of Consent for Alcohol or Drug Treatment and Mental Health Services

      S.P. 408, L.D. 1214 - An Act To Create Fairness in Home-based Care Fees for Service

      H.P. 886, L.D. 1273 - Resolve, To Redispense Donated Prescription Drugs

      H.P. 923, L.D. 1329 - An Act To Allow Tobacco Retail Establishments To Serve Alcohol

      H.P. 953, L.D. 1374 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Assess and Improve the Availability of Child Care Services

      S.P. 493, L.D. 1423 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Governing Child Care Providers

      H.P. 984, L.D. 1430 - An Act To Develop a Statewide Resource and Referral Center and Develop Hub-and-spoke Models To Improve Access, Treatment and Recovery for Those with Substance Use Disorder

      H.P. 990, L.D. 1435 - An Act To Ensure Transparency in the Distribution of Federal Block Grant Funds

      H.P. 1013, L.D. 1474 - An Act To Reduce the Regulation of Child Care Facilities

      H.P. 1020, L.D. 1481 - Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Provide Travel Vouchers to Persons with Disabilities in Rural Communities

      H.P. 1028, L.D. 1495 - An Act To Break the Generational Cycle of Domestic Violence

      H.P. 1051, L.D. 1527 - An Act To Ensure Safety, Quality and Transparency in the Medical Marijuana Market and To Ensure Sufficient Funding for Regulation and Enforcement with Respect to the Retail Marijuana Industry

      H.P. 1060, L.D. 1539 - An Act To Amend Maine's Medical Marijuana Law

      H.P. 1110, L.D. 1612 - An Act To Support Maine Families through Universal Family Care

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

      H.P. 12, L.D. 11 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish the Right To Hunt and Fish

      H.P. 446, L.D. 630 - An Act To Expand Opportunities for Moose Permit Winners To Swap Their Permits

      H.P. 548, L.D. 768 - An Act To Establish 2 Comprehensive Licenses for Hunting and for Hunting and Fishing

      H.P. 859, L.D. 1236 - An Act To Improve Maine's Heritage Fish List

      S.P. 502, L.D. 1451 - An Act To Promote Biosecurity and Better Regulate the Importation, Possession and Use of Aquatic Species

Insurance and Financial Services

      S.P. 130, L.D. 389 - An Act To Promote Access to Financial Institutions by Entities That Are Authorized under State Law

      S.P. 155, L.D. 453 - Resolve, Regarding Insurance Coverage for Alternative Therapies for Addiction and Recovery

      S.P. 222, L.D. 660 - An Act To Allow Credit and Debit Card Surcharges

      H.P. 487, L.D. 696 - An Act Regarding Insurance and Financial Services

      H.P. 681, L.D. 968 - An Act To Help Prevent Financial Elder Abuse

      S.P. 337, L.D. 1030 - An Act To Require Nondiscrimination Policies in Providing Health Care Services

      S.P. 339, L.D. 1032 - An Act To Ensure Protection and Health Insurance of Patients

      S.P. 431, L.D. 1279 - An Act To Ensure Patient Protections in the Health Insurance Laws

      H.P. 975, L.D. 1417 - An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease

      H.P. 1015, L.D. 1476 - An Act To Ensure Continued Coverage for Essential Health Care

      S.P. 532, L.D. 1507 - An Act To Establish a Student Loan Bill of Rights To License and Regulate Student Loan Servicers

Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation

      H.P. 122, L.D. 164 - An Act To Require Tamper-evident Packaging for Recreational Marijuana Products

      H.P. 171, L.D. 215 - An Act To Require a License for the Possession, Sale, Cultivation or Transportation of Marijuana for Recreational Use

      S.P. 77, L.D. 231 - An Act To Allow Municipalities To Regulate the Growing of Marijuana

      H.P. 234, L.D. 301 - An Act To Protect Children from Marijuana Sales by Prohibiting Retail Marijuana Establishments and Social Clubs near Schools

      S.P. 98, L.D. 310 - An Act To Responsibly Implement an Adult Use Cannabis Program

      S.P. 128, L.D. 387 - An Act To Provide for Oversight of Maine's Recreational Marijuana Laws

      H.P. 313, L.D. 433 - An Act To Allow Municipalities To Apply a Local Option Sales Tax to the Sale of Marijuana

      H.P. 361, L.D. 498 - An Act Regarding Marijuana Licensing

      H.P. 362, L.D. 499 - An Act To Allow Municipalities To Prohibit Retail Marijuana Facilities in Safe Zones

