Legislative Priorities for People with Disabilities - Updated Week of April 6th.


By Mike Reynolds
Ability Maine Staff


How to use this list: This list is by no means complete or comprehensive; There are over 1800 bills and a large percentage of them  could directly effect a large percentage of people with disabilities. The link of each LD goes to the committee status page of the bill. On the top left of each linked page is a list of blue links to LD Text and Disposition, Amendments. Status in Committee, House Docket, Senate Docket, Divided Reports, Bill Sponsors and Titles, Sections Affected.  Our intent is to try and update this list twice a week.  For Medical Cannabis Legislative information we recommend  The Maine Cannabis Wordpress page, run by ROSC Board member Hillary Lister. We also created a primer on how anyone can effectively testify at the State House.


LD 547
Rep. Campbell of Orrington
Title: An Act To Certify Service Animals

LD 1135

Rep Malaby of Hancock
An Act To Improve Maine's Involuntary Commitment Processes

LD 872
Rep. Ward of Holden
Title: An Act To Ensure Integrity in the Use of Service Animals

LR 1794
Rep. Tuell of East Machias
Title: An Act To Amend Maine's Service Animal Laws

LR 155    Spkr. Eves of North Berwick
Title: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the
Independence of Maine's Seniors

LD 1062
Rep. Golden of Lewiston
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Transitional Housing
for Homeless Veterans

LD 443
Sen. Alfond of Cumberland
An Act To Help Stabilize Homeless Shelters in Maine

LR 644
Spkr. Eves of North Berwick
An Act To Fund a Training Partnership between Riverview Psychiatric
Center and the University of Maine at Augusta

LR 377
Sen. Davis, Sr. of Piscataquis
An Act To Provide Funding For Cancer Care in Maine

LR 790
Rep. Malaby of Hancock
An Act To Fully Fund the Family Caregiver Respite Program

LD 661

Rep. Burstein of Lincolnville
An Act To Fund HIV and Hepatitis C Screening and Prevention Services

LR 84
Sen. Haskell of Cumberland
An Act To Facilitate Interstate Coordination To Fight Crimes Related
to Opiate Abuse in New England

LD 1030

Rep. Dion of Portland
An Act To Better Coordinate the Work of Mental Health Crisis Agencies
with Local Law Enforcement

LR 1617
Rep. Gilbert of Jay
An Act To Address Procedures for Responding to Crises Involving the Mentally Ill

LD 534
Rep. Malaby of Hancock
An Act To Increase Crisis Intervention Training in the State

LD 657
Rep. Beavers of South Berwick
An Act To Increase Funding for Mental Health Care in Both the General
and Prison Populations

LD 440
Sen. Gerzofsky of Cumberland
An Act To Create a Secure, Therapeutic Mental Health Unit

LD 725
Sen. Saviello of Franklin
An Act To Increase Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools

LD 557
Rep. Sanderson of Chelsea
An Act To Provide Reasonable Accommodations for School Attendance

LD 606
Rep. Tucker of Brunswick
An Act To Eliminate the Exemption Based on Philosophical Reasons from
the Immunization Requirements for Children Enrolling in School

LD 601
Rep. Hubbell of Bar Harbor
An Act To Clarify the Authority of Individualized Education Plans in
Relation to Proficiency-based Diplomas

LD 231
Rep. Morrison of South Portland
An Act To Ensure That Schoolchildren with Dyslexia Receive the Assistance Needed

LD 44
Rep. Verow of Brewer
Resolve, To Direct the Department of Education To Train School
Personnel To Implement Dyslexia Awareness and Student Accommodation
Policies

LR 1348
Rep. Warren of Hallowell
An Act To Change Education Laws To Shift the Individualized Education
Program Appeal Burden from the Parent or Guardian to the School
Administration

LD 19

Rep. Espling of New Gloucester
An Act Regarding Special Education for Students Enrolled in a Home
Instruction Program

LR 938
Sen. Breen of Falmouth
An Act To Ensure Access to Adequate and Responsive Services to
Children Experiencing Regulatory and Behavioral Issues That Affect
Functioning

LD 213

Sen. Gratwick of Penobscot
An Act To Ensure the Comprehensive Medical, Educational and Behavioral
Assessment of Children Entering State Custody

LD 1135

Sen. Volk of Cumberland
Title: An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services
To Distribute Information Regarding Down Syndrome to Providers of
Prenatal and Postnatal Care and to Genetic Counselors

LD 647

Sen. Libby of Androscoggin
Title: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Services for Children with
Cognitive Impairments and Functional Limitations

