UPDATED July 14, 2021

The Maine Legislature closed early this year and then reopened to return any time during 2021 to work. They return July 19 for a second Veto Day. They may work more bills that have been left open or at least move these bills to the next session in 2022.

Next steps: When a bill is passed, the Governor has ten days to do one of three things: sign the bill into law, choose not to sign the bill whereupon it becomes law without her, or veto the bill. Traditionally, after the last session day, a Veto Day is scheduled so the Legislature can efficiently deal with (perhaps) many bills from the last few days. July 19 will be the second veto session. Will it be the last, or is one more coming?

From Troy Jackson, President of the Maine Senate
From Ryan Fecteau, Speaker of the Maine House
To members of the 130th Maine Legislature
July Schedule
July 19, 2021 (2nd Veto Day)
Maine State House 10 am
Maine State Senate 10 am

Afternoon and evening sessions will be held as needed. Dates and times are subject to change.

What is a Veto, and what is Veto Day?

(This is taken from the Maine State Website and also is attached above on this page of our website.)
After a bill has been enacted by the Legislature, it is sent to the Governor, who has 10 days (not counting Sundays) to exercise one of three options. The Governor may sign the bill or allow it to become law without signature.

If the Governor signs it, the bill ordinarily becomes law 90 days after the adjournment of that legislative session – unless it is an emergency measure, in which case it takes effect upon the Governor’s signing or on a date specified in the bill.

If the Governor vetoes the bill, it is returned to the house of origin, where a 2/3 vote of those present and voting in both the House and Senate is required to override. The Governor’s veto message may include comments on particular aspects of the bill and the reasons for rejecting it, possibly raising new issues for legislators to debate. If the Legislature overrides the Governor’s veto, the bill becomes law without gubernatorial approval.
If the Governor does not support a bill but does not wish to veto it, it becomes law without the Governor’s signature, if not signed and not returned to the Legislature within ten days.

Note: this and the entire Maine Legislative process is explained in the links on top of this page.

Sponsor: Rep. Margaret Craven House District #59

Update
Passed by House and State Senate, placed on Special Appropriations Table. This means it will contend with other bills
for that funding.

Summary

Palliative care is important because it gives patients an option for pain and symptom management and higher quality of life while still pursuing curative measures.

Our Concerns

Another idea that makes total sense but could be hindered by others who would not like to see the balance of options. Who does not support the concept of “Life?”

Sponsor: Rep. Patrick Corey
House District # 25

Update
Passed by House and State Senate, placed on Special Appropriations Table. This means it will contend with other bills
for that funding.

Summary

This bill amends the safe haven laws regarding abandoned children by including a safe haven baby box to the list of safe havens that a person may deliver a newborn child to under the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act and to serve as an affirmative defense to the criminal offense of abandonment of a child. A safe haven baby box is a device or container that can safely accept delivery of a newborn child; such box or device being located in a hospital, law enforcement facility or fire department facility that is staffed 24 hours a day by a medical services provider. 

Our Concerns
Great idea, we fully support!

Sponsor: Rep. Gary Drinkwater
House District
#121

Update
House voted Ought Not To Pass (81-62-8 absent), Senate voted Ought Not To Pass (21-13-1 absent), Bill dies.

 Summary

This bill exempts children who are enrolled in or attend a virtual public charter school or a private school from the requirement that a child must have evidence of immunization to be enrolled in or attend school.

It also reminds public schools to make provisions for ALL students as Maine law states.

Our Concerns

Why would “Virtual Students” need to miss school because of their religious or personal beliefs?

Sponsor: Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham
House District #136

Update
House voted Ought Not To Pass (81-62-8 absent), Senate voted Ought Not To Pass (21-13-1 absent), Bill dies.

Summary
The Vaccination Bill, LD 798 removed religious and personal freedoms to choose or refuse vaccinations. This bill extends the existing exemption to any student who elects a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization on or before September 1, 2021.

