Legislation of Interest

Government relations is a key membership benefit and we’re engaged 12-months a year in legislative, regulatory and policy matters impacting our members. The MGFPA reviews proposed bills and will post Bills of Interest.  Each week during the session, members will receive the Legislative Watch.  In addition, the MGFPA Government Relations Committee meets via conference call. FMI: call us at 207.622.4461. The 128th Maine Legislature's first session adjourned August 2, 2017.

1534: An Act To Address Hunger, Support Maine Farms and Reduce Waste

Status: Carry Over

This bill creates the Maine food producers donation tax credit. The tax credit program allows food producers to apply for a tax credit equal to 50% of the fair market value of the donated food when they donate such food to a nonprofit food assistance organization or school. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services may not authorize more than $150,000 in tax credits per fiscal year. The bill directs the bureau to adopt rules to implement the Maine food producers donation tax credit.

The bill also includes immunity from civil liability in regards to injury, illness or death due to the condition of the donated food for a charitable or nonprofit organization and its employees who distribute food without charge or at less than fair market value. The immunity also applies to a hospital or health care facility or eating establishment that donates food. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and publish a summary of liability protections for food donors and distributors of donated food.

The bill also creates the Maine Food Recovery Commission, consisting of 13 members, 5 of whom are Legislators. The commission must meet 4 times to review and evaluate the economic, environmental and human costs of food waste in Maine and assess current systems of food production, distribution and waste to determine where and how food is wasted in a manner inconsistent with Maine’s food recovery hierarchy as well as to develop a strategy to address any inconsistencies with the food recover hierarchy. The commission is required to submit a report by December 6, 2017 to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources with its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation.

 

Updated: January 1, 1970

1565: An Act To Ensure the Effectiveness of Tax Increment Financing

Category: General Business | Status: Carry Over

This bill amends the criteria for adopting a development program as part of a development district by requiring that 80% of the area within the district is designated for development by an entity engaged in a qualified business activity that is directly related to financial services, manufacturing or targeted technologies.

Updated: June 6, 2017

1587: An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System

Category: Labor | Status: Carry Over

This bill creates a paid family medical leave program, patterned after the unpaid family medical leave program existing in current law but requiring a contribution from an eligible employee, or a self-employed person on a voluntary basis, of no more than 0.5% of the employee’s or self-employed person’s wages or earnings.

Updated: May 5, 2017

1584: An Act To Expand the Local Foods Economy by Promoting Local Foods Procurement

Category: Food Production | Status: Carry Over

This bill requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish a good local foods procurement program to encourage the purchase and sale of foods that are produced and harvested in this State and that are healthy, safe, wholesome, nutritious, affordable, accessible and sustainably produced. The program, administered by the commissioner, must help farmers and fishermen in this State by increasing demand for and direct purchasing of their products by individuals and institutions with a goal of increasing the sale and purchase of good local foods by 20% no later than 2025 and supporting local economies, farms, fisheries, jobs, nutrition, environmental sustainability and animal welfare. The program also must improve access to good local foods.

Updated: May 4, 2017

1570: An Act To Make Technical Changes to Maine's Tax Laws

Category: Taxation | Status: Passed

Comprehensive technical changes to Maine’s tax code submitted by Governor LePage.

Updated: May 4, 2017

1566: An Act To Enact the Maine Fair Chance Employment Act

Category: Labor | Status: Carry Over

This bill enacts the Maine Fair Chance Employment Act and adds restrictions to the use of criminal history information in the context of employment decisions by private employers and the State and its political subdivisions and of licensing decisions by licensing agencies.

Updated: May 4, 2017

1564: An Act To Conform State Law to Federal Law While Promoting Safe Working Environments for Minors

Category: Labor | Status: Passed

This proposal comes from the Department of Labor to update laws governing minors in the work place to conform with federal standards.  This is a second bill that would extend the permitting process.

Updated: April 28, 2017

1530: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Unemployment Compensation

Category: General Business | Status: Passed

Would update Maine’s Unemployment Compensation laws with federal laws.

Updated: April 21, 2017

1525: An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Alcohol Manufacturer Licenses

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Defeated

This bill would consolidate sections of law governing tastings and would also updates licensing provisions for on-premises consumption.

