Sponsor: Rep. McCreight
Public Hearing 3/27/2019
Time: 1 pm
Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services

Summary

This bill would provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. LD 820 would determine that the State must fund abortion services that are not approved by Medicaid. This bill also requires health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services must also provide coverage for abortion services.

Our Concerns

LD 820 would force Maine taxpayers to pay for abortion services. It also forces insurers to cover abortions services. Privately owned businesses will also be forced to provide abortion service coverage in their insurance benefits.

Sponsor: Rep. Reckitt
Work Session: TBD
Time: TBD

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.

 

Sponsor: Speaker Sara Gideon
(A Governor’s Bill)
Public Hearing: TBD
Time: TBD
Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services

Summary

This bill allows a physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse licensed as such in this State to perform abortions, in addition to a licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician..

Our Concerns

Past abortion supporters talked about abortion being safe, legal and rare. This bill continues the change to abortion on demand regardless of safety. This bill would change the law taking the need away for a physician to be present and change it to Health Care Professional being present.

 

Immunization Requirements
Sponsor; Rep. Tipping
Work Session: TBD
Time: TBD
Education and Cultural Affairs Committee

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.

Sponsor: Rep. Mastraccio
Work Session TBD
Time: TBD

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.

Sponsor: Rep. Collings
Public Hearing: 3/26/19
Time: 10 am -State House, Rm. 437
Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs

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.

 

Sponsor Rep. R. Fecteau
Public Hearing 4/10/2019
Time: 10 am
Health Coverage, Insurance and
Financial Services Committee


Summary

This bill would consider counseling, therapy, and even simply talking to a minor regarding sexual orientation or gender confusion from the perspective of a potential change or need to change as grounds for loss of license.

Our Concerns

This bill would equate sound biblical counseling with torture and abuse under the name of Conversion Therapy. LD 1025 is a tremendous threat to the religious and parental rights of Maine’s citizens.

Sponsor: Rep Terry
Work Session TBD
Time: TBD

This bill has been moved to Health Care, Insurance, and Financial Services.

Summary

This bill allows non-prescription drugs to be sold in vending machines.

Our Concerns

Non-prescription drugs should still have guidance from a physician; this would not be possible in vending machine sales. Minors would have access to these drugs without guidance. This would be a venue to distribute abortifacients, like the plan B pill. Does easier access to contraception encourage risky health activity? 

Sponsor: Rep. Patricia Hymanson
Public Hearing: TBD
Time: TBD
Committee on Health and Human Services

Summary

This bill enacts the Maine Death with Dignity Act authorizing a person who is 18 years of age or older, who meets certain qualifications and who has been determined by the person’s attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, to make a request for medication prescribed for the purpose of ending the person’s life.

Our Concerns

There is no hope in a bill concerning death.

  • Physician-Assisted Suicide endangers the weak and marginalized in society.
  • Physician-Assisted Suicide changes the culture in which medicine is practiced. It corrupts the profession of medicine by permitting the tools of healing to be used as techniques for killing. It distorts the Physician-Patient Relationship.
  • Physician-Assisted Suicide undermines social solidarity and true compassion. It changes how we view family members such as disabled and elderly; and how we will look at them in the future…how they will look at themselves.
  • Physician-Assisted Suicide’s most profound injustice is that it violates human dignity and denies equality before the law. We still believe all people have immeasurable worth and dignity.

There are many ways to get involved!

 

For more information on how to become involved,

e-mail Mike McClellan at policy@cclmaine.org.