Dear House Democrats,
Today Appropriations took votes on several bills, held a discussion on municipal mandates proposed for repeal and an obstacle to issuing dental bonds.
This afternoon AFA took action on a number of bills previously placed on the Appropriations Table. Below you will find a list of the bills voted unanimously ONTP this afternoon. Other bills were raised and subsequently tabled for further consideration. These votes were taken with the lack of available resources in mind.
A table that attempts to track bills on the Table or otherwise in front of AFA may be found here: AFA Table Second Regular Session1.
|Impact on GF Balance|
|182||MAR||AA to Support the Maine Lobster Industry||Evangelos||(1,000,000)|
|230||HHS||AA to Establish the Commission on Health Care Cost and Quality||Graham||(45,128)||(45,822)||(43,322)|
|234||TAX||AA to Provide Tax Treatment Consistency for LLC and S Corps||Woodbury||(494,950)||(2,001,200)||(2,051,050)|
|368||AFA||AA to Ensure the Continuation of Dairy Farming||Sherman||(1,251,442)||(2,453,222)||(2,455,878)|
|396||JUD||AA to A Sufficient Fund for Indigent Legal Services||Priest||Changed by budget||(2,326,806)||(2,398,095)||(2,398,095)|
|436||TAX||AA to Raise the Maximum 529 Plan Contribution Tax Deduction||Mazurek||(277,400)||(233,700)||(245,100)|
|455||TAX||AA to Extend the State Earned Income Tax Credit||Stuckey||(16,245,641)||(17,115,508)||(16,991,137)|
|481||EDU||AA to Amend the Laws Governing Virtual Charter Schools||MacDonald||Undetermined future GF costs|
|499||HHS||AA to Promote Dental Care for Low-income Populations||Harlow||included in Biennial Budget?||(183,312)||(186,307)||(188,627)|
|631||TAX||AA to Change the Taxes on Fuel Purchased for Use Other than on Highways||Jackson||(1,291,977)||(1,519,973)||(1,519,973)|
|672||EDU||AA Relating to Exemption form Immunization for Schoolchildren||Graham||(3,332)||(768)||(768)|
|741||TAX||AA to Promote Fairness in the Sales Tax Exemption for Vehicles Used in Interstate Commerce||Thomas||(342,000)||(446,310)||(466,394)|
|1309||VLA||AA to Strengthen the Maine Clean Elections Act||Youngblood||(4,500,000)|
|1354||LCRED||AA to Create the Aging in Place Program||Goodall||(750,000)||(750,000)||(750,000)|
|1424||JUD||AA to Increase Mileage Reimbursement and Compensation for Jurors||Brooks||(460,869)||(614,492)||(614,492)|
Maine Municipal Association and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services convened a working group to consider state mandates on municipalities. The committee generated a report (http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/materials/Reports%20to%20AFA/Mandate_Working_Group_Report.pdf) proposing the elimination or alteration of several mandates.
Having reviewed the report previously, AFA considered today a subset (mandate draft 04022014) of those mandates for inclusion in a bill that will be printed, referred to AFA and receive a public hearing. The linked draft includes changes to:
- Animal Control
- School and Municipal Boiler Inspections
- Licensing of certain amusements
- Close-out sales and inventory licensing
- The creation of a State-Local Intergovernmental Working Group to foster communication
- Giving the State and Local Government committee to report out legislation regarding the Working Group report in the next Legislature
The Treasurer has alerted AFA that deadlines in the existing language in PL 2009, Ch. 645 is an obstacle to issuing dental bonds. AFA has formally requested that the Judiciary committee include language correcting this error be included in that committee’s errors and omissions bill.
The committee will meet tomorrow on proposals for the FY15 supplemental budget.
The full schedule may be found here: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/schedule_agendas/index.htm
As always please join the committee in Room 228, listen online at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/audio/index.htm or watch MPBN’s Capitol Connection broadcast either here: http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineCapitolConnection.aspx, over the air or through your cable provider.