Updated: April 21, 2017

1522: An Act To Authorize a Local Option Sales Tax

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality.

Updated: April 21, 2017

1505: An Act To Create Consistency in the Regulation of Pesticides

Category: Environmental | Status: Defeated

This bill prohibits a municipality from adopting or continuing to enforce any ordinance or rule regarding the sale or use of pesticides.

Updated: April 21, 2017

1409: An Act To Reduce Regulations for Small Nonalcoholic Beverage Producers

Category: Food Production | Status: Passed

This bill allows small nonalcoholic beverage producers that manufacture or bottle no more than 50,000 gallons of beverages a year to clean and sanitize reusable beverage containers by washing by hand and bottle and carbonate the containers by hand as long as all other cleaning and sanitizing requirements are met.

Updated: April 7, 2017

1405: An Act To Require Remote Sellers To Collect and Remit Sales and Use Tax on Sales into Maine and To Provide Retailers a Collection Allowance

Category: Taxation | Status: Passed

This proposal would mandate online retailers to collect and remit sales tax and be permitted to retain 2% of the sales tax.

Updated: April 7, 2017

1265: An Act To Allow the Creation of a Local Option Sales Tax by Referendum

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, of no more than 1% by local referendum.

Updated: March 31, 2017

1259: An Act Regarding Pay Equality

Category: Labor | Status: Defeated

This bill amends the Maine Human Rights Act to provide that evidence of discrimination with respect to compensation includes an employer seeking information about a prospective employee’s prior wage history before an offer of employment, including all compensation, to the prospective employee has been made. It provides that this discrimination is also evidenced by an employer requiring that a prospective employee’s prior compensation history meet certain criteria.

Updated: March 31, 2017

1245: An Act To Ensure the Effectiveness of Tax Expenditures

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This bill would require any business who receives government funding subject to rescission or recapture if the company fails to meet the goals for which the subsidy was provided, such as new jobs, high wages, benefits such as health insurance and maintenance of employment levels for the duration of the subsidy or incentive period.

Updated: March 31, 2017

1244: An Act To Support Small Manufacturers in the State

Category: Food Production | Status: Carry Over

This concept draft would help small manufacturers.

Updated: March 31, 2017

1300: An Act To Require a Prescription for a Medication That Contains Certain Substances That May Be Used To Make Methamphetamine

Category: Pharmacy | Status: Defeated

Would require a prescription to possess any amount of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine removing these products from the laws governing over-the-counter sales of methamphetamine precursors.

Updated: March 31, 2017

1182: An Act Regarding the Disclosure of Hormone-disrupting Chemicals in Packaged Food

Category: Food Production | Status: Defeated

This bill requires manufacturers and distributors of food or beverage products to submit to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry written notice if an ortho-phthalate or any other chemical the department determines poses a human health hazard is present in an amount greater than a de minimus level in the product’s container or packaging or the food or beverage within the container or packaging. It requires the department to make information received from manufacturers and distributors available to the public. It authorizes the department to assess a fee on manufacturers and distributors.

Updated: March 23, 2017

1170: An Act To Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Passed

This bill raises the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 years of age to 21 years of age. The definition of “tobacco product” is expanded to include additional forms of tobacco and materials and devices used in the consumption of tobacco, including electronic smoking devices. The bill also changes the penalties for the unlawful sale and purchase of tobacco products.

Updated: March 23, 2017

1167: An Act To Deregulate the In-state Extraction and Sale of Raw Honey

Category: Food Production | Status: Defeated

This bill exempts raw honey producers and sellers from licensing and inspection by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry as long as the raw honey is both extracted and sold within the State.

Updated: March 23, 2017

1159: An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees

Category: Labor | Status: Defeated

This bill creates a right to paid sick leave for employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement who are employed by an employer that employs 50 or more employees. It also creates a right to unpaid sick leave for employees of an employer that employs fewer than employees. This bill takes effect January 1, 2019.