Our Concerns

We don’t like LD 798, this attempts to create some fairness and consistency to bad legislation.

Sponsor: Rep. Lois Reckitt
House District
#31

Update
This (terrible) legislation apparently did not have support and is being carried over to the second session in 2022.

Summary
We do not have the language of the proposed legislation other than the title. Note, the title says this is a constitutional amendment, which means it needs a higher vote to pass in the House and Senate and that if it passes, the question would go out Maine Citizens in a future election. A success in all this would change the Maine Constitution.

Our Concerns
In the past few years we have seen many proposed bills be coordinated across states in very organized efforts. This was one. The ERA movement (Women’s Rights) of the 1970’s arguably concluded at a certain time in the past in defeat but there are those who believe it is still open and being contested. We believe this bill is not about women’s rights. This bill is concerning because in other states it has been used to lock into state constitutions abortion rights and gender rights. LR 620 is a title and has no body yet. The sponsor is the same from a past try on this effort and so we are watching this one carefully. Please check back here regularly for this and additional bills we monitor.

Sponsor: Rep.MaryAnne Kinney
House District #99

Update
This bill was listed as filed “Dead.”

Summary
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to require that an
adoptive family receive the same level of financial assistance for long-term or limited period adoption assistance as the family received when the child was in treatment-level
foster care.

Our Concerns
Logic and common sense are not considered enough in this day and age.

Sponsor: Senator Cathy Breen
Senate District #25

Update
This bill has been carried over to the next session in 2022.

Description
This bill seeks to protect the reproductive rights and freedoms of Maine people.

Summary
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill seeks to protect the reproductive rights and freedoms of Maine people.

Our Concerns
The obvious concerns of cementing abortion rights, also that as a concept draft, we will not know much of the details until the public hearing.

Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Javner
House
District #88

Update
This legislation was defeated in the Maine House and Maine State Senate. It has been filed as “Dead.” We will post at www.cclmaine.org, in the near future, as to how each legislator voted.

Summary
This bill repeals Title 22, section 3196, removing the requirement that the department fund abortion services for MaineCare members and removing the requirement that the State pay when the abortion services are not covered by Medicaid.
Our Concerns
This is an uphill battle given the numbers in the House and Senate. This issue is too big to not try.
Thank you Rep. Javner for leading!

Sponsor: Rep. MaryAnne Kinney
House District
#99

Update
This bill received a few work sessions. It was decided there was more to research and it will be “Carried Over” to the next legislative session.

Summary

  • Ends commissions and surcharges on telephone, video or commissary services provided to people who are incarcerated.
  • Directs the Maine Department of Corrections to negotiate its contract with telephone, video and commissary providers to give county jails the option to opt into the state contract and its terms.
  • Caps the rate of phone calls per minute to 11 cents.
  • Ends the ability to charge a connection fee on phone calls
  • Provides two free calls to people who are incarcerated to ensure that everyone has access to their children, family and recovery support services, regardless of their ability to pay.

Our Concerns
Certainly, people sentenced should follow through to regain their place in society. However, it would not be appropriate to add higher fees to services they rely on–especially given how important it is to encourage outside contact and maintaining relationships to a rehabilitation effort. The sponsor and people behind this effort are researching the situation and will hopefully come back with legislation we can fully endorse.

Sponsor: Rep. Heidi Sampson
House District
#21

Update
House voted Ought Not To Pass (81-62-8 absent), Senate voted Ought Not To Pass (21-13-1 absent), Bill dies.

Summary
This bill increases the total enrollment at virtual public charter schools authorized by
the Maine Charter School Commission from 1,000 at all virtual public charter schools to
1,500 at a virtual public charter school also; It exempts children who are enrolled in or attend a virtual public charter school from immunization requirements.

