Significant action on Carry over and AFA Table bills

Tuesday evening the Appropriations committee met to consider LD 1853, the film incentive bill, carry over items and Appropriations Table.

You can find audio of today’s meeting here:

Film Incentive

Sen. Cain presented an amendment that:

  • Removed references to a dynamic fiscal note
  • Delayed implementation
  • Required annual reporting and evaluation of the data
  • A “hard” sunset

Concerns were expressed about the lateness of this proposal and that it perhaps would be better considered by the Taxation Committee.

The bill received a Unanimous Ought Not to Pass (ONTP) report.

Carry over and Appropriations Table Bills

Amendments available for full review may be found here: table amendments 04152014

The committee took the following actions:

LD Title Sponsor Disposition Notes
Carry overs
25 Mason ONTP
440 Tax Credits for PCPs in Underserved Areas Jackson OTP-AM Fund with a Medical Marijuana funds ($23,000), sunset in 5 years and require annual review
715 AA to increase Access to Career and Technical Schools Johnson, P ONTP
979 Flag Sales Tax Short Tabled
 
Appropriations Table
222 AA Designating the Chief of the State Police as the Only Issuing Authority of a Permit To Carry a Concealed Handgun Marks OTP-AM 8-5 Funding from Gambling Control Board
232 AA To Increase the Base for the Cost-of-living Increase for Retired State Employees and Teachers Sherman OTP 11-2
297 Arming Forest Rangers Dunphy OTP-AM 10-3 Funding by managing vacancies
347 AA To Amend Insurance Coverage for Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders Lachowicz OTP 9-4
725 AA to Implement the Recommendations of the Judicial Compensation Commission Katz OTP-AM Self-funded in FY15
1013 AA to Create the Wireless Information Act Boland ONTP
1120 AA to Improve Maine’s Tax Laws Goode OTP 8-5
1154 AA to Establish the Maine Length of Service Award Program Maker OTP-AM Allow fundraising
1175 AA to Amend the Laws Governing Retirement Benefits for Capitol Police Officers Saviello OTP-AM Preserve study at MePERS
1230 AA to Improve Access to Oral Health Care Eves OTP
1247 AA to Expand Coverage of Family Planning Services Pringle OTP 8-5
1367 AA to Decrease Costs and Disability Due to Mental Illness in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults Graham ONTP
1421 AA to Permit a Student Holding a Degree from a Non-Maine Institution to a Participate in the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program Nadeau ONTP
1463 Tax Expenditures Review Process Rotundo OTP
1530 Universal Voluntary Pre-K Goodall OTP 8-5
1565 Resolve, Directing DECD to Report on the Use of Funds Appropriated to Support the Code Enforcement Officer Training and Certification Program Carey ONTP Included in LD 1679
1600 AA To Require Health Insurers To Provide Coverage for Human Leukocyte Antigen Testing To Establish Bone Marrow Donor Transplantation Suitability Rankin OTP 12-1
1601 AA to Increase the Amount of Funds Available to Counties for Witness Fees, Extradition Expenses and Prosecution Costs Willette OTP 12-1
1612 AA to Amend the Veterans’ Services Laws Beaulieu OTP-AM Allow fundraising
1617 AA to Amend the Laws Governing the Process for Funding Virtual Public Charter Schools MacDonald ONTP
1626 AA to Fund Invasive Species Prevention and Control McClellan OTP
1641 AA to Amend the Workers’ Compensation Laws as They Pertain to Employee Representation Patrick OTP 8-5
1661 AA to Clarify the Provisions of a Historic Tax Credit Craven OTP 8-5
1664 AA to Encourage Charitable Contributions to Nonprofit Organizations Boyle OTP-AM TABLED Takes effect in FY16
1673 AA to Further Delegate Permit-granting Authority to the Bureau of Forestry Boyle OTP-AM Existing resources
1679 Criminal Justice Academy Dion OTP-AM Change title and include funding for LDs 1744 (Lakes), 1699 (HIV Education), fourth quarter FY15 funding for the Mental Health Unit at the Maine State Prison and 1565 (Code Enforcement Officers) from $1.3M in enhanced revenue collections from Maine Revenue Services and funding from the Gambling Control Board
1682 Head Start Frey Tabled
1683 Resolve, to Improve Degree and Career Attainment for Former Foster Childen Berry OTP-AM Reduced funding through foundations and funding from Foster Care Adoption savings
1697 Veterans Treatment Court Fowle OTP-AM Funded from DEVM personal services savings
1699 HIV Education Pringle ONTP Included in 1679
1710 AA to Retain Call Centers in Maine Jackson Tabled
1719 AA to Improve Education about and Awareness of Maine’s Health Laws and Resources Rochelo OTP
1720 AA to Improve the Operations of the Office of the Attorney General Jorgensen ONTP
1722 Sales and Use Tax of Free Publications and Inserts Berry OTP-AM Funding from enhanced collections of $3.4M funded with 1) automated audit selections $975K, 2) expanded field collections activity $1.7M, 3) estate audit $415,094
1729 AA to Increase the Period of Time for the Calculation of a Prior Conviction for Operating under the Influence Marks OTP
1732 Chesuncook church Johnson, P OTP
1734 Cold Case Homicide Unit Stanley OTP-AM Amended to make contingent on funding from federal grants
1744 AA to Protect Maine Lakes McCabe OTP-AM Strip appropriation, funding in LD 1679
1745 AA to Preserve Maine’s Long term Care Facilities Cassidy ONTP
1746 AA to Facilitate Informed Planning for Higher Education and Careers Berry OTP-AM Funded on Legislative Council Study Table
1751 AA To Provide Property Tax Relief to Maine Residents Eves OTP 12-1
1765 AA to Establish the Criminal Law Advisory Commission Gerzofsky Tabled
1769 AA To Implement the Recommendations of the Report Defining Cost Responsibility for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Students Receiving Services from the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf Millett OTP 12-1
1772 Resolve, Regarding Metallic Mineral Exploration, Advanced Exploration and Mining Welsh OTP 8-5
1789 AA to Modernize and Improve the Efficiency of Maine’s Courts Fredette OTP
1794 AA to Cancel the No-bid Alexander Group Contract Farnsworth OTP 8-5
1795 AA to Remove Medical and Dental Expenses from the Itemized Deduction Cap Knight ONTP In the budget
1797 AA Expanding Access to Early Postsecondary Education Nelson ONTP
1811 Gov’s Drug Prosecution Bill Plummer ONTP
1824 AA to Provide Additional Authority to the State Board of Corrections Gerzofsky OTP-AM $1.2M in FY14 supplemental funding
1832 AA to Increase Employment Opportunities for Veterans Tuttle OTP-AM Voluntary program
1839 AA to Increase the Deduction for Pension Income Bennett ONTP
1840 Recommendations Regarding the Controlled Substances Monitoring Program Craven OTP-AM Existing resources
1850 Resolve, to Establish the Commission to Strengthen the Adequacy and Equity of Certain Cost Components of the School Funding Formula MacDonald OTP-AM Existing resources

Passage of FY15 Supplemental Budget

LD 1858 the FY15 supplemental budget received overwhelming support in both bodies on Tuesday and was sent to the Governor for his consideration.

Schedule

The Appropriations committee will complete work Wednesday on remaining Table bills and any possible bond package.

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.

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