Updated: March 23, 2017

1149: An Act To Provide Revenue To Fix and Rebuild Maine's Infrastructure

Category: Taxation | Status: Carry Over

It increases by $3 to $10 certain fees charged by the Secretary of State for driver’s license examinations, temporary license plates, nondriver identification cards, issuance of duplicate registrations, titles, licenses and nondriver identification cards and transfers of registrations.  It imposes a $200 surcharge, dedicated to the Highway Fund, on the registration of hybrid motor vehicles, battery-electric motor vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell motor vehicles.  It requires 10% of the sales tax imposed on transportation-related items, such as motor vehicles and the products for the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, such as motor oil, batteries and tires, to be transferred to the Highway Fund on a monthly basis.  It increases the tax imposed on motor vehicle fuel by 7¢ per gallon, to 36.5¢ per gallon, beginning October 1, 2017.

Updated: March 22, 2017

1089: An Act To Prohibit the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving

Category: Miscellaneous | Status: Vetoed

This bill prohibits a person from using a mobile telephone or handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle unless the mobile telephone or handheld electronic device allows for hands-free operation.

Updated: March 16, 2017

1070: Resolve, To Alleviate Hunger in Rural Maine in Areas of High Unemployment

Category: SNAP & WIC | Status: Defeated

This would require the Maine DHHS to submit a waiver to the USDA to extend the benefit time limit for able-bodied adults without dependents in certain areas.

Updated: March 15, 2017

1013: An Act To Clarify the Law Allowing Certificate of Approval Holders and Manufacturers or Suppliers of Spirits To Offer Mail-in Rebates

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Passed

This bill clarifies that a manufacturer or supplier of spirits or a certificate of approval holder may offer mail-in rebates that offer an incrementally greater discount for an increased volume of purchased spirits.

Updated: March 13, 2017

1012: An Act To Improve the Availability of Agency Liquor Stores in Underserved Areas and To Expand the Sale of Spirits in New Channels

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Defeated

This bill creates an exception to the limit on the number of agency liquor stores in a municipality without an agency liquor store as long as an agency liquor store is not located within 3.5 miles of the municipality. It also allows BABLO to license stores in municipalities along interstate highways and at major airports in the State and requires the bureau to enter into contracts for the management of those stores.

Updated: March 12, 2017

1005: An Act Regarding Minimum Wage Increases

Category: Minimum Wage | Status: Defeated

This bill eliminates the $1 per hour increases in the minimum wage scheduled for each of the next 3 years and eliminates increases in the minimum wage based on the increase in the cost of living starting in 2021. It also restores the tip credit to the minimum wage laws.

Updated: March 12, 2017

1004: An Act To Increase Fines for Certain Wage and Benefits Violations

Category: Labor | Status: Passed

This bill amends the law regarding employment practices by increasing the fine for a violation of certain state wage and benefits laws to $500 for the first violation and $2,500 for each subsequent violation and by providing a private right of action for a person aggrieved of such a violation.

Updated: March 12, 2017

991: An Act To Establish a Minimum Wage for Minors

Category: Minimum Wage | Status: Defeated

This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for minors that is 75% of the minimum hourly wage established for persons who are 18 years of age and older.

Updated: March 12, 2017

971: An Act To Exempt Certain Employees from the Minimum Wage Laws

Category: Minimum Wage | Status: Defeated

This bill exempts from the minimum wage laws an employee who has not attained 18 years of age, is claimed as a dependent on the income tax return of another person or is employed by a seasonal employer.

Updated: March 12, 2017

957: Resolve, To Update Maine's Liquor Laws

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Passed

This bill directs the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to convene a working group to review and update the laws governing alcoholic beverages.

Updated: March 12, 2017

945: An Act To Reduce the Burden of Tobacco-related Illness by Increasing Revenue from the Cigarette Tax for Use for Tobacco Cessation

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Defeated

This bill increases the cigarette tax from $2.00 to $3.50 per pack of cigarettes, beginning November 1, 2017 raising $8,100,000 to fund tobacco prevention programs.

Updated: March 12, 2017

931: An Act To Create Extended Producer Responsibility for Postconsumer Waste Generated from the Use of Tobacco Products

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Defeated

This concept draft would create a tobacco package and “butts” stewardship program requiring manufacturers and retailers to educate their customers regarding the end of (use) product management program and require the Maine DEP to establish measurable goals.