      H.P. 389, L.D. 545 - An Act To Ensure Maine's Unorganized Townships and Plantations Maintain Local Control under Laws Legalizing Marijuana

      H.P. 412, L.D. 596 - An Act To Promote Highway Safety by Restricting the Use of Marijuana and Possession of an Open Marijuana Container in a Motor Vehicle

      H.P. 441, L.D. 625 - An Act To Prohibit the Location of a Marijuana Facility within 2,000 Feet of a House of Public Worship or Property Associated with a House of Public Worship

      H.P. 442, L.D. 626 - An Act To Provide Funding for County Jails from Sales Tax Collected on Retail Sales of Marijuana and Marijuana Products

      H.P. 443, L.D. 627 - An Act To Establish a Data Collection Program To Monitor Effects of Marijuana Regulation

      S.P. 229, L.D. 667 - An Act To Repeal the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

      S.P. 234, L.D. 672 - An Act To Clarify a Municipality's Authority To Adopt and Enforce Land Use Regulations for Marijuana Facilities

      H.P. 516, L.D. 734 - An Act Extending the Time Period for Municipalities To Approve Marijuana Businesses

      H.P. 577, L.D. 797 - An Act To Fund Railroad Infrastructure and Operations

      H.P. 578, L.D. 798 - An Act To Clarify the Intent of the Licensing Provisions in the Marijuana Legalization Act

      H.P. 579, L.D. 799 - An Act To Protect Landlords and Tenants from the Deleterious Effects of Marijuana Use

      S.P. 251, L.D. 806 - An Act To Provide Tax Fairness and To Lower Medical Expenses for Patients under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act

      H.P. 603, L.D. 854 - An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Marijuana Legalization Act as Approved by the Voters

      H.P. 604, L.D. 855 - An Act To Protect Children from Edible Cannabis Products

      H.P. 666, L.D. 938 - An Act To Harmonize Provisions of "An Act To Legalize Marijuana" with Related Provisions of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act

      H.P. 834, L.D. 1197 - An Act to Support Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

      H.P. 845, L.D. 1209 - An Act To Reserve for County Government One Percent of the Excise Tax Revenue from the Sale of Retail Marijuana

      H.P. 985, L.D. 1431 - An Act To Dedicate a Portion of the Tax on the Sale of Marijuana to Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Law Enforcement Costs and Regulatory Oversight

      H.P. 1000, L.D. 1448 - An Act To Clarify Certain Provisions of the Marijuana Legalization Act and To Deter the Use of Marijuana by Minors

      S.P. 520, L.D. 1491 - An Act To Provide for Safety, Quality and Transparency in the Retail Marijuana Industry

      S.P. 524, L.D. 1499 - An Act To Better Regulate Marijuana

      H.P. 1100, L.D. 1596 - An Act To Establish the Cannabis Advisory Commission

Judiciary

      H.P. 91, L.D. 123 - An Act To Recodify and Revise the Maine Probate Code

      H.P. 216, L.D. 283 - An Act To Increase the Jurisdictional Limits for Small Claims

      S.P. 266, L.D. 821 - An Act To Enact the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

      H.P. 595, L.D. 846 - An Act To Enact the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

      H.P. 609, L.D. 860 - An Act To Establish a Statewide Electronic Warrant System

      H.P. 662, L.D. 934 - An Act To Establish an Expedited Temporary Guardianship Process

      H.P. 682, L.D. 969 - An Act Regarding Nonprobate Transfers on Death

      H.P. 824, L.D. 1187 - An Act To Amend the Child Protective Services Statutes

      S.P. 430, L.D. 1267 - An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals

      S.P. 463, L.D. 1355 - An Act To Ensure the Timely and Proper Completion of Residential Foreclosures

      S.P. 484, L.D. 1406 - An Act To Promote Prescription Drug Price Transparency

      H.P. 1062, L.D. 1541 - An Act To Protect Certain Administrative Licensing Files

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development

      S.P. 231, L.D. 669 - An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers

      H.P. 491, L.D. 700 - An Act To Give Flexibility to Employees and Employers for Temporary Layoffs

      H.P. 640, L.D. 912 - An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy

      S.P. 314, L.D. 958 - An Act To Enact the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act

      H.P. 867, L.D. 1244 - An Act To Support Small Manufacturers in the State

      H.P. 921, L.D. 1327 - An Act To Allow Former Military Medical Personnel To Perform Certain Medical Services

