Legislative Priorities 2021

130th Legislative Report

First Regular Session (UPDATED 7/22 – 11AM)

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2An Act to Require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the Legislative Process SLG  Talbot Ross (D-Portland)2/3    Public LawSupport (Level 1) Racial Equity
96  An Act to Create Fairness in the Treatment of Students by Retaining Students with Certain Vaccine Exemptions  Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor) DEADOpposedHealth Care
125An Act to Prohibit the Aerial Spraying of Glyphosate and Other Synthetic Herbicides  Jackson (D-Aroostook)3/2      VETOSupport (EPC) Climate
253An Act To Strengthen Maine’s Election Laws by Requiring Photographic Identification for the Purpose of VotingCebra                   (R-Naples)    4/7    DEADOpposeVoting Rights
287An Act To Require Electronic Benefits Transfer Cards To Be Printed with the Beneficiary’s Photograph (HHS)  Connor                   (R-Lewiston)3/23    DEADPS MEJPoverty
342An Act to Establish a Permanent Appointment of a Member of the Wabanaki Tribes to the Marine Resources Advisory Council (MR)Newell (Passamaquoddy Tribe)  3/2      Public LawSupportRacial Equity
372An Act to Provide Maine Children Access to Affordable Health Care (HHS)  Carney (D – Cumberland) 2/24Recommit to HHSMEJ Health Care
473An Act to Create the Maine Rental Assistance and Voucher Guarantee Program (LAB)Morales (D- South Portland)  3/3PTBE AFA Table MEJ PS Poverty
476  An Act to Provide Licensed Assisted Living and Nursing Facility Level of Care for Incarcerated Persons  Morales (D-South Portland) 4/9CARRY OVER Support Criminal Justice Reform
488  Resolve, To Expand Recovery Community Organizations Throughout Maine  Maxmin (D-Lincoln)4/12Public LawVOA MPACHealth Care
489Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution to Establish a Right to a Healthy Environment (ENR)  Maxmin                 (D – Lincoln) 3/8     House Unfinished Business  Support Climate
521An Act to Modify the Rule-Making Process for Establishing County and Municipal Jail Standards (CJPS)  Baldacci                (D-Penobscot)3/24  Public LawMPACCriminal Justice Reform
546An Act to Implement Recommendations of the Maine Juvenile Justice System Assessment and Reinvestment Task Force EMERGENCY (CJPS)  Brennan              (D-Portland)3/26  Public Law SupportCriminal Justice Reform
554An Act to Create Gaming Equity Fairness for the Native American Tribes in Maine (VLA)  Collings                (D-Portland)3/17 VETONFNA Racial Equity
557An Act to Require Photo Identification for the Purpose of Voting (VLA)    Johansen             (R-Monticello)4/7    DEADOpposeVoting Rights
718An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Closing Coverage Gaps in the MaineCare Program and CHIP (HHS)  Talbot Ross (D-Portland) 4/15     Recommit to HHSSupport Health Care
727Resolve, To Ensure the Health and Wellness of Older Residents of the State (HHS)  Talbot Ross (D-Portland) 3/17     Public Law w/o Gov signatureMEJ PSHealth Care
748An Act to Remove Coverage Under the Maine Care Program for Abortions Not Covered by Medicaid (HCIFS)Javner (R-Chester)    5/18 DEADOppose Health Care
759An Act to Amend the Child Endangerment Law to Include Certain Unauthorized Access to a Loaded Firearm (CJPS)  Doudera (D-Camden)4/21 Public Law w/o Gov signature  SupportGun Safety
805An Act to Allow Municipalities to Prohibit Firearms in a Voting Place (SLG)Breen (D-Cumberland)4/12      DEADSupport Gun Safety
825An Act to Ensure Equality in Women’s Health Care Access in Maine by Requiring Facilities Providing Abortions To Inform Patients of Options and Alternatives (HCIFS)  Stewart (R-Aroostook) 5/18 DEADOppose Health Care
833An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Vaccines by Reinstating Religious Exemptions (ECA)  Kinney (R-Knox)5/6 DEADOppose Health Care
842  An Act to Reestablish Parole 4/22   PTBEMPACCriminal Justice Reform
847An Act to Divert Older Youth from the Adults Criminal Justice System (CJPS)  Morales (D-South Portland)5/12 VETOSupportCriminal Justice Reform
851An Act to Ensure Women are Informed of Abortion Pill Reversal (HCIFS)  Griffin (R-Levant) 5/18DEADOpposeHealth Care
858An Act to Expand Recovery Services to People on Probation (JUD)  McCreight (D-Harpswell) 4/22  Public LawMPACCriminal Justice Reform  
915  An Act to Conform State Funding to the Federal Hyde Amendment Limiting Funding for Some Abortion Services (HCIFS)  Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor) 5/18 DEADOppose Health Care
926An Act to Ban Biological Males from Participating in Women’s Sports (ECA)  O’Connor (R-Berwick) 5/6 DEADOpposeGender Equity
976An Act to Amend the Definition of “Machine Gun” To Include Bump Stock Devises (CJPS)  Doudera (D-Camden) 5/3DEADSupport Gun Safety
982An Act to Protect against Discrimination by Public Entities (JUD)  Talbot Ross (D-Portland) 4/20 Carry OverSupportRacial Equity