Updated: March 12, 2017

913: An Act Regarding Workers' Compensation Insurance Rates for Small Businesses

Category: General Business | Status: Defeated

This bill charges the Superintendent of Insurance with developing a modification factor to reduce the workers’ compensation insurance rates for employers with fewer than 50 employees based on an assessment of the relative risk to the insurer and the relative cost burden of the insurance on such small business employers. The small business employer modification factor applies to workers’ compensation insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2018.

Updated: March 12, 2017

893: An Act To Improve and Protect Maine Organic Milk Producers

Category: Milk & Milk Products | Status: Defeated

This concept draft aims to provide a mediation between Maine organic dairy farmers and USDA organic certification.

Updated: March 4, 2017

884: An Act To Exempt Small Bottlers from the Bottling Plant Requirements

Category: Beverage Containers | Status: Defeated

This bill exempts beverage plants bottling up to 10,000 gallons of beverages per year from the law governing beverage plants.

Updated: March 4, 2017

855: An Act To Protect Children from Edible Cannabis Products

Category: Marijuana | Status: Carry Over

Would prohibit the production and sales of “edibles” packaged or shaped that would appeal to children.

Updated: March 4, 2017

831: An Act To Base the Minimum Wage on a New England State Average and To Restore the Tip Credit

Status: Defeated

This bill provides that starting January 1, 2018 the minimum hourly wage is the average minimum hourly wage in the New England states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island on July 1st of the previous year, as determined annually by the Commissioner of Labor. It also restores the tip credit.

Updated: March 2, 2017

829: An Act To Increase the Income Tax Surcharge Threshold Imposed on Households

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This bill amends the 3% surcharge imposed on individual taxable income over $200,000 to increase the threshold, for tax years beginning after 2017, to $300,000 for taxpayers filing as heads of households and to $400,000 for taxpayers filing married joint returns or surviving spouses permitted to file a joint return. Single individuals and married persons filing separate returns are still subject to the surcharge on taxable income over $200,000.

Updated: March 2, 2017

794: An Act Regarding the Taxation of Flavored Malt Beverages

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Passed

This bill clarifies under the liquor laws that “spirits” does not include a food flavoring or similar product used for cooking that has a high alcohol content and that a “low-alcohol spirits product” does not include malt liquor or malt liquor flavored with a food flavoring or similar product used for cooking that has a high alcohol content to prevent the malt liquor from being taxed as a low-alcohol spirits product.

Updated: March 2, 2017

781: An Act To Support the Trades through a Tax Credit for Apprenticeship Programs

Category: Taxation | Status: Carry Over

This bill provides an income tax credit to employers with apprenticeship programs approved by the Department of Labor. The credit is equal to $2,500 for each registered apprentice employed by the taxpayer during the taxable year in an approved apprenticeship program.

Updated: March 2, 2017

778: An Act To Eliminate the Indexing of the Minimum Wage to Inflation

Category: Labor | Status: Defeated

This bill would eliminate the indexing of the minimum wage effective on January 1, 2021.

Updated: March 2, 2017

LD 775: An Act To Prohibit the Minimum Wage from Exceeding the New England Average

Category: Labor | Status: Defeated

This bill provides that the minimum wage may not exceed the average minimum wage paid in the New England states, as determined by the Commissioner of Labor.

Updated: March 2, 2017

774: An Act To Create a Training Wage

Category: Labor | Status: Defeated

This bill provides a minimum hourly training wage of $1.00 above the federal minimum wage for a person who is 20 years of age or under and is a student at a secondary or postsecondary school.

Updated: March 2, 2017

725: An Act To Recognize Local Control Regarding Food and Water Systems

Category: Food Production | Status: Passed

Would permit local food ordinances, under home rule, to allow “local” food systems and water production.

Updated: February 26, 2017

708: An Act To Use Taxes on Nonmedical Marijuana and Increase the Tax on Cigarettes To Partially Offset the 3% Income Tax Surcharge

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Defeated

This bill increases the sales tax on nonmedical marijuana from 10% to 15% and the tax on cigarettes from $2.00 per pack of 20 cigarettes to $2.50 per pack. The bill provides that revenue from these increases is deposited in the newly created Surcharge Relief Fund to be used to reduce the rate of the 3% surcharge on taxable income exceeding $200,000. The bill contains an effective date of October 1, 2017.

