127th Legislature

Following are legislative bills that are of interest to the Maine Farm Bureau in the 127th Maine Legislature.

These are bills discussed in detail at the Maine Farm Bureau Legislative Committee meetings. The disposition of these bills by the Legislative committee are shown here. Follow the links to the Maine State Legislature page for each bill to obtain the complete information about the bill Including the actual text of the bill, as well as information about the Joint Standing Committee in which the bill is heard, schedules of public hearing, the recommendation of the Committee, and the ultimate disposition of the bill by the Maine State Legislature.

First Session

LD 4 – “An Act To Promote Industrial Hemp” Sponsored by Representative Deborah Sanderson
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 26 – “An Act To Simplify the Process for Fuel Tax Rebates” (Emergency) Sponsored by Representative Robert Alley
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 31 – “An Act To Require Horse-drawn Carriages and Wagons To Be Equipped with Reflectors” Sponsored by Representative Stephen Stanley
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 68 – “An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Attract Business by Investing in High-speed Broadband Infrastructure” Sponsored by Representative James Campbell
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 73 – “An Act To Increase Weight Allowances for Farm Trucks” Sponsored by Representative Russell Black
Farm Bureau Position: Neither For Nor Against
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 94 – “An Act To Base the Excise Tax Imposed on the Purchase of a Motor Vehicle on the Price Paid”
Sponsored by Representative Heather Sirocki
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 110 – “An Act To Designate Maple Syrup as the Official State Sweetener” Sponsored by Representative Russell Black
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 119 – “An Act To Allow for the Cultivation of Hemp” Sponsored by Senator David Miramant
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 162 – “An Act To Protect the Rights of Property Owners” Sponsored by Representative Beth O’Connor
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 207 – “An Act To Amend the Maine Commercial Fertilizer Law and the Maine Agricultural Liming Materials Act” Sponsored by Senator Michael Willette
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 238 – “An Act To Extend the Period of Time for Persons Who Purchase Special Fuel and Gasoline for Off-highway Use To Apply for the Special Fuel and Gasoline Tax Refunds” (Emergency) Sponsored by Representative Bradlee Farrin
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 253 – “An Act To Improve Permit Oversight for the Cutting of Christmas Trees and Evergreen Boughs” Sponsored by Senator David Burns
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 284 – “An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Overwidth Farm Tractors on Public Ways” Sponsored by Representative Russell Black
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 296 – “An Act To Increase Economic Development in Rural Communities by Expanding Hunting Opportunities” (By Request) Sponsored by Senator David Burns
Farm Bureau Position: Opposes
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 389 – “An Act Relating to the Sale of Hypodermic Apparatuses” Sponsored by Representative Michael Shaw
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 482 – “An Act To Prohibit Flying over Land with Drones without Written Permission from the Landowner” Sponsored by Representative Russell Black
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 609 – “An Act To Provide an Incentive to Nonresident Landowners Who Own More than 250 Acres To Keep That Land Open for Hunting” Sponsored by Representative John Martin
Farm Bureau Position: No position

LD 640 – “Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Review the Incidental Take Permitting Process under the Endangered Species Laws” Sponsored by Senator Paul Davis
Farm Bureau Position: No position

LD 783 – “RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food” Sponsored by Representative Craig Hickman
Farm Bureau Position: Originaly MFB’s position was “Oppose” but after amendment C-A (H-526) we changed our position to Monitor
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 799 – “An Act To Stimulate the Economy and Invigorate the Hunting Industry by Establishing a Pilot Project To Allow Hunting on Sundays in Limited Areas” Sponsored by Representative Paul Chace
Farm Bureau Position: Opposes
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 826 – “An Act To Promote Maine’s Economic Development and Critical Communications for Rural Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investments in High-speed Internet” Sponsored by Representative Robert Saucier
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 839 – “An Act To Increase Conservation District Funding” Sponsored by Representative Russell Black
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 866 – “An Act To Ensure Efficiency and Safety in the Bureau of Forestry” Sponsored by Senator David Burns
Farm Bureau Position: Pending

LD 991 – “An Act To Amend Maine’s Genetically Modified Food Products Labeling Law” Sponsored by Representative Michelle Dunphy
Farm Bureau Position: Opposes

