Current Legislative Session Bills

130th Maine Legislative Session

LDTitleSponsorCommittee AssignedBrief DescriptionRecommended MAR ActionHearingActionsInformation  
37An Act To Amend Laws Concerning Retired County & Municipal Law Enforcement Officers & Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance ProgramSen. LibbyLabor & HousingBill removes condition to enroll no later than 5 yrs after hire. Changes % of gross wages for contributions and removes requirement of 60 months contributions by enrollees.MonitorFeb. 3, 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 202Voted OTP-AM
46An Act To Further Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical BillsRep. TeplerHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesIt addresses the amount a carrier must reimburse and out-of-network provider under certain circumstances.MonitorFeb 9, 11:00 Cross Bldg. Room 220
56An Act To Prohibit Insurers & 3rd Party Payors from Adjusting Fee Schedules for In-Network Providers Unless Adjustments Apply to All SpecialitiesRep. DooreHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesProhibits carrier from making change in reimbursement rates unless the changes are applied in same manner to all participating providers.MonitorApril 22nd, Public Hearing
60An Act To Clarify the Minimum Amount of Emergency Refills of InsulinRep. TeplerHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesBill requires the insulin dispensed be in a quantity that is at least a 30 day supply.MonitorFeb 9, 11:00 Cross Bldg. Room 220Voted OTP-AM
84An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired TeachersRep. Faulkingham; Cosponsored by Sen. WoodsomeEducation and Cultural AffairsRequires State to pay 55% of retired teacher's share of premium after 6/30/2021.Letter/TestimonyFeb. 17, 1:00 Cross Bldg Room 208
111An Act To Allow Career Educators to Retire Without PenaltyRep. TuellLabor & HousingAllows teachers & school admin. in service after 35 years to retire & collect benefits without penalty. Requires reemployed teacher, etc. pay the same employee contribution rate to retirement system as if filled by employee who is not retired.LetterFeb 3, 10:00 Cross Bldg Room 202
117An Act To Preserve the Health Care of University of Maine System RetireesRep. MillettLabor & HousingProposes to enact measures designed to preseerve the health care of retirees.Letter
120An Act To Lower Health Care Costs through the Establishment of Office of Affordable Health CarePres. JacksonHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesCharged with analyzing data from MHDO & Maine Quality Forum to make recommendations to improve cost efficient provision of high quality health care to residents of this State.MonitorHearing March 30th at 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 220
136An Act To Increase the Maximum Pension Deduction for State Income TaxRep. HanleyTaxationIncreases maximum annual income tax pension deduction for nonmilitary retirement pensions from $10,000 to $35,000 over 5 yr period beginning with 2021 tax year.Testimony
161An Act Making Unified Appropriations & Allocations for Expenditures of State Govt, Highway Fund & Other Funds & Changing Certain Provisions of Law Necessary to Proper Operations of State Govt for Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2021, June 30, 2022 & June 30, 2023.Rep. MartinTransportationConcept DraftMonitor
162An Act To Make Supplemental Allocations from Highway Fund & Other Funds for Expenditures of State Govt & to Change Certain Provisions of Law Necessary to Proper Operations of State Govt for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2021Rep. MartinTransportationConcept DraftMonitorVoted OTP-AM Feb. 23rd
167An Act To Limit Late Medical Billing to 6 MonthsSen. PouliotHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesProhibits charging for health care services if billing statement not provided within 6 months of date care received.MonitorFeb. 11, 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 220
178An Act To Reduce Waste of Prescription MedicationsRep. CuddyHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesMay not prescribe or dispense more than a 30-day supply of Rx that has not been prescribed before. MonitorFeb. 25th Reported Out ONTP
179An Act To Exclude Energy Efficiency Improvements from Property TaxRep. KesslerTaxationProvides property tax exemptions for energy efficiency improvements.MonitorMarch 4 Work Session Held Tabled
220An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for
the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain
Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State
Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2021
Rep. Pierce Governor's BillAppropriations & Financial AffairsMonitor
221An 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, 2021, June 30, 2022 and June 30, 2023Rep. Pierce Governor's BillAppropriations & Financial AffairsMonitor
240An Act Making Certain Appropriations and Allocations and
Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper
Operations of State Government
Sen. BreenAppropriations & Financial AffairsConcept DraftMonitor
254An Act To Allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists To Bill for
Their Services
Rep. PerryHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesMandate requiring health insurance carriers to allow nurse anesthetists to bill for services.MonitorMarch 2 Voted OTP-AM
270An Act To Amend the Regional Adjustment Index To Ensure School
Districts Do Not Receive Less than the State Average for Teacher
Salaries
Sen. Stewart cosponsored by WoodsomeEducation and Cultural AffairsEducation Commissioner may not make an adjustment that decreases a school
administrative unit's allocation for teacher and other school-level staff salary costs.
MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 8 at 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 208. Fiscal Note of $22.6 million annually.
275An Act To Amend the Retirement Laws Pertaining to Certain
Educational Technicians
Rep. CuddyLabor & HousingProvides provides an exception to mandatory membership in the State Employee and
Teacher Retirement Program for employees filling certain educational technician positions
MonitorFeb. 24th Voted OTP-AM. No fiscal impact to State.
276An Act To Improve and Update Maine's Tax LawsRep. BerryTaxationConcept DraftMonitor
290An Act To Stabilize Property Taxes for Individuals 65 Years of Age or Older Who Own a Homestead for at Least 10 YearsSen. Stewart TaxationRequires municipality to maintain property tax on homestead at the amount billed in year prior to application for stabilization.Letter/Testimony
293An Act To Increase State's Share of Cost of Health Insurance for Retired TeachersRep. CollingsEducation and Cultural AffairsRequires State to pay 55% of retired teacher's share of premium after 6/30/2021.Letter/TestimonyFeb. 24th Voted Divided Report. Fiscal Note $3.9 million annually.
296An Act To Provide a Tax Credit for Family CaregiversRep. CloutierTaxationProvides refundable income tax credit of $2000 for certified family caregivers.Monitor
304An Act To Make Certain Supplemental Approps and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of Law Necessary to Proper Operations of State GovtSen. BreenAppropriations & Financial AffairsConcept DraftMonitor
317An Act To Create Equality in Retirement for Forest Rangers with that of Employees of State Conservation Law Enforcement AgenciesRep. DooreLabor & HousingAllows them to retire after 25 years of service similar to law enforcement officers.MonitorFeb. 24, 10:00 Cross Bldg Room 202
319An Act To Promote Socially Responsible Investing by MainePERS by Prohibiting Investment in Fossil Fuel Industry or For-profit PrisonsRep. BrennanLabor & HousingProhibits Board of Trustees from investing assets in stocks or securities within fossil fuel industry or prisons for profit.LetterFeb. 24, 10:00 Cross Bldg Room 202
323An Act Regarding Insurance Coverage for Telehealth ServicesRep. PerryHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesHealth care services provided through telephone communication are considered telehealth services requiring carrier to cover these services.Monitor
328An Act To Fully Fund and Restore State-Municipal Revenue SharingRep. HarnettTaxationIncreases state-municipal revenue sharing from 3.75% to 5%.MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 9 at 9:30 State House Room 127
333An Act Regarding TelehealthRep. HymansonHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesChanges provisions governing health insurance coverage of telehealth services for plans on or after 1/1/2022.Monitor
341An Act To Address the Windfall Elimination ProvisionSen. StewartLabor & HousingConcept DraftLetter/Testimony
365 An Act To Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical BillsRep. MorrisHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesConcept DraftMonitorApril 21 at 11:00 Cross Bldg. Room 220
367An Act To Require Timely Billing for Health Care ServicesSen. ClaxtonHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesProhibits charging for health care services if billing statement not provided within 6 months of date care received.Monitor (basically same language as LD 167)Feb. 11, 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 220
371An Act To Make Adjustments to General Fund Appropriations Related to Supplemental BudgetSen. BreenAppropriations & Financial AffairsConcept DraftMonitor
392 An Act To Amend the Tax LawsRep. TerryTaxationConcept DraftMonitor
397An Act To Recalculate Retirement Benefits for Certain State Employees Adversely Affected by Merit Pay FreezesRep. PickettLabor & HousingAllows members who retired on or after 6/30/15 to pay contributions to include in retirement benefit calculations, etc.Letter in SupportMar. 8 Work Session Held Tabled
399An Act To Clarify Retirement Benefits Under the Maine Public Employees Retirement SystemRep. GrohoskiLabor & HousingConcept DraftMonitor
403An Act To Assist Service Center Communities by Adjusting State-Municipal Revenue SharingRep. MadiganTaxationSets percentage of state-municipal revenue sharing at 4.25%MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 9 at 9:30 State House Room 127Voted ONTP March 18th
409An Act To Provide Funding To Restore Fully State-Municipal Revenue SharingRep. RisemanTaxationIncreases state-municipal revenue sharing from 3.75% to 5%.Monitor (basically same language as LD 328)Public Hearing Mar. 9 at 9:30 State House Room 127Voted ONTP March 18th
