• LEGISLATIVE HEARING NOTICES

128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
LEGISLATIVE HEARING NOTICES
Hearings on LDs
Legislative committees will hold public hearings as listed. Please note that there may be additions or changes to this schedule and bills will not necessarily be heard in the order listed. For further information, contact the Legislative Information Office at 207-287-1692 or check schedules on the web at http://legislature.maine.gov/calendar/#Calendar. You may testify at the public hearing or submit written testimony. Written testimony should be sent to the appropriate committee at: 100 SHS, Augusta, Maine 04333-0100. Persons with special needs who wish to attend a Legislative hearing and require accommodations should notify the Legislative Information Office as soon as possible: 207-287-1692, TTY 207-287-6826, FAX 207-287-1580, webmaster_lio@legislature.maine.gov.

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Sen. Kimberley Rosen, Senate Chair, Rep. Charlotte Warren, House Chair
Public Hearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:00 AM, State House, Room 436
LD 665 "An Act To Give the Courts Sentencing Discretion When a Person with a Developmental Disability Has Been Convicted of a Crime"
LD 670 "An Act To Allow for Consistent Application of Credit for Driver's License Suspensions Imposed by the Court"
LD 671 "An Act To Allow for Accurate Credit for a License Suspension for Operating under the Influence"
LD 744 "An Act To Create a Permanent Wabanaki Law Enforcement Seat on the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees"
Public Hearing: Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:00 AM, State House, Room 436
LD 42 "An Act To Deter the Dealing of Dangerous Drugs"
LD 514 "An Act To Authorize the Expungement of Records of Nonviolent Crimes"
LD 599 "An Act To Prevent Violence against Emergency Responders"
LD 861 "An Act To Provide Wage Parity for Certain State Law Enforcement Personnel"
LD 888 "An Act To Strengthen Protections against Civil Asset Forfeiture"
Public Hearing: Friday, March 31, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 436
LD 511 "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Domestic Violence and Setting Preconviction Bail"
LD 523 "Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Review the Laws Governing Domestic Violence" (EMERGENCY)
LD 524 "An Act To Amend the Laws on Domestic Violence "
LD 525 "An Act To Enhance Maine's Response to Domestic Violence"
LD 639 "An Act To Require an Interstate Identification Index System Background Check for Certain Crimes"
LD 640 "An Act To Require an Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment prior to Setting Bail in Domestic Violence Arrests in Which the Alleged Abuser Has Been Taken into Custody"
LD 814 "An Act Regarding Court Orders for Completion of a Batterers' Intervention Program in Domestic Violence Cases" CONTACT: Joseph Klimkiewicz, 287-1122
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Sen. Brian Langley, Senate Chair, Rep. Tori Kornfield, House Chair
Public Hearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:30 AM, Cross Building, Room 202
LD 679 "An Act To Reform School Testing Procedures"
LD 751 "An Act To Establish Districtwide Standardized Assessment Policies"
LD 863 "An Act To Create a Standard Kindergarten Entry Assessment"
Public Hearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 202
LD 633 "An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation Requirements"
LD 841 "An Act To Provide Stability in MaineCare Payments for Educational Programming"
LD 865 "Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Determine the Effectiveness and Success of Charter Schools"
LD 1015 "An Act To Improve the Student Transfer Process"
Public Hearing: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 9:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 202
LD 862 "Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Program To Install Video Cameras in School Buses"
LD 941 "An Act To Facilitate the Purchase of Textbooks for Low-income College Students"
LD 995 "An Act To Allow a Resident Veteran's Child Who Is Enrolled in an Out-of-state College or University To Take a Course in Maine at a State Postsecondary Education Institution for Free"
Public Hearing: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 202
