Midday Appropriations met to take up remaining items either carried over or on the Appropriations Table.
Audio from the afternoon may be found here:
Audio from the evening session may be found here:
The morning’s decisions are reflected in the larger chart of actions representing the entire day’s actions below.
In the evening AFA returned to present a $50M bond package. Details are below:
|Item||Bonded Amount (millions)|
|Regional Economic Development Loan Program||8||*Language in LD 1043|
|Commercial Loan Insurance Program||4|
|Competitive- Biometric Research Facility||10|
|Marine Economy Competitive bond||7|
|MDI Biological Laboratory||3|
|Wetland Restoration Projects||0.4|
Throughout the day AFA made decisions on its remaining bills. Those decisions are outlined below:
|979||Flag Sales Tax||Short||ONTP|
|1367||AA to Decrease Costs and Disability Due to Mental Illness in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults||Graham||Tabled||Amended to make contingent on funding from federal grants and eliminate insurance mandate provision|
|1640||MaineCare Expansion||Jackson||OTP 8-5|
|1664||AA to Encourage Charitable Contributions to Nonprofit Organizations||Boyle||OTP-AM||Takes effect in FY16|
|1682||Head Start||Frey||ONTP 12-1|
|1710||AA to Retain Call Centers in Maine||Jackson||Tabled|
|1765||AA to Establish the Criminal Law Advisory Commission||Gerzofsky||OTP-AM||Contingent on acquisition of federal or other funding.|
|1776||Long Term Care Facilities||Craven||OTP-AM||Recognizes $5M in cost-of-care overpayment recovery revenue for increased reimbursements to Nursing Homes|
|1750||Submission Requirements for Wind Energy Through Rulemaking||Alfond||OTP-AM 7-3|
|1855||AA To Validate Certain Proceedings Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds and Notes of the Town of Old Orchard Beach||Valentino||OTP|
|1857||AA to Expand Services to Persons Who are Disabled or Elderly on Wait Lists by Reducing Revenue a Sharing||Ayotte|
|1856||Resolve, Market Analysis of the Feasibility of Expanded Gaming||Valentino||OTP|
Very few bills remain to be discussed.
Appropriations will meet Wednesday to review final bond language and finalize its few remaining bills.
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.