LD 798
Immunization Requirements
Sponsor: Rep. Ryan Tipping

LD 798 passed in the House and Senate and has been signed by the Governor

Important note:
This bill was subject to a People’s Veto attempt, a process open to Maine citizen’s who disagree with decisions made by the Maine legislature and/or Governor. The organizers of the LD 798 veto process were successful in completing the required process and so this bill will not become law until it is offered to Maine citizens to vote yes or no in March, 2020 during the statewide general election.

CLICK HERE to see why the Christian Civic League is recommending YES on 1

See the Maine People’s Veto Process here:  https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/citizens/peoppak.html

 

There will be a special “People’s Veto” Election on LD-798 on March 3rd, 2020.  (PLEASE VOTE!)

Summary
This bill would remove parents right to choose to vaccinate or not based on religious or philosophical beliefs if you want to send them to school or daycare.

Our Concerns
Parents would have no choice but to vaccinate their children against their beliefs if they want to send them to school or daycare.

LD 1291
Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Cordone

Update:
This bill was voted in Judiciary Committee to pass in a divided report (not unanimous). It still is listed as in the committee as of 2-24-2020.

Summary
This legislation is a concept draft which means we do not have the wording of the proposed legislation available to us to view.

Our Concerns
Nationally, legislation like this has redefined the state definition for “parents” to include individuals who have no connection to the birth to then be placed on the birth certificate. If this is the intent, we oppose it.

LD 1613
Sponsor: Rep. Sara Gideon

Work Session February 20, 2020 completed and committee voted 4-5 to “kill” the bill but the 4 missing members have an opportunity and time frame to vote. Bill is still with committee.

Summary
This legislation is a concept draft which means we do not have the wording of the proposed legislation available to us to view.

Our Concerns
Nationally, legislation like this is an attempt to use state funding to fund abortion. CCL Maine is against abortion and clearly is against forcing people who believe in life to use their tax dollars to pay for it.

 

LD 433
Sponsor: Rep. Reckitt

LD 433 This bill is TABLED and thus could come up any day in the Maine House that they are in session. 

Summary
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit discrimination based on the individual.  If passed, the people of Maine would vote on this proposal.

Our Concerns
We are watching this to see if it will be a vehicle for tax-funded abortions and to change gender definitions.

 

LD 1703
Sponsor: Rep. Donna Bailey

This bill will be presented on the Senate floor 2-27-2020

Summary
The purpose of this bill is to address inconsistencies in the protections provided in different areas of jurisdiction under the Maine Human Rights Act. The bill provides more inclusive protection to listed examples.

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Our Concerns
We view this legislation as penalizing faith-based organizations who act on the values, that funding would be denied for being who they are.

LD 661
Sponsor: Rep. Mastraccio

LD 661 was tabled and thus moved to the second session in 2020

Summary
This bill would allow veteran organizations to own and operate more slot machines.

Our Concerns
Regardless of the possible good intentions of LD 661 and its proponents, the so-called economic benefits of slot machine earnings do not begin to offset the dangers to which this bill exposes our veterans.

Study after study shows one of the greatest factors increasing gambling addiction is proximity. This bill could put vulnerable veterans and their families at risk in nearly every Maine community.

LD 1144
Sponsor: Rep. Collings

LD 1144 was tabled and thus moved to the second session in 2020

Summary
This bill increases by 1,500 the number of slot machines that may be registered in the State of Maine. This bill is meant to show there is a collaborative of tribes working together including the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.

Our Concerns
This bill is an “end-around” on the Maine people. If it were to pass:

  • There is no statewide vote; you will have no say.
  • The new casinos can be built anywhere in Maine – no Indian land requirement???
  • The bill creates a tax rate about half of what the other two casinos now pay
  • This bill would increase the slot machine allowance from 3000 to 4500. (There are only 1800 total in Maine now – for perspective.)
    They are giving this license to “A joint tribal entity,” but It doesn’t actually exist yet.

 

LD 553
Sponsor: Sen. Louis Luchini

Update:

This legislation was vetoed by the Maine Governor. The Maine Senate voted to OVERRIDE the veto or support the bill. The Maine House voted to SUSTAIN the veto or agree with the veto. LD 553 is defeated!

Summary
This bill seeks to set the policy for sports betting in Maine. The veto declares the framework needs more work.

Our Concerns
CCL Maine is against gambling and acknowledges the damage it can do to individuals, families and the state. The law now allows states to gamble so we endorse the strictest policy possible. We agree the legislation is not ready and endorse the governor veto and then the legislature spending the time to craft stronger law to make this as safe as possible.

LD 2094
Sponsor: No Sponsor Listed

Work Session: 3-4-20
Time:  9:30 am

Public Hearing: 2-19-20
Location: Judiciary Committee Rm 334 (Special Room)
Time: 9 am

Summary
This bill implements the consensus recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act, referred to in this summary as “the task force.” The report was released on January 14, 2020 and is available online at http://legislature.maine.gov/maine-indian-claims-tf.

Go to this link to read the long stated summary (scroll to bottom): http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_129th/billtexts/HP149201.asp

Concerns:
We have heard that this legislation includes sweeping authorities that will be harmful to Maine. This legislation had a public hearing on 2 13 2020 and it will continue on the date listed here.

LD 2068
Sponsor: None Listed

This bill concerns rules for Physician Assisted Suicide. It passed in committee on a divided report. Bill is still with the committee.

Summary
This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 15: Death with Dignity Act Reporting Rule, a major substantive rule of the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our Concerns
CCL Maine worked to defeat this legislation. We believe in hope.  We will be monitoring where this goes. We have seen other societies passing this law and soon adapting to allow the disabled, seniors and others to end their life.

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