LD 965 "Resolve, To Create the Task Force To Study School Board Member Training"
LD 978 "An Act To Simplify the In-service Days Requirement in Education" (EMERGENCY)
LD 997 "An Act To Increase Funding to Schools by Repealing Unnecessary and Burdensome Regulations"
LD 1016 "An Act To Provide Funding for Career and Technical Education Based on Projected Enrollment" CONTACT: Jayne Deneen, 287-3125
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY
Sen. David Woodsome, Senate Chair, Rep. Seth Berry, House Chair
Public Hearing: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 211
LD 140 "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Entrepreneurial Activity, Attract Business and Enhance Demographic In-migration by Investing in High-speed Broadband Infrastructure and To Amend the Law Governing the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund"
LD 257 "An Act To Enable Municipalities Working with Utilities To Establish Microgrids"
LD 421 "An Act To Promote Economic Development and Critical Communications for Rural Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investment in High-speed Internet"
LD 756 "An Act To Clarify the Authority of an Affiliate of a Utility To Own Power Generation outside of the Utility's Territory" CONTACT: Abben Maguire, 287-4143
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Sen. Thomas Saviello, Senate Chair, Rep. Ralph Tucker, House Chair
Public Hearing: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 216
LD 930 "An Act To Protect Maine Families by Enhancing Well Water Regulation"
LD 931 "An Act To Create Extended Producer Responsibility for Post-consumer Waste Generated from the Use of Tobacco Products"
LD 1040 "An Act Regarding Permitting under the Natural Resources Protection Act" CONTACT: Steven Langlin, 287-4149
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Sen. Eric Brakey, Senate Chair, Rep. Patricia Hymanson, House Chair
Public Hearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:30 AM, Cross Building, Room 209
LD 643 "Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Increase Reimbursement Rates for Home-based and Community-based Services"
LD 842 "Resolve, To Support Home Health Services"
Public Hearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 209
LD 531 "An Act Regarding the Drug Crisis and Ensuring Access to HIV Testing"
LD 764 "An Act To Prohibit the Exclusion of a Patient from Eligibility for an Organ Transplant Based on Medical Marijuana Use"
LD 889 "An Act To Reduce Youth Cancer Risk"
LD 910 "An Act To Encourage Living Kidney Donation in Maine"
Public Hearing: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 209
LD 401 "An Act To Require Reimbursement to Hospitals for Patients Awaiting Placement in Nursing Facilities"
LD 517 "An Act To Amend Principles of Reimbursement for Nursing Facilities and for Residential Care Facilities"
LD 761 "An Act To Increase Access to Hearing Aids"
LD 804 "An Act To Establish Long-term Memory Care Facilities and To Provide Adequate Staffing and Reimbursement"
Public Hearing: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 209
LD 902 "Resolve, To Increase Access to Evidence-based Psychosocial Treatment for Children in the MaineCare Program"
Public Hearing: Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:30 AM, Cross Building, Room 209
LD 185 "An Act To Establish a Pilot Project for Medicaid Reimbursement for Acupuncture Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders"
LD 455 "An Act Relating to the Provision of Tobacco Cessation Services by Pharmacists"
LD 551 "An Act To Expand the Authority of Naturopathic Doctors To Prescribe Certain Medications"
LD 966 "An Act To Create Mental Health Liaison Positions in Each County Jail" CONTACT: Jill Laplante, 287-1317
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE
Sen. Scott Cyrway, Senate Chair, Rep. Robert Duchesne, House Chair
Public Hearing: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 206
LD 484 "An Act To Allow Ice Fishing in Seboomook Lake Township on Baker Lake and on Third, Fourth and Fifth St. John Ponds"
LD 552 "An Act To Amend Maine's Fish and Wildlife Licensing Laws"
LD 728 "An Act Regarding Management and Stocking of Inland Fisheries"
LD 729 "An Act To Make Maine's Public Boat Launching Ramps Accessible by Persons with Physical Disabilities"
LD 844 "An Act To Make Excessive Boat Noise a Public Nuisance"