Updated: February 22, 2017

702: An Act To Restore the Tip Credit to Maine Employees

Category: Minimum Wage | Status: Defeated

This bill restores the tip credit to the minimum wage laws.

Updated: February 22, 2017

701: An Act To Establish the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program

Category: Labor | Status: Defeated

This bill creates the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program to provide wage replacement benefits to persons who qualify for family medical leave. The program is funded by employee contributions and provides 2/3 of a person’s average weekly wage or 100% of the state average weekly wage, whichever is lower, for up to 6 weeks in any 12-month period. Employee contributions are collected on a sliding scale based on wages.

Updated: February 22, 2017

700: An Act To Give Flexibility to Employees and Employers for Temporary Layoffs

Category: Labor | Status: Carry Over

This bill creates an exemption from the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits dealing with work search for an individual otherwise eligible for unemployment benefits when that individual has been temporarily laid off with a definite recall date of not more than 12 weeks from the date of the individual’s temporary layoff.

Updated: February 22, 2017

699: An Act To Enact the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act

Category: Environmental | Status: Defeated

This bill enacts the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act to create a statutory and regulatory framework designed to prevent harm to employees by reducing exposure to highly toxic chemicals in the workplace and thereby decrease the rates of cancer and other chronic diseases in the State, improve workplace chemical management and safety and ensure safer workplaces and healthier communities.

Updated: February 22, 2017

683: An Act To Fund the Maine Solid Waste Diversion Grant Program and To Phase Out Certain Containers from the Bottle Redemption Laws

Category: Beverage Containers | Status: Defeated

This bill phases out beverage containers 46 ounces and greater in capacity from the bottle redemption laws beginning December 1, 2017.

Updated: February 22, 2017

675: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Food Processing Infrastructure in Targeted Areas of the State

Category: Food Production | Status: Carry Over

This is a $20 million bond proposal to support food production in certain regions of the State.  It would require voter approval.

Updated: February 22, 2017

673: An Act To Restore the Tip Credit to Maine's Minimum Wage Law

Category: Minimum Wage | Status: Passed

This bill restores the tip credit to the minimum wage laws.

Updated: February 22, 2017

LD 669: An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers

Category: Labor | Status: Carry Over

This concept draft proposes to enact a comprehensive package of proposals designed to address the unmet workforce needs of employers and to improve the economic future of workers.

Updated: February 22, 2017

660: An Act To Allow Credit and Debit Card Surcharges

Category: General Business | Status: Carry Over

This RAM and MGFPA initiated bill would permit retailers to impose a surcharge on a customer using a credit card or debit cards.

Updated: February 22, 2017

LD 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

Category: General Business | Status: Carry Over

This bill prohibits a retail marijuana establishment or retail marijuana social club from being located within 2,000 feet of a house of public worship or property associated with a house of public worship.

Updated: February 20, 2017

LD 579: An Act Regarding Transfers of Liquor between Licensed Manufacturers' Facilities

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Passed

This bill permits a manufacturer who manufactures liquor at multiple licensed locations to transport the manufacturer’s own product between those locations, as is allowed under federal law.

Updated: February 18, 2017

572: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Practice of Pharmacy

Category: Pharmacy | Status: Defeated

This bill would amend the laws to include pharmacy as a practice of health care.

Updated: February 18, 2017

571: An Act To Eliminate the 3 Percent Surcharge on Certain Income and Provide an Alternative Funding Source for the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This concept draft would repeal the 3% income tax and would direct the sales tax on recreational marijuana and other surplus revenue to meet the 55% education threshold.

Updated: February 18, 2017

LD 544: An Act To Expand Wine and Beer Tastings at Retail Establishments

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Defeated

Current law allows a person licensed for retail sale of wine or malt liquor for off-premises consumption to conduct taste testings if they stock at least 125 different labels of wine or 100 different labels of malt liquor. This bill removes the minimum stock requirements.

Updated: February 9, 2017

LD 493: An Act To Tax the Extraction of Water for Certain Commercial Purposes and Fund Water Quality Programs

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This bill creates an excise tax of 1¢ per gallons of groundwater or surface water extracted from springs or other underground sources in this State by a bottled water operator that extracted more than 1,000,000 gallons in the previous calendar year if the water is packaged for sale. The revenues from the tax are transferred to a newly created Maine Water Quality Testing and Monitoring Fund to support well water testing and lake water quality monitoring and support.