      H.P. 1063, L.D. 1542 - An Act To Support Lead Abatement in Older Residential Properties

      H.P. 1079, L.D. 1566 - An Act To Enact the Maine Fair Chance Employment Act

      H.P. 1091, L.D. 1587 - An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System

Marine Resources

      H.P. 494, L.D. 703 - An Act To Address Marine Debris Resulting from Commercial Activities

      H.P. 650, L.D. 922 - An Act Directing the Commissioner of Marine Resources To Investigate the Conditions of Sheepscot Pond Related to a Management Plan for Anadromous Fish Species

      H.P. 1043, L.D. 1519 - An Act To Define the Intertidal Zone for the Management and Enforcement of Shellfish Conservation Ordinances

State and Local Government

      H.P. 73, L.D. 105 - An Act To Create a Centralized Authority To Combat Opiate Addiction in Maine

      H.P. 336, L.D. 473 - An Act To Quantitatively Evaluate State Contracts

      H.P. 560, L.D. 780 - An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of Cary Plantation

      S.P. 268, L.D. 823 - An Act To Promote Transparency with Respect to Surveillance Technology

      S.P. 290, L.D. 890 - An Act To Include a Representative of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs in the House of Representatives

      H.P. 751, L.D. 1068 - An Act To Require That State-funded Buildings Be Constructed with Wood Products

      H.P. 935, L.D. 1345 - An Act To Provide Alternative Repayment Methods to Employees Overcompensated through an Employer Error

      H.P. 1023, L.D. 1484 - An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of the Town of Atkinson

      H.P. 1092, L.D. 1588 - An Act To Maintain Mail Routes and Access to Residential Structures

      H.P. 1107, L.D. 1604 - Resolve, To Amend Authorization To Sell Certain Property in Augusta

Taxation

      S.P. 144, L.D. 442 - An Act To Create a Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit

      S.P. 435, L.D. 1283 - An Act To Modernize the Mining Excise Tax

      H.P. 932, L.D. 1338 - An Act To Create and Sustain Jobs through Development of Cooperatives and Employee-owned Businesses

      S.P. 507, L.D. 1461 - An Act To Encourage the Construction of Affordable Housing

      H.P. 1018, L.D. 1479 - An Act To Modernize and Improve Maine's Property Tax System

      H.P. 1057, L.D. 1537 - An Act To Replace the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit with the Student Loan Repayment Credit for Maine Residents

      H.P. 1078, L.D. 1565 - An Act To Ensure the Effectiveness of Tax Increment Financing

      H.P. 1102, L.D. 1599 - An Act To Improve the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law

      H.P. 1124, L.D. 1629 - An Act To Protect the Elderly from Tax Lien Foreclosures

Transportation

      H.P. 165, L.D. 209 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Temporary Sign Usage

      S.P. 199, L.D. 584 - An Act To Create the Fund for Municipalities To Improve Pedestrian Safety

      H.P. 812, L.D. 1149 - An Act To Provide Revenue To Fix and Rebuild Maine's Infrastructure

      S.P. 478, L.D. 1400 - An Act To Create the Bar Harbor Port Authority

      H.P. 1099, L.D. 1595 - An Act Regarding Inspection Requirements for Public Safety and Municipal Vehicles Owned by Island Communities

Veterans and Legal Affairs

      H.P. 32, L.D. 31 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District

      H.P. 838, L.D. 1201 - An Act To Authorize Tribal Gaming

      S.P. 550, L.D. 1568 - An Act To Require That Principals of Corporations Remain the Same for a Specified Number of Years for the Corporation To Be Eligible for a Casino License

      S.P. 560, L.D. 1590 - An Act Authorizing the Aroostook Band of Micmacs and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians To Benefit from the Operation of an Existing Casino

      H.P. 1137, L.D. 1646 - An Act To Bring Maine's Ranked-choice Voting Law into Constitutional Compliance; and be it further

 

ORDERED, that the following specified matters, which are tabled in the House of Representatives, be held over to any special or regular session, or both, of the 128th Legislature:

 

      S.P. 384, L.D. 1163 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funding for a Program of Student Debt Cancellation and Refinancing

      S.P. 568, L.D. 1613 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Assist in the Commercialization of Maine Products and Services; and be it further

 

ORDERED, that the following specified matter be held over on the Special Appropriations Table to any special or regular session, or both, of the 128th Legislature:

 

      H.P. 1027, L.D. 1494 - An Act To Increase the Availability of Foster Homes

 

 

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