LD 933 "An Act To Prohibit Personal Watercraft on Third Pond in Blue Hill"
LD 1018 "An Act To Prohibit Stocking Fish in or Using Live Fish as Bait on Tributaries to State Heritage Fish Waters"
LD 1019 "An Act To Exempt Holders of Bear Hunting Permits from Archery Hunting License Requirements" CONTACT: Julia Brown, 287-1338
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
Sen. Rodney Whittemore, Senate Chair, Rep. Mark Lawrence, House Chair
Public Hearing: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 220
LD 608 "An Act Regulating Employee Benefit Excess Insurance"
LD 769 "An Act To Eliminate Insurance Rating Based on Age, Geographic Location or Smoking History and To Reduce Rate Variability Due to Group Size"
LD 817 "An Act To Promote Early Detection of Breast Cancer"
LD 900 "An Act Regarding Insurance Coverage of Certain Dental Services"
LD 968 "An Act To Help Prevent Financial Elder Abuse" CONTACT: Veronica Snow, 287-1314
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Sen. Lisa Keim, Senate Chair, Rep. Matthew Moonen, House Chair
Public Hearing: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 438
LD 198 "An Act To Protect Landlords from Lawsuits for Damage or Harm Caused by Assistance Animals "
LD 348 "An Act To Increase Consumer Protection for Time-share Owners"
LD 419 "An Act To Clarify Damages for the Willful or Negligent Injury or Death of a Dog"
LD 610 "An Act To Prohibit Prescriptive Property Rights Claims of Property Owned by Nonprofit Organizations"
LD 845 "An Act To Clarify That Petitions for Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States Are Included within the Definition of Indigent Legal Services"
LD 860 "An Act To Establish a Statewide Electronic Warrant System"
LD 871 "An Act To Require Disclosures Relating to the Sale of Residential Real Property Accessible Only by a Private Way" CONTACT: Susan Pinette, 287-1327
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Sen. Amy Volk, Senate Chair, Rep. Ryan Fecteau, House Chair
Public Hearing: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 208
LD 927 "An Act To Establish a Presumption of Impairment of Health in the Line of Duty for Corrections Employees under the Workers' Compensation Laws"
Public Hearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 208
LD 656 "An Act To Improve the Ability of Maine Companies To Manufacture and Market Bioplastics"
LD 700 "An Act To Give Flexibility to Employees and Employers for Temporary Layoffs"
LD 962 "An Act Regarding Unemployment Compensation for Workers Involved in Certain Seasonal Occupations"
Public Hearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 208
LD 488 "An Act To Provide for Municipalities To Allow Grocery Stores up to 10,000 Square Feet To Open on Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas"
LD 776 "An Act To Promote Fairness for Rural Maine Residents by Regulating Fuel Prices"
LD 884 "An Act To Exempt Small Bottlers from the Bottling Plant Requirements" (EMERGENCY)
LD 943 "An Act Regarding the Cancellation of Subscription Services"
LD 970 "An Act To End Homelessness by Expanding Housing Support Services"
Public Hearing: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 208
LD 661 "An Act Regarding the Chain of Custody in Crematories"
LD 801 "An Act To Allow a Physical Therapist To Administer Certain Coagulation Tests in a Patient's Home"
LD 810 "An Act To Allow Funeral Homes To Own and Operate Crematories"
LD 811 "An Act Regarding Continuing Education for Persons Engaged in the Practice of Funeral Service"
LD 872 "An Act To Establish Requirements Related to the Practice of Dry Needling"
LD 954 "An Act To Make Certain Contraception Available over the Counter" CONTACT: Diane Steward, 287-1331
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Sen. Paul Davis, Senate Chair, Rep. Danny Martin, House Chair
Public Hearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 214
LD 618 "Resolve, Authorizing the Mount Hunger Area of the Town of Gray To Proceed with the Secession Process"
LD 619 "Resolve, Authorizing the Area of the West Side of Little Sebago Lake of the Town of Gray To Proceed with the Secession Process"
LD 780 "An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of Cary Plantation"
LD 830 "An Act To Authorize Portions of the City of Caribou to Secede and Form the Town of Lyndon"