Updated: February 9, 2017

LD 488: An Act To Provide for Municipalities To Allow Grocery Stores up to 10,000 Square Feet To Open on Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas

Category: General Business | Status: Defeated

This bill allows a municipality by ordinance to allow grocery stores with no more than 10,000 square feet of interior customer selling space to be open on Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Updated: February 9, 2017

466: An Act To Protect Employees from Abusive Work Environments

Category: General Business | Status: Defeated

This bill provides legal relief for employees who have been harmed psychologically, physically or economically by exposure to abusive work environments. Employees and employers who subject an employee to an abusive work environment are liable, and employers are vicariously liable for the abusive workplace conduct of their employees, in a private civil action brought by the affected employee.

Updated: February 9, 2017

432: An Act To Designate a Maine Community Litter Cleanup Day

Category: Environmental | Status: Passed

This bill would establish the Month of May as Maine Community Litter Clean Up Day.

Updated: February 9, 2017

456: An Act To Increase Access to Vaccinations

Category: Pharmacy | Status: Defeated

This bill allows the administration of certain vaccines by a pharmacist to a person 33 years of age and older, instead of 18 years of age and older as in current law. A person is required to have a valid prescription, treatment protocol or written standing order from an authorized practitioner in this State in order to obtain a vaccination.

Updated: February 4, 2017

LD 455: An Act Relating to the Provision of Tobacco Cessation Services by Pharmacists

Category: Pharmacy | Status: Passed

This bill would allow pharmacy’s to offer tobacco cessation counseling services and the furnishing of nicotine replacement products and requires pharmacists to be reimbursed by the MaineCare program for these services.

Updated: February 4, 2017

433: An Act To Allow Municipalities To Apply a Local Option Sales Tax to the Sale of Marijuana

Category: Taxation | Status: Carry Over

This bill allows a municipality that approves the location of a retail marijuana store or a retail marijuana social club to impose a local option sales tax. Revenue from the local option sales tax after deduction for the cost of state administration is distributed to the municipality

Updated: February 4, 2017

LD 415: An Act To Modify the Amount of Product Samples of Malt Liquor, Wine or Spirits That May Be Provided to Retail Licensees

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Passed

This bill would increase the amount of beer, wine and spirits samples provided to a retailer.

Updated: February 3, 2017

LD 402: An Act To Establish Maine Buy Local Month

Category: General Business | Status: Defeated

This bill would require the Governor to proclaim the month of November as Maine Buy Local Month and directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to promote.

Updated: February 3, 2017

LD 390: An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019

Status: Passed

Governor LePage’s two-year budget bill that would go into effect on July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019. The bill seeks to reduce the state’s income tax by creating two effective rates, applying the recently passed citizen referendum 3% increase to all Maine taxpayers.  In order to offset the reduction in revenue, the Governor proposes to broaden the sales tax to a variety of personal services, entertainment and increases the state’s lodging tax to 10%.

Updated: February 3, 2017

LD 388: An Act Regarding the Sale of Alcohol by a Manufacturer with an On-premises Retail License

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Passed

The bill specifies that a location of the manufacturing facility where off-premises sales of the manufacturer’s product occur is not required to be accessed by a separate entrance from the area of the facility that is licensed to serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. It also clarifies that distilleries and small distilleries are subject to the existing law that requires spirits sold at retail to first be listed for sale and distributed by the State.

Updated: February 1, 2017

LD 385: An Act To Establish a Stewardship Program for Certain Rechargeable Batteries

Category: Environmental | Status: Defeated

This bill provides for the establishment of a new stewardship program in the State for discarded nickel-cadmium and small sealed lead-acid rechargeable batteries.

Updated: February 1, 2017

LD 339: An Act To Reduce Restrictions on Wine Shipments

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Defeated

This bill allows the direct shipment of wine in bottles that are smaller than 750 milliliters to customers in the State.

Updated: February 1, 2017

LD 337: 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

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This bill repeals the provisions establishing the Fund to Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education and the income tax surcharge of 3% imposed on taxable income of $200,000 or more, which is the source of revenue for the fund.