983An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation (AFA)  Breen (D-Cumberland) 4/26  EPCClimate
996An Act To Improve Dental Health Access for Maine Children and Adults with Low Incomes (HHS)  Fecteau (D-Biddeford) 4/26 Public Law SupportHealth Care
999An Act Regarding Background Checks for the Sale of Firearms (CJPS)  Talbot Ross (D-Portland) 5/3 DEADSupport Gun Safety
1034  An Act to Provide Funding to Support the PCSRIMAT (SLG)  PCSRIMTP4/14 Public Law  Support Racial Equity
1045An Act To Support Universal Health Care (HCIFS)  Brooks (D-Lewiston) 5/12  Public Law w/o Gov signatureSupport Health Care
1068  An Act to Restrict Access to Weapons Pursuant to Court Order in Cases of Harassment (JUD)  Carney (D-Cumberland) 4/6    CARRY OVER Support Gun Safety
1083  An Act to Create a Voter Identification System (VLA)Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor)  4/7     DEADOpposeVoting Rights
1126An Act to Update the Voter Registration Process  Pierce (D-Falmouth) 4/5     Public Law SupportVoting Rights
1167An Act Relating to Fair Chance in Employment (LAB/HOU) Talbot Ross (D-Portland) 4/7      Public Law    SupportCriminal Justice Reform
1175  An Act to Prohibit Excessive Telephone, Video, and Commissary Charges in Maine Jails and Prisons    Kinney (R-Knox) 4/14CARRY OVER  Support Criminal Justice Reform
1225  An Act to Provide Dignity for Fetal Remains by Requiring their Internment or Cremation (JUD)  Cyrway (R-Kennebec) 5/18DEADOpposeHealth Care
1229  An Act to Require Certain Medical Providers to Administer Ultrasounds and Provide Information to Certain Pregnant Patients (JUD)  Griffin (R-Levant) 5/18 DEADOpposeHealth Care
1238  An Act to Protect Women’s Single-sex Shelters (JUD)  Kiem (R-Oxford) 5/6 DEADOpposeGender Equity
1401An Act to Prohibit Biological Males from Participating in School Athletic Programs and Activities Designed for Females at Schools That Receive Federal Funding  Kinney (R-Knox) 5/6DEADOpposeGender Equity
1429An Act to Implement the Most Time-sensitive Recommendations of the Maine Climate Council  Dunphy (D-Old Town) 5/17CARRY OVER Support Climate
1454  An Act to Prohibit Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms  Zager (D-Portland) 5/3 DEADSupport Gun Safety
1478  An Act to Decriminalize HomelessnessMorales (D-South Portland)  5/14Public Law w/o Gov signatureMEJHomelessness
1503An Act To Stop Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Pollution  Gramick (D-Old Orchard Beach) 5/3 Public Law w/o Gov signatureSupportClimate
1541  An Act to Support and Improve Municipal Recycling Programs and Save Taxpayer Money   5/10Public LawEPC Climate
1593  An Act to Provide Pathways to Rehabilitation, Reentry and Reintegration   5/14Public Law w/o Gov signature  MPACCriminal Justice Reform
1617  An Act to Establish and Practice Restorative Justice  5/12  Public LawSupportCriminal Justice Reform
1626  An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act   5/4 CARRY OVER Support Racial Equity
1639  An Act to Protect the Health and Welfare of Maine Communities and Reduce Harmful Solid Waste   5/17CARRY OVER EPCClimate
1665  An Act to Amend An Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Concerning Land Acquisition and Criminal Jurisdiction   NROCARRY OVERSupportRacial Equity
1674  An Act to Improve Access to Medical Care for and Expand the Rights of Adult Clients of State Correctional Facilities  5/14Public LawSupportCriminal Justice Reform
1675  An Act to Amend Certain Provisions of Maine’s Drug Laws 5/14Public Law  SupportHealth Care
1682  An Act to Require Consideration of Climate and Equity Impacts by the PUC   5/12Public LawEPCClimate


LD – Legislative Document Number

Title – These are all hyperlinked so access to state website is easy.

Sponsor – Indicates lead sponsor but often there are many co-sponsors which can be found listed on the printed document

Public Hearing – Date of first hearing

Work Session – Date of work session(s)

  • OTP – Ought to Pass, sent to House/Senate for consideration
  • ONTP – Ought Not to Pass, usually means legislation is dead
  • NRO – Not Reported Out
  • Divided Report – Split committee vote, will go to the House/Senate with a Majority Report and a Minority Report

LEG ACTION – House & Senate

  • PTBE – Passage To Be Enacted

MCC Notes – Info specific to Maine Council of Churches

                NFNA = Neither for nor against

Acronyms Following Bill Titles – Committees of Jurisdiction

  • AFA – Appropriations and Financial Affairs
  • CJPS – Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • ECA – Education and Cultural Affairs
  • EUT – Energy, Utilities and Technology 
  • HHS – Health and Human Services
  • IDEA – Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement
  • IFW – Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
  • HCIFS – Health Care, Insurance, Financial Services
  • JUD – Judiciary
  • LAB – Labor and Housing
  • LVA – Legal and Veterans Affairs
  • MR – Marine Resources
  • SLG – State and Local Government
  • TAX – Taxation