Updated 4/2021
The 130th Maine Legislature – Maine House and Maine State Senate, is entering the second half of this first year. At this writing almost all bills are written and will soon be sent to the appropriate committees. We are following bills we like and many we do not; please continue to check back and look below at the bills we are following. We need help with testimony, if you are open to provide your voice – we are happy to help support you in learning how to testify and doing so. Please share our information, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We anticipate May being a busy month for the issues we value. Check back with this page often to see which bills we are following and to see the progress of that bill process. You can learn a lot by visiting www.maine.gov and going to the legislative page. You can view House/State Senate and committees in their Zoom format by going to (YouTube Maine Legislature Page).

Each committee has its own channel there. You can participate at public hearings either by submitting testimony or even by testifying; see one committee’s description of how to testify (orally or written):

Registering to testify at a public hearing and/or submitting written testimony:
Please click on the following link to sign up to testify at a public hearing and/or to submit written testimony: https://www.mainelegislature.org/testimony/.  You will then be prompted to select the committee holding the hearing; the date of the public hearing; and the LD for which you wish to submit testimony.

  • If you want to register to testify orally, please check the box at the top of the form that says “I would like to present my testimony live” and you will be asked whether you wish to testify for, against or neither for nor against the bill.  Be sure to enter your name, town of residence or organization you represent and email address at the bottom of the form. To ensure you will be called upon to testify, please register at least 30 minutes before the public hearing is scheduled to start.  The VLA Committee Chairs have sole discretion to grant or to deny any requests to testify that are submitted after that time.
  • If you want to submit written testimony, You may submit written testimony even if you do not wish to sign up to testify orally during the hearing. You may type your testimony directly onto the online form or you may attach to the form an electronic document containing your testimony. When you submit your testimony using this online form, it will automatically and immediately be sent via email to the VLA Committee members, the VLA Clerk and the analyst.  After the date of the public hearing, the testimony you submit using this online form will also be posted online.
  • Length of Oral Testimony:
    At the Chairs’ discretion, testimony presented orally during a public hearing may be limited to three (3) minutes per individual.The Maine Legislature has suggested 1,691 titles for new laws this session. In mid February they have made about 25% of them into actual bills (481).

    Check back often to see the bills we are following,
    you can find them below.

Sponsor: Rep. Margaret Craven House District #59

Public Hearing:  was on..4/01/21

Hearing Location:Room 209, Cross Building

Hearing Time: 12:00 pm

Update
Committee voted Ought To Pass as Amended, onto the House and Senate.

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
Committee voted Ought To Pass as Amended, onto the House and Senate.

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
LD 156 now moves to the work session process

Public Hearing:  May 12, 2021

Hearing Time:  10 am

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
LD 96 now moves to the work session process

Public Hearing:  May 12, 2021

Hearing Time:  10 am

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

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

HHS Committee voted Ought Not to Pass on April 6th at the Work Session

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

Public Hearing: TBD

Hearing Location: Bill has not been assigned yet.

Update

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
The last legislature allowed abortion funding to be taken from taxpayer monies. It is clear that many Maine people disagree with this. There is no wording to this legislation currently, but we know from the sponsor, her intent.
Summary
Abortion is not healthcare.
We are waiting on the language for this one, CCL Maine is clearly on board.
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

Work Session: April, 23rd at 10am

Update
Thi
s is common sense legislation that has become a bill. Assigned to a committee but no hearing date at this point.

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
LD 1082 now moves to the work session process

Public Hearing:  May 12, 2021

Hearing Time:  10 am

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. Cyrway
Senate District
#16

Update
The DRAFT Bill summary states: This bill requires the final disposition of fetal remains resulting from abortion , miscarriage or fetal death, regardless of gestational age, through cremation or internment.

Summary
The concept of giving the respect due to an aborted baby has been suggested and has passed in other states. Ohio has passed such a law.
It might read: Require abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetal remains just as they would any other human remains.

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

Summary
The Hyde Amendment blocks Federal money being used for abortion (except if the mother’s life is at risk or the pregnancy is due to rape/incest).

We assume this law seeks to have Maine follow the Federal law.

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 bill was referred to the committee on Judiciary. No hearing scheduled yet.

Summary
We recently learned that abortion clinics offer abortion throughout Maine but only in Portland do they also offer the so called “Abortion Pill Reversal.” Why, Because it would seem they do not want to provide any services except abortion.
They count on vulnerable people being uneducated about options.

Our Concerns

To some, abortion is their personal religion and this guides their activities.

Sponsor: Rep. Tracy Quint
House District#144

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 to better study implications.

Our Concerns

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

Update
This legislation has not been sent to committe yet.

Sponsor: Sen. Lisa Keim
Senate District
#18

Update
This Bill will now move to a Work Session, which is TBD.

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

Public Hearing: May 6th, 2021

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Judiciary Committee

Update

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
The Public Hearing is complete; now on to Work Session, which is TBD.

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
The Maine House Speaker is allowed to file bills at any time. This one just presented.

Public Hearing:

Hearing Time:

Hearing Location:
Judiciary Committee

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

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

Public Hearing: TBD

Hearing Location:
Bill has not been assigned yet.

Description
This bill amends the abortion informed consent laws to require the health care 27 professional to tell the pregnant woman that it may be possible to reverse the effects of an 28 abortion-inducing drug, although time is of the essence.

Update
Waiting on assignment

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
The public hearing was rescheduled to May 13

Public Hearing: May 13, 2021

Hearing Time: 9 am

Hearing Location: Judiciary Committee

Update
This legislation just was scheduled with a public hearing

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

Hearing Location: Judiciary Committe

Update
Sent to Judiciary Committee, there is no hearing set yet.

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

Update
The public hearing was rescheduled to May 13

Public Hearing: May 13, 2021

Hearing Time: 9 am

Hearing Location: Judiciary Committee

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 has had a Public Hearing and Work Session, it’s now on to Maine House and Maine State Senate

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

Public Hearing: May 05, 2021

Hearing Time: 10 am

Hearing Location: Judiciary Committee

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 closer?

Sponsor:  Sen. Bill Diamond
Senate District #26

Public Hearing: May 05, 2021

Hearing Time: 10 am

Hearing Location: Judiciary Committee

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?

Sponsor: Rep. Heidi Sampson
House District #21

Update
This title is an LR and so not a bill yet, we do not have specific information.

Summary
Would appear to be using funding that had gone to abortion and moving it to adoption services.

Our Concerns
This is being worked nationally, I believe Texas is making this transition.

Sponsor: Sen. Matt Pouliot
Senate District #15

Update
This LR is still a title and not yet a bill.

Summary
Awaiting bill details

Our Concerns
Awaiting bill details

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