Our Concerns
This appears to allow more choice for Maine students, protection for some from the immunization laws that are anti-choice and anti religious freedom

Sponsor: Sen. Scott Cyrway
Senate District
#16

Update
This legislation was defeated in the Maine House and Maine State Senate. It has been filed as “Dead.” We will post at www.cclmaine.org, in the near future, as to how each legislator voted.

Summary
This bill requires the final disposition of fetal remains resulting from abortion, miscarriage, or fetal death, regardless of gestational age, through cremation or interment.

Our Concerns
We will support this legislation. Can we get enough support from the Maine Legislature?

Sponsor: Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham
House District #136

Update
This legislation was defeated in the Maine House and Maine State Senate. It has been filed as “Dead.” We will post at www.cclmaine.org, in the near future, as to how each legislator voted.

Summary
The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal Medicaid funding for abortions except in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest.
This bill repeals Title 22, section 3196, removing the requirement that the department provide abortion services to MaineCare members and
removing the requirement that the State pay when the abortion services are not covered by Medicaid.

Our Concerns
Another bill that a majority of Maine people would agree with but will the Maine Legislature?

Sponsor: Rep. Abigail Griffin
House District #102

Update
This legislation was defeated in the Maine House and Maine State Senate. It has been filed as “Dead.” We will post at www.cclmaine.org, in the near future, as to how each legislator voted.

Summary

This bill amends the abortion informed consent laws to require the health care professional to tell the pregnant woman that it may be possible to reverse the effects of an
abortion-inducing drug with medication and treatment. The health care professional is required to make a record indicating the information was provided, and the woman is required to sign the record to show that she received the information.

Our Concerns

We believe education and options are good, who would disagree?

Sponsor: Rep. Tracy Quint
House District#144

Update
This bill is being carried over against the sponsor’s wishes.

Description
This bill prohibits mandatory vaccinations for coronavirus disease 2019 for 5 years from the date of a vaccine’s first emergency use authorization by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, in order to allow for safety testing and investigations into reproductive harm.

Summary
This legislation would stop forced vaccination for COVID for 5 years to allow better study implications.

Our Concerns

We believe people have the right to take or refuse vaccinations.

Update
This legislation has not been sent to committee yet.

Sponsor: Sen. Lisa Keim
Senate District
#18

Update
This legislation was defeated in the Maine House and Maine State Senate. It has been filed as “Dead.” We will post at www.cclmaine.org, in the near future, as to how each legislator voted.

Summary
We believe the titles concerning affirming gender rights will be much of our work in 2021. It is unthinkable we will be debating allowing biological males into a female shelter.

Our Concerns
This is an very important piece of legislation, as it allows a women’s shelter to serve women. It does not mandate they do so.

Sponsor: Rep. MaryAnne Kinney
House District
#99

Update
This bill received no support within the committee and so was filed as “Dead.” It did not receive a House or Senate date given no committee support.

Summary
Title IX was created to protect women and gender proponents are working to skew definitions.

Our Concerns
The war on women.

Sponsor: Rep Beth O’Connor
House District #5

Update
Bill received an Ought Not To Pass vote. Party line vote. Bill moves into the Maine House and Maine State Senate process.

Summary
This would seem to solidify that biology and science dictate the rules of who competes in competitive races.

Our Concerns
Politics of Woke vs. logic.

Sponsor: Rep. Ryan Fecteau
House District #11

Update

LD 1538 was reported out as “Ought Not To Pass” although we do not believe they ever held a public hearing on this one. Guessing the sponsor “killed his own bill”?

Summary
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill would protect the rights of people who are LGBTQ in this State, including,
but not limited to, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning,
intersex, and asexual.

Our Concerns
Concept drafts do not tell us what the bill is really about. We wont know until the public hearing. No transparency means we will not be able to prepare as we would like.

Sponsor: Rep. MaryAnne Kinney
House District #99

Update
House voted Ought Not To Pass (81-62-8 absent), Senate voted Ought Not To Pass (21-13-1 absent), Bill dies.

