Amend the bill by inserting after the title and before the enacting clause the following:
‘Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, the Maine Parentage Act goes into effect July 1, 2016, and clarification of the financial responsibility in gestational carrier agreements should be made when the Maine Parentage Act takes effect; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,’
Amend the bill by striking out all of section 2 and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 2. 19-A MRSA §1939 is enacted to read:
Amend the bill by adding before the summary the following:
‘Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect July 1, 2016.’
This amendment replaces section 2 of the bill to provide that the intended parent or parents are liable for the health care costs of a gestational carrier that are not paid by the gestational carrier's health insurance. "Health care costs" is defined to mean the expenses of all health care provided for assisted reproduction, prenatal care, labor and delivery.
This amendment requires the gestational carrier agreement to provide how the health care costs of the gestational carrier are to be paid. It specifically provides that the agreement is not intended to alter any available health insurance coverage.
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause so that the legislation takes effect on July 1, 2016, the date the Maine Parentage Act goes into effect.