LD 1040 – “An Act To Enhance Funding Opportunities for the Youth Conservation Corps”
Sponsored by Senator Thomas Saviello
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 1073 – “An Act To Lower Energy Costs and Increase Access to Solar Energy for Agricultural Businesses” Sponsored by Senator Thomas Saviello
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 1099 – “An Act To Establish a Fund for the Operations and Outreach Activities of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Animal and Plant Disease and Insect Control Laboratory” Sponsored by Representative Russell Black
Farm Bureau Position: Monitoring
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 1105 – “An Act To Protect Populations of Bees and Other Pollinators” Sponsored by Representative Jeff McCabe
Farm Bureau Position: Opposes
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 1106 – “An Act To Compensate Beekeepers for Hive Losses” Sponsored by Representative Jeff McCabe
Farm Bureau Position: Opposes
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 1178 – “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Maple Syrup Task Force” Sponsored by Representative Russell Black
Farm Bureau Position: Pending

LD 1183 – “An Act To Strengthen the Craft Distillery Industry in Maine” Sponsored by Representative Nathan Wadsworth
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 1198 – “An Act To Improve Representation on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System” Sponsored by Senator Thomas Saviello
Farm Bureau Position: Favors
Farm Bureau Testimony

LD 1326 – “An Act To Require Labeling of All Genetically Modified Products” Sponsored by Senator David Burns
Farm Bureau Position: Opposes

Second Session

LD 1454 – “Resolve, Reauthorizing the Balance of the 2009 Bond Issue for Land Conservation Projects” (Governor’s Bill) Sponsored by Representative Kenneth Fredette
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1458 – “Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 30: Prior Approval Process and Stop Work Orders, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry” (Emergency)
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1461 – “An Act To Allow All Manufacturers Licensed by the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations To Provide Samples of Products to Retail Licensees” Sponsored by Senator Thomas Saviello
Farm Bureau Position: No position

LD 1462 – “An Act Regarding the Sale of Alcohol by a Manufacturer with an On-premises Retail License” Sponsored by Senator Thomas Saviello
Farm Bureau Position: Opposes

LD 1471 – “Resolve, To Facilitate the Distribution of Food Harvested or Processed in Maine to Residents with Food Insecurity” Sponsored by President Michael Thibodeau
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1472 – “Resolve, To Enhance the Administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program by Creating Clear Guidelines for Organizations and Streamlining the Application Process” Sponsored by Senator Justin Alfond
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1481 – “An Act To Protect Maine’s Natural Resources Jobs by Exempting from Sales Tax Petroleum Products Used in Commercial Farming, Fishing and Forestry” Sponsored by Senator Paul Davis
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1483 – “An Act To Amend Maine’s Motor Vehicle Laws” Sponsored by Senator Ronald Collins
Farm Bureau Position: No position

LD 1485 – “An Act To Allow the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands To Transfer Ownership of Snowmobile Trail Maintenance Equipment to Incorporated Nonprofit Snowmobile Clubs” Sponsored by Representative Russell Black
Farm Bureau Position: No position

LD 1486 – “Resolve, To Reauthorize the Issuance of Certain Bonds for Land Conservation Projects” (Emergency) Sponsored by Representative Matthew Pouliot
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1487 – “An Act To Amend the Laws on Protection from Abuse and Unauthorized Dissemination of Certain Private Images” (Emergency) Sponsored by Representative Lori Fowle
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1494 – “An Act To Revise Oil Spill Reporting Standards” Sponsored by Representative Robert Duchesne
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1503 – “An Act To Create a Class II Limited Lobster and Crab Fishing License and Improve the Limited-entry System” Sponsored by Representative Walter Kumiega
Farm Bureau Position: No position

LD 1529 – “An Act Regarding the Application Fees and Inspection Fees Associated with the Provision of Amusement Rides” Sponsored by Senator Kimberley Rosen
Farm Bureau Position: Monitoring

LD 1536 – “An Act To Provide Ballistic Vests to State Law Enforcement Officers” Sponsored by Senator David Burns
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1543 – “An Act To Create Stability in the Control of Pesticides” Sponsored by Representative Jeffrey Timberlake
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1561 – “An Act To Reauthorize Certain Land for Maine’s Future Bonds and To Facilitate the Issuance of Those Bonds” (Emergency) Sponsored by Senator Roger Katz
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1564 – “An Act To Update References to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986 Contained in the Maine Revised Statutes” (Emergency) Sponsored by Senator Earle McCormick
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1567 – “An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Operation of an All-terrain Vehicle or Snowmobile on a Controlled Access Highway” (Emergency) Sponsored by Representative Robert Saucier
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1578 – “An Act To Update Maine’s Solid Waste Management Laws” Sponsored by Senator Thomas Saviello
Farm Bureau Position: Favors

LD 1580 – “Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 26: Producer Margins, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Milk Commission” (Emergency)
Farm Bureau Position: Favors