463An Act To Better House Maine ResidentsRep. SylvesterLabor & HousingConcept DraftMonitor
495An Act To Improve Income Tax Progressivity by Establishing New Top Individual Income Tax RatesRep. OsherTaxationIncreases top bracket from 7.15% to 8.35%and adds a new bracket of 11.15%MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 16 at 1:00 State House Room 127
511An Act To Require Telephone Service Providers To Provide at No Cost to Customers Services Designed To Reduce the Number of So-called Robocalls and Automatically Dialed Telephone CallsRep. DodgeEnergy, Utilities & TechnologyRequires telephone utilities starting 1/1/2022 to offer the service free of cost.MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 23 at 9:00 Cross Bldg. Room 211
517An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote the Construction of Energy-efficient Affordable Homes and Adaptive Reuse, Repair and Weatherization of Existing Homes for Low-income SeniorsRep. BabbidgeAppropriations & Financial AffairsBond will be used for low income households headed by a person 55 years of age or older.Monitor
530An Act To Consolidate Patient Bills by Directing Health Insurers To Collect Copayments and DeductiblesSenator ClaxtonHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesCost-sharing amounts in health plans must be collected by carriers. The bill applies to health plans issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2023.Monitor
532An Act To Lower Income Taxes for Middle-income Families in MaineSenator BaldacciTaxationProvides a credit to reduce income taxes by 10% for individuals filing as single and married persons filing separately with taxable income under $60,00…MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 16 at 1:00 State House Room 127
548An Act Regarding Penalties for Early Retirement for Certain Members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement SystemRep. DooreLabor & HousingChanges the penalty for early retirement from 6% to 2.25%MonitorPublic Hearing April 16 at 9:00 Cross Bldg. Room 202
553An Act To End At-will EmploymentRep. SylvesterLabor & HousingEliminated at-will employmentMonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 24 at 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 202
556An Act Regarding Copayment and Coinsurance Issues for ChiropractorsRep. DooreHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesCopayment or coinsurance amount paid by a patient for services provided by a chiropractor may not exceed the copayment or coinsurance amount for services provided by a primary care provider.Monitor
567An Act To Amend the Penalty for Early Retirement for Certain Members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement SystemRep. HanleyLabor & HousingSame as LD 548MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 8 at 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 202, Work Session April 23rd$5.8 million increase in UAL
599An Act To Require Coverage for Certain Ultrasound ExamsSen. MiramantHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesRequires insurance carriers to provide coverage when provider considers procedure necessary.MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 18 at 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 220April 5th Reported Out ONTP
620Resolve, To Develop A Plan for Teachers to Collect Social SecurityRep. TuttleLabor & HousingAllow teachers to contribute & collect benefits under SS in addition to benefits under MainePERS.MonitorVoted April 14th, Divided Report
703An Act To Increase the Amount to Which a State Employee or Teacher Retiree's Cost-of-Living Adjustment is Applied from $20,000 to the Retiree's Actual Retirement BenefitRep. PickettLabor & HousingProvides cost-of-living increases on entire retirement benefit.Letter/Testimony in SupportVoted April 14th, Divided Report
708An Act To Increase the Homestead Exemption to $50,000Rep. FaulkinghamTaxationIncreases property tax exemption from $25,000 to $50,000.Monitor
711An Act To Allow Certain Police Officers To Return To Participation in MainePERSSen. BaldacciLabor & HousingAllow police officers to make a one-time election to rejoin PLD Retirement Program.MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 29 at 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 202Voted April 5th OTP-AM
715An Act To Make Certain Appropriations & Allocations & Changing Certain Provisions of Law Necessary to the Proper Operation of State GovernmentRep. PierceAppropriations & Financial AffairsConcept DraftMonitor
738An Act To Provide High-Quality Health Care for All Maine ResidentsRep. WarrenHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesConcept DraftMonitor
