Gov. Mills Signs 37 More Bills into Law

Governor Janet Mills has signed the following into law:

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A Heavily Amended Bill allowing Crossbows during archery season becomes law

UPDATE: Designed to replace Maine’s Archery Only Deer Season with a combined Archery & Crossbow Deer Season, LD 27 easily passed the legislature, but not without adding a 3 year sunset rule & name change reflecting the inclusion of turkey season.

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Governor Mills Signs 54 Bills Into Law

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Move To Elect President With National Popular Vote Fails in Maine House

UPDATE #2 Move to Elect President With National Popular Vote Fails in Maine House

Even though a majority of the Veterans and Legal Affairs committee voted against LD 816, it’s future was still unclear with both Committee Chairs, Sen. Louis Luchini (D-Hancock) & Rep. John Schneck (D-Bangor) supporting the minority opinion and the Senate voting to approve on May 14th.  But, after 14 days on the House Floor, , Rep. Schnieck (D-Bangor) called for a vote and the measure failed 76-66. A total of 9 votes were not cast, 6 abstained, 2 were excused and 1 is vacant

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Bill requiring CMP get town approvals for NECEC divides Committee

Despite a third work session held May 22nd, the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology was still unable to agree on an emergency bill requiring CMP’s New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) receive voter approval from each municipality it intends to cross.

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Persons Reporting a Drug-related Medical Emergency are Now Exempt from Criminal Liability

Governor Janet Mills today signed into law LD 329, An Act To Exempt from Criminal Liability Persons Reporting a Drug-related Medical Emergency, sponsored by Representative Barbara Cardone of Bangor and passed unanimously by the Legislature.

Maine now joins forty other states and the District of Columbia in enacting some form of a Good Samaritan or 911 drug immunity law.

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Bill Aims to Restore Maine’s Original State Flag

UPDATE 2: After receiving significant negative feedback to changing the current state flag, the Committee on State & Local Government voted 8 to 4 in favor of supporting a heavily amended LD 687. The amendment does away with re-instating Maine’s original state flag and instead tasks the Secretary of State’s office to develop a commemorative bicentennial flag for 2020.

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Bill Looks To Require Public Hearing For All Referendums

The Committee on State and Local Government recently heard testimony on LD 1209, which requires public hearings for any citizen-initiated legislation (referendums) going to ballot. Current rules allow for legislative public hearings, but only if the legislature chooses to hold such hearings.

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Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology have yet to schedule hearing for bill proposing significant changes to Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) established, among other things, a 10 year timetable for having 10% of Maine’s electricity coming from new renewable sources by 2017. LD 1494, An Act to Reform Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, looks to establish a new timetable for reaching 50% by 2030 as well changing several other RPS guidelines.

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Committee To Hear Testimony On Several Rank-Choice Voting Bills

The Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs has scheduled public hearings this Wednesday for 6 different Rank-Choice Voting (RCV) bills

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Committee Divided on National Popular Vote Bill

UPDATE: At least 100 people submitted testimony in early March to the Committee On Veterans And Legal Affair’s hearing for LD 816Sen. Peter Jackson (D-Aroostook), whom sponsored the bill (co-sponsors), argued that because so many people feel left out of the political process, it’s important that every American’s vote should count equally.

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Committee hears testimony on ending 100-megawatt cap on hydroelectric generators under the Renewable Resource Laws

Rep. Jeff Hanley (R- Pittston) sponsored LD 1027 (co-sponsors) and testified before The Energy Utilities and Technology Committee that the rules were set up to promote growth of renewables and that growth has been achieved. Therefore, and because it’s a renewable energy, we should now allow large-scale hydro-electric facilities to qualify for the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.

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Bills Look To End Bow Hunting Season & Allow Handguns During Muzzle-Loading Season

JUNE 10th, 2019 UPDATE HERE

Two of the bills assigned to the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, LD 27, An Act To Allow the Use of Crossbows during the Archery Season on Deer and LD 996 An Act To Establish a Special Handgun Hunting Season That Coincides with the Muzzle-loading Open Season could result in significant changes in how Maine’s deer population is managed.

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Committee Considers Ending Daylight Saving Time

The Committee on State & Local Government held a public hearing Monday (3/11) for LD 144 – An Act To Opt Out of Federal Daylight Saving Time and To Ask the United States Secretary of Transportation To Place Maine in the Atlantic Time Zone.

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Bill Aims to Restore Maine’s Original State Flag

UPDATE: Despite initial support for LD 687, the Committee on State & Local Government voted 7-3 during the schedule work session yesterday opposing the flag change and a divided report is expected for the legislature.

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Committee on Transportation Mulls Penalty Increases

The Committee on Transportation has voted ought not to pass LD 656, An Act to Increase the Penalty for Passing a School Bus With Red Lights Flashing. The committee has yet to issue an official decision regarding LD 546, An act that increases the penalty for passing a stopped emergency vehicles with emergency lights on.

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Committee Disagrees On An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Political Party Representation of Election

There are disagreements between members of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee regarding LD 514 and a Divided Report is expected for the legislature.

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An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President Divides Committee

Both LD 418 & LD 816 were near identical bills.  The Veterans & Legal Affairs Committee voted to not pass LD 418.  But they disagreed on LD 816 and a divided report is expected for the legislature.

–TMP

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