Updated: February 1, 2017

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

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This concept draft bill proposes to eliminate certain corporate tax expenditures and use the savings  to reduce the individual income tax rates.

Updated: January 28, 2017

LD 296: An Act To Restrict Advertising of and Improve Fairness for State Lottery Games

Category: Lottery | Status: Defeated

This bill requires prizes for state lotteries to have an annual aggregate payback of 90% of gross revenues or greater. The bill also states that rules adopted by the State Liquor and Lottery Commission must prohibit marketing, advertising and promotion of state lotteries except at locations where lottery tickets are sold. Finally, the bill requires the commission to adopt rules governing payback percentages and advertising no later than December 1, 2017.

Updated: January 28, 2017

LD 291: An Act To Maintain the Income Tax Rate on Persons with Taxable Income above $200,000

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This bill decreases the rate of tax imposed on the income of resident individuals on income in excess of $200,000 from 7.15% to 4.15%.

Updated: January 28, 2017

LD 284: An Act Concerning Notification after a Security Breach

Category: General Business | Status: Defeated

This bill shortens the time allowed for a delay in notification to residents of the State of a breach of the security of a system that contains computerized personal information from 7 business days to 3 business days.

Updated: January 28, 2017

LD 263: An Act To Provide Additional Assistance for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Receiving Food Supplement Program Benefits

Category: SNAP & WIC | Status: Defeated

This bill requires the State to ensure that a household that includes a member who is elderly or disabled and that receives a federally funded benefit under the statewide food supplement program receives a minimum benefit of $30 per month by providing a supplemental benefit if necessary

Updated: January 28, 2017

LD 227: An Act To Exclude Cardboard Beverage Containers from the Laws Governing Returnable Beverage Containers

Status: Passed

Would eliminate certain cardboard containers, such as juice boxes, made from compressed cardboard and plastic liners from the beverage container laws.

Updated: January 20, 2017

LD 173: An Act To End Food Insecurity

Category: General Business | Status: Carry Over

This would provide an ongoing general fund allocation of $5 million to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Updated: January 20, 2017

LD 103: An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers

Category: Environmental | Status: Defeated

This bill would ban the sale and use of polystyrene food service containers by January 1, 2018.

Updated: January 13, 2017

LD 91: An Act To Provide an Income Tax Credit for Retailers Collecting Sales Tax

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This bill provides an income tax credit of $100 for retailers who collect, report and 9 remit to the State more than $1,000 in sales tax during the tax year.

Updated: January 13, 2017

LD 88: An Act To Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act

Category: General Business | Status: Passed

The Governor signed into law a delay in the effective date of the Marijuana Legalization Act as enacted by citizen initiative to February 1, 2018. The delayed effective date does not apply to the provision in the initiated bill that permits, anyone over the age of 21, legal possession of up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana which will be effective as of January 30, 2017.

Updated: January 13, 2017

LD 76: An Act To Exempt Diapering Products from the Sales Tax

Category: Taxation | Status: Defeated

This bill provides a sales tax exemption for disposable and reusable diapers for 7 children, diaper covers and wraps that are used with reusable diapers and diaper pins.

Updated: January 13, 2017

LD 86: An Act To Protect Worker Wages and Benefits

Category: Labor | Status: Defeated

This bill eliminates the requirement that the employee make a demand for the earned compensation with the employer. Instead, earned wages must be paid by the employer within a reasonable amount of time after the cessation of employment, regardless of whether the employee has made a demand for the wages.

Updated: January 13, 2017

LD 65: An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment

Category: Labor | Status: Defeated

This “right to work” bill would prohibit an individual from required to join a union or pay union dues.

Updated: January 13, 2017

LD 57: An Act To Phase Out the Use of Single-use Plastic Shopping Bags

Category: Environmental | Status: Defeated

Would ban plastic checkout bags and require retailers to verify that the plastic bags that they collect are being recycled by 2020.

Updated: January 13, 2017

56: An Act To Include 50 Milliliter and Smaller Liquor Bottles in the Laws Governing Returnable Containers

Category: Alcohol & Tobacco | Status: Passed

Would add 50 mil and smaller liquor bottles to the beverage container (returnable) laws.

Updated: January 13, 2017