741An Act To Establish a Bill of Rights for Maine Residents 65 Years of Age and OlderRep. WarrenJudiciaryConcept DraftMonitor
750An Act To Increase Transparency of and Lower Health Care CostsRep. MorrisHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesConcept DraftMonitorPublic Hearing on April 21st
791An Act Regarding Telehealth RegulationsSen. SanbornHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesConcept DraftMonitor
849An Act To Make Permanent the Telehealth Reimbursement Options Passed by Emergency MeasuresRep. MathiesonHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesMakes permanent authorization and reimbursement for telehealth services at parity with reimbursement if services were delivered in-person.Monitor
887An Act To Require Uniform Adherence to Internal Revenue Service Guidelines by Maine Nonprofit OrganizationsRep. StearnsJudiciaryConcept DraftMonitor
907An Act Concerning State Pension Funds and Climate ChangeRep. WarrenLabor & HousingConcept DraftMonitor
951 An Act To Improve Transparency of Medical BillingSen. BennettHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesMust inform patients of cost and health care entity may not bill for first time for medical service that occurred more than one year earlier.Monitor
956 An Act To Amend the Eligibility Criteria for Creditable Service in Armed Forces of US under the State Retirement SystemSen. Lawrence Labor & HousingBill amends laws for service in specific countries and for specific times.MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 29 at 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 202
1002An Act Regarding the Availability of Health Insurance Coverage for Dependents of Certain State EmployeesRep. HeplerLabor & HousingAllows retirees who are rehired to make election to enroll a spouse/dependents under group health plan for state employees.Letter in Support
1007 An Act To Increase Availability of Health Care Through TelehealthRep. LibbyHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesMakes permanent Governor's Executive Order #35 and clarifies these services must be covered by insurance as they would be if provided in person.Monitor
1036 An Act To Allow a State Employee To Use a Federal Military Health Insurance Program & Reenroll upon Retirement in the State's Group Health PlanSen. BlackHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesPerson remains eligible for coverage under State's group health plan as a retiree.Letter in SupportPublic Hearing April 22 at 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 220
1041 An Act To Include Certain Mental Health Workers under the 1998 Special Plan for RetirementPres. JacksonLabor & HousingAdds employees who provide direct care to persons in need of mental health services to plan for MainePERS members.MonitorPublic Hearing Mar. 29 at 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 202
1045An Act To Support Universal Health CareRep. BrooksHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesEstablishes Maine Health Care Plan for all residents of this state.Monitor
1071 An Act To Reduce Property Taxes for Maine ResidentsSen. PouliotTaxationIncreases property tax exemption to $50,000. Same as LD 708.Monitor
1101An Act To Expand the 1998 Special Retirement Plan To Include Civilian Employees Who Work for the Dept. of Public Safety Crime Lab and Computer Crimes UnitSen. DiamondLabor & HousingAllows civilian employees to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of MainePERS with 10 years of creditable service at 55 years of age and with 25 years of service before 55 years of age.Monitor
1103An Act To Allow a 5-year Open Enrollment in the PLD Retirement Program for Certain Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters & Other Municipal EmployeesSen. BaileyLabor & HousingProvides changes to current enrollment eligibility for retirement.Monitor
1105Resolve Directing the MainePERS To Convene a Working Group To Investigate Public Pension OptionsSen. MaxminLabor & HousingConvene working group including MSEA and MEA to develop new designs for public employee pensions based on SS and have comparable benefits to current defined benefit plan.Testimony in opposition as MAR not included in the Working GroupPublic Hearing April 9 at 10:00 Cross Bldg. Room 202
1114An Act To Require the State To Meet the Mandatory 55 Percent Contribution to SchoolsSen. MiramantEducation and Cultural AffairsIncreases the target for state share percentage to 55% and repeals state contributions to the UAL attributable to teachers, retired teachers' health insurance and life insurance.Monitor