LD 1061

Rep. McClellan of Raymond
Title: Resolve, To Create a Study Commission To Ensure a Stable
Continuum of Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism

LD 949

Rep. McClellan of Raymond
Title: An Act To Enact the Recommendations of the Commission on
Independent Living and Disability

LR 1104
Rep. Hubbell of Bar Harbor
Title: An Act To Facilitate the Development and Operation of a Group
Home for Young Adults with Disabilities

LD 75

Sen. Gratwick of Penobscot
Resolve, To Strengthen Health Care Services for Maine Residents
Affected by Neurodegenerative Diseases

LD 422

Rep. Sanderson of Chelsea
Title:An Act To Improve Access to Treatments for Lyme Disease

LD 909
Rep. Babbidge of Kennebunk
An Act To Help Older Adults Age in Place through Comprehensive Planning


LD 249
Sen. Saviello of Franklin
Title: An Act To Enable Seniors To Remain in Their Homes

LR 337
Rep. Malaby of Hancock
Resolve, To Require a Competitive Bidding Process for Protection and
Advocacy Services for People with Disabilities

LD 714
Rep. Cooper of Yarmouth
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To
Study Providing Medical Assistance to Maine's Inhabited Islands

LR 722
Rep. Sanderson of Chelsea
An Act To Improve Maine's Patient Compensation System

LD 274

Rep. Farnsworth of Portland
Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To
Address the Growing Deficit in Room and Board Allowances Paid to
Agencies Providing Residential Services to Adults with Intellectual
Disabilities and Autism

LR 1148
Rep. Gattine of Westbrook
An Act To Ensure That Services to Individuals Served by the Office of
Aging and Disability Services Continue while a Grievance Is Pending

LD 751

Rep. Stuckey of Portland
An Act To Provide Consideration of the Need for Nursing Facility Beds
in the Area They Are Located before Those Beds Are Moved

LD 1117

Sen. Cushing of Penobscot
Title: An Act To Clarify the Policy for Withdrawal of Life Support from Minors

LD 84
Sen. Haskell of Cumberland
Title: An Act Concerning Screening of Newborns for Lysosomal Storage Disorders

LR 1098
Rep. Farnsworth of Portland
Title: An Act To Require Childhood Immunization Counseling

LD 552

Rep. Gattine of Westbrook
Title: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Home Visitation

LD 292
Sen. Patrick of Oxford
To Require Hospitals To Allow Patients To Take Their Own Medications

LD 665
Rep. Pouliot of Augusta
Title: An Act To Establish a Block Grant Program for Homemaker Services

LD 1129

Sen. Libby of Androscoggin
Title: An Act To Support Cost-effective Home-based Acute Care

LD 155
Rep. Malaby of Hancock
Title: An Act To Expand Housing Opportunities for Patients with
Complex Medical Conditions

LD 782

Sen. Langley of Hancock
Title: An Act To Improve the Quality of Life for Maine People with
Serious Illnesses


LD 1270

Sen. Katz of Kennebec
Title: An Act Regarding Patient-directed Care at the End of Life


LD 1125
Rep. Peterson of Rumford
An Act To Expand Public Access to Epinephrine Autoinjectors

LR 1103
Rep. Farnsworth of Portland
An Act To Allow Standing Orders for the Drug Overdose Antidote
Naloxone Hydrochloride

LD 180

Rep. Longstaff of Waterville
An Act To Allow Terminally Ill Patients To Choose To Use Experimental Treatments

LD 812

Sen. Gratwick of Penobscot
An Act To Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths by Enhancing Access to Naloxone
Hydrochloride


LD 1076

Rep. O'Connor of Berwick
An Act To Establish the Maine Vaccine Consumer Protection Act

LR 1650
Rep. Harlow of Portland
An Act To Encourage Transparency in the Disclosing of the Ingredients
in Vaccinations for Children

LR 1494
Sen. Mason of Androscoggin
An Act To Establish the Maine Vaccine Consumer Protection Act

LR 1541
Rep. Sawicki of Auburn
An Act To Prohibit the Requirement of Vaccination of an Individual
against That Individual's Will


LD 663
Rep. Ward of Holden
An Act To Require That the Department of Health and Human Services
Determine Whether Testing for Krabbe Disease Should Be Required for
Newborns

LD 842
Rep. Rotundo of Lewiston
An Act To Improve Peer Center Reimbursement


LR 156
Spkr. Eves of North Berwick
An Act To Increase the Reimbursement Rate for Direct Care Workers
Serving Maine's Seniors

LD 841
Rep. Stuckey of Portland
An Act To Restore Bus Passes to MaineCare Members