Description
Public Law 2019, chapter 154 removes the exemption from immunization requirements based on religious belief for students in elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and certain health care facilities. This bill reinstates the religious exemption.

Update
LD 833 now moves to the work session process

Public Hearing:  May 12, 2021

Hearing Time:  10 am

 

Summary
Public Law 2019, chapter 154 (The Law made from LD 798 from 2 years ago) removes the exemption from immunization requirements based on religious belief for students in elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and certain health care facilities. This bill reinstates the religious exemption.

Our Concerns
We support this legislation.

Sponsor: Sen. Trey Stewart
Senate District #2

Update:
This legislation was defeated in the Maine House and Maine State Senate. It has been filed as “Dead.” We will post at www.cclmaine.org, in the near future, as to how each legislator voted.

Summary
This bill amends the abortion informed consent laws to require the health care professional to tell the pregnant woman that it may be possible to reverse the effects of an abortion-inducing drug, although time is of the essence. The health care professional must make available written materials, prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services, about the possibility of reversing the effects of the drug and how to obtain additional information and medical assistance.

Our Concerns
We support this legislation; opponents do not like alternatives to abortion.

Sponsor:  Sen. Lisa Keim
Senate District #18

Update
This bill was voted down in both House and Senate, it is filed as “Dead.”

Summary
This bill amends the laws governing the confidentiality of health care information to provide that if a health care facility or health care practitioner maintains a minor’s records electronically, then the records must be provided electronically to any person who is authorized to access the minor’s health care records.

Our Concerns
Another bill that makes us wonder why parents need a law to cement their rights as a parent?

Sponsor:  Rep. Abigail Griffin
House District #102

Update
This legislation was defeated in the Maine House and Maine State Senate. It has been filed as “Dead.” We will post at www.cclmaine.org, in the near future, as to how each legislator voted.

Summary
This bill requires a health care professional to ensure that a pregnant woman undergoes an ultrasound and receives information about alternatives to abortion, including parenting the child, at least 48 hours before she can have an abortion. The existence of a medical
emergency eliminates the 48-hour waiting period.

Our Concerns
The religion of abortion does not allow for cleanliness, safety, and best practices.

Sponsor:  Sen. Lisa Keim
House District #18

Work Session: May 27, 2021

Work Session Time: 9:00 am

Update
This legislation was defeated in both House and State Senate. It is filed as “Dead.”

Summary
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain permission from a parent or guardian before placing an infected minor in isolation during a public health emergency. It also prohibits physical examinations, surgical procedures, vaccine administrations, and drug prescriptions for a minor without parent or guardian permission, as well as a physician’s orders not to resuscitate, to withhold an artificial life-sustaining
procedure or to withhold artificial nutrition and hydration. An exception is provided for life-threatening situations or when the parent or guardian cannot be readily located or contacted.

Our Concerns
The thought that parental rights would not be at the forefront of any of lawmaker’s or government agency’s actions is antithetical to common sense.

Sponsor: Rep. Lois Reckitt
House District #31

Update
This bill passed both House and State Senate with no debate.

Summary

Our Concerns
Bill mandates what a private board can do. The committee report was a divided vote.

Sponsor:  Rep. John Andrews
House District #73

Work Session: May 27, 2021

Work Session Time: 9 am

Update:
Passed by both House and State Senate with no debate.

Summary
The purpose of this bill is to strengthen the criminal justice system’s and human
services response to child sex trafficking. (It does so in many ways).

Our Concerns
We support the bill.
Is trafficking an area we should be watching more closely?

SponsorSen. Bill Diamond
Senate District #26

Work Session: May 27, 2021

Work Session Time: 9 am

Update:
Passed by both House and State Senate with no debate.

Summary
This bill elevates from Class B to Class A the crime of aggravated sex trafficking if the person being trafficked is 14 years of age or younger

Our Concerns
We support this bill. Should trafficking issues be higher on the list of our concerns?

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