1144An Act to Amend the Law Regarding Advance Health Care DirectivesRep. RoederJudiciaryRelaxes rules signature rules.Monitor
1145An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax on Maine Public Employees Retirement System PensionsRep. WarrenTaxationBill provides an income tax exemption for benefits not made to federal SS system.Testify in Support
1151 An Act To Lower Out-of-Pocket Prescription Medicine Costs by Requiring Health Insurers to Offer Plans with No DeductiblesRep. CollingsHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesBill requires carriers to make available at least 50% of health plans in individual & group market segments without deductibles for Rx under those plans.MonitorWork Session on April 21st
1166 An Act To Increase the Property Tax Exemption for Veterans by 50 PercentRep. DodgeTaxationIncreases by 50% property tax exemption for eligible veterans.Monitor
1184An Act To Exempt from Taxation Certain Out-of-State PensionsRep. WadsworthTaxationExempts certain out-of-state pensions in order to avoid double taxation of that income.Monitor
1196An Act Regarding Targets for Health Plan Investments in Primary Care & Behaviorial HealthRep. ZagerHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesThis bill requires MaineCare and the State Employee Health Plan to meet same targets.Monitor
1222An Act To Reduce Property Taxes of Seniors in an Amount Equal to the Cost of EducationSen. BlackTaxationProvides a property tax exemption equal in value to amount of taxes the municipality would otherwise use to fund its public schools.Monitor
1227 An Act To Provide Equity in the State Income Tax Deduction for Certain Public Employees Retirement System PensionsRep. DodgeTaxationPhases in greater parity by increasing civil service pension deduction by $5000 per year when it reaches maximum annual benefit that retiree would receive under federal SS.Letter in Support
1243An Act To Exempt from Taxation Certain Out-of-State PensionsRep. SampsonTaxationExempts taxation - basically same as LD 1184Monitor
1266An Act To Improve the Value of Dental InsuranceSen. SanbornHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesEstablishes a medical loss ratio of 80% and requires rebates when plan's loss ratio is less than the minimum.Monitor
1289An Act To Cut Property Taxes for Maine Residential HomeownersRep. PerryTaxationCreates new income tax rate for income exceeding $300,000 etc. and increases homestead property tax exemption.Monitor
1311An Act Regarding the State Employee Health CommissionRep. EvansState and Local GovernmentMakes administrative type changes such as name change, duties, votes, etc.MonitorPublic Hearing April 22 at 10:00
1341An Act To Protect Medicare Beneficiaries from Surprise Medical BillingRep. BellHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesProhibits balance billing Medicare beneficiaries for any amt. in excess of reasonable charge.Monitor
1403An Act To Protect Maine Businesses, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions and Municipalities during the COVID-19 PandemicRep. DillinghamJudiciaryProvides a limitation against liability due to exposure to coronavirus if entities are following applicable govt standards & guidance.MonitorHearing, April 30th at 9:00 Judiciary
1413An Act To Provide Equity in the State Income Tax Deduction for Certain Public Employees Retirement System PensionsSen. RaffertyTaxationEstablishes income tax exemption for recipients who do not participate in federal SS program. Phases in greater parity treatment by $5000 per year until 2025, etc. Similar to LD 1227.Letter in Support
1427An Act To Encourge Family Care of Aging AdultsRep. HasenfusHealth & Human ServicesEnable more people to qualify for long-term care services by removing requirements of written agreements and presumptions regarding purpose of paying for services and certain transfers.Monitor
1449An Act To Provide for Education Funding Reform for More Equitable State Support to CommunitiesRep. GeigerEducation and Cultural AffairsConcept Draft. Listed this bill because there are several models including having State use a standard property tax rate for funding.Monitor
1481An Act To Clarify Surprise Billing RestrictionsRep. MorrisHealth Coverage, Insurance & Financial ServicesEliminates surprise medical bills. Similar to LD 46 and 365.MonitorHearing on April 21st at 11:00
1500An Act To Bring Equity to Maine's Tax Law by Adjusting Certain Individual Income Tax RatesRep. LooknerTaxationChanges income tax brackets. Similar to other LDsMonitor
1524An Act To Amend the Maine Exclusion Amount in the Estate TaxRep. CollingsTaxationLowers exlusion amount from $5,600,000 to $2,000,000.Monitor