LD 475

Rep. Stuckey of Portland
An Act To Improve MaineCare Services for Certain Recipients To Allow
Them To Remain at Home

LR 1755
Rep. Sherman of Houlton
An Act To Preserve Access for Nursing Services in Homes Receiving
Waiver Services for Children with Intellectual Disabilities or
Pervasive Developmental Disorders

LD 63
Rep. Kumiega, III of Deer Isle
Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To
Provide Supplemental Reimbursement to Adult Family Care Homes and
Residential Care Facilities in Remote Island Locations


LR 1048
Rep. Hamann of South Portland
Title: An Act To Protect Medicare Part B


LD 447

Rep. Rotundo of Lewiston
Title: An Act To Support Peer Centers

LD 604
Rep. Malaby of Hancock
Title: An Act To Encourage Communication Regarding Treatment of
Persons with Mental Illness

LR 1164
Rep. Gattine of Westbrook
Title: An Act To Improve Mental Health Peer Support Training and Oversight

LR 1425
Rep. Sirocki of Scarborough
Title: An Act To Require the Documentation of the Use of Seclusion and
Restraints for Mental Health Patients

LD 470

Rep. White of Washburn
Title: An Act To Allow Mental Health Residential Care Facilities To
Conduct Searches of Residents and Their Belongings

LD 539

Rep. Frey of Bangor
Title: An Act To Increase Utilization of the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center

LD 966

Rep. Malaby of Hancock
Title: An Act To Assist Patients in Need of Psychiatric Services

LD 1158

Sen. Saviello of Franklin Title: An Act To Improve the Ability of
Mental Health Professionals To Assess the Risk of Suicide

LR 1747
Rep. Gattine of Westbrook
Title: An Act To Improve Inpatient Mental Health Services

LD 1170

Rep. Gattine of Westbrook
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 11: Rules Governing the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services

LD 20
Rep. Goode of Bangor
An Act To Improve Substance Abuse Treatment

LD 710

Rep. Dion of Portland
Title: An Act Providing a Good Samaritan Defense to Individuals
Reporting a Drug Overdose

LD 524

Sen. Gratwick of Penobscot Title: An Act To Start a Pilot Program for
Medical Substitution Treatment in a Local Community Setting To Improve
Substance Abuse Treatment

LD 717
Rep. Daughtry of Brunswick
An Act To Establish the Paid Family Leave Insurance Program


LD 483

Rep. Bates of Westbrook
Title: An Act To Amend the Law Requiring the Reporting of Injuries of
Children Who Are under 6 Months of Age or Otherwise Nonambulatory

LR 1100
Rep. Farnsworth of Portland
An Act To Improve the Authority of Guardians of Adults with Disabilities

LD 1049

Rep. Martin of Eagle Lake
An Act To Further Define Duties for Persons Who Hold Powers of
Attorney or Act as Agents for Residents of Long-term Care Facilities

LR 1159
Rep. Nutting of Oakland
Title: An Act Regarding the Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists

LR 305
Sen. Collins of York
An Act To Enable Certain Lodging Places To Make Improvements to
Life-safety Systems To Accommodate Persons with Disabilities

LD 787
Rep. Harlow of Portland
An act To Provide Tax Credits for Adult Day Care and Respite Care

LD 922

Rep Golden of Lewiston
An Act to Provide an Income Tax Exemption for Pension or Retirement
Plans for One Hundred Percent Disabled Veterans

LD 365

Rep. Verow of Brewer
An Act To Provide a Tax Credit for Modifications To Make a Home More
Accessible for Persons with a Disability

LD 1126

Rep. Cooper of Yarmouth
An Act To Provide Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens and People
with Disabilities

LD 497
Rep Windsor of Norway
An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Certain Organizations
Providing Services to Disabled Veterans

LD 50
Rep. Pouliot of Augusta
An Act To Authorize up to 3 Free Sets of License Plates for 100
Percent Disabled Veterans

LD 48

Rep Verow of Brewer
An Act To Reduce Registration Fees and Excise Taxes for For-hire
Vehicles with Adaptive Equipment Enabling Access by Persons with
Disabilities

LD 1025
Rep Rotundo of Lewiston
Title: An Act To Require Motorized Scooters To Be Equipped with Flags


LD 390

Rep. Crafts of Lisbon
An Act To Enforce Restrictions in Parking Spaces and Access Designated
for Persons with a Walking Disability

LD 902

Rep. Crafts of Lisbon
An Act To Establish the Commission To Study Parking for Persons with
Physical Disabilities

LD 1000

Rep. Gideon of Freeport.
An Act To Define Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices for Purposes of the Sales Tax Law