LD 850 "An Act To Prohibit a Person from Providing False Testimony to a Committee of the Legislature"
LD 899 "Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study the Salaries of the Governor, Legislators and Executive and Legislative Staff"
LD 956 "An Act To Establish the Maine Buy America and Build Maine Act"
LD 1008 "An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations"
Public Hearing: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 9:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 214
LD 972 "An Act To Modify the Lincoln County Budget Advisory Committee"
LD 973 "An Act To Allow the Waldo County Budget Committee To Appoint Replacement Members" (EMERGENCY)
LD 992 "An Act To Authorize Moving the Town Line between Baileyville and Baring Plantation"
LD 1007 "RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Increase the Lengths of Terms and Decrease the Number of Terms of Members of the Legislature"
LD 1021 "Resolve, To Establish the Study Committee To Develop a Disposition Plan for Future Surplus State Property in York County" (EMERGENCY) CONTACT: Rebecca Harvey, 287-1330
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON TAXATION
Sen. Dana Dow, Senate Chair, Rep. Ryan Tipping, House Chair
Public Hearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 127
LD 73 "An Act To Increase the Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Certain Persons Who Are at Least 75 Years of Age"
LD 784 "An Act To Prevent Tax Haven Abuse"
LD 945 "An Act To Reduce the Burden of Tobacco-related Illness by Increasing Revenue from the Cigarette Tax for Use for Tobacco Cessation"
LD 974 "An Act To Increase the Homestead Exemption" CONTACT: Dianne Dubord, 287-1552
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION
Sen. Ronald Collins, Senate Chair, Rep. Andrew McLean, House Chair
Public Hearing: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 126
LD 636 "An Act To Require the Department of Transportation To Use 3rd-party Certified Examiners for Lead Inspections"
LD 724 "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the State's Rail Authority"
LD 827 "An Act To Repeal the Laws Governing Truck Camper Registration"
LD 878 "An Act To Allow Municipalities To Permit the Operation of Golf Carts on Municipally Owned Streets"
LD 923 "An Act To Establish an Enhanced Driver's License for Qualified Maine Residents To Facilitate Travel across Certain International Borders"
LD 960 "An Act To Use State Employees and Resources for Transportation Bond Projects"
LD 963 "An Act To Require Certain Personnel on a Bridge Painting Project To Be Certified"
LD 977 "An Act To Allow a Motorist To Make a Left Turn at a Red Light under Certain Conditions" CONTACT: Darlene Simoneau, 287-4148
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Sen. Garrett Mason, Senate Chair, Rep. Louis Luchini, House Chair
Public Hearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 10:00 AM, State House, Room 437
LD 937 "An Act To Require the Fiscal Impact of a Direct Initiative of Legislation To Be Included on the Ballot"
LD 948 "Resolve, To Direct the Adjutant General To Procure Medals for Maine National Guard Members Mobilized for the 1958-1961 Berlin Crisis"
LD 950 "Resolve, To Study Using Blockchain Technology in Conjunction with Paper Ballots in Maine Elections" (EMERGENCY)
LD 961 "An Act To Improve the Cost-efficiency of Funds Disbursed under the Maine Clean Election Act"
LD 975 "An Act Regarding Licensing of Cribbage Tournaments"
LD 979 "An Act Regarding Early Voting in Person"
LD 980 "An Act To Improve Absentee Balloting"
LD 1012 "An Act To Improve the Availability of Agency Liquor Stores in Underserved Areas and To Expand the Sale of Spirits in New Channels"
LD 1013 "An Act To Clarify the Law Allowing Certificate of Approval Holders and Manufacturers or Suppliers of Spirits To Offer Mail-in Rebates"
LD 1033 "An Act To Eliminate the 24-hour Reporting Requirement under the Election Laws"
LD 1035 "An Act To Require an Opinion of the Supreme Judicial Court on Direct Initiatives of Legislation"
LD 1046 "An Act To Require Maine Clean Election Act Candidates To Purchase Services from Maine-based Companies"
Public Hearing: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 9:00 AM, State House, Room 437
LD 719 "An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County" CONTACT: Karen Montell, 287-1310
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