Tuesday afternoon Appropriations met to process more AFA Table bills and initiate the conversation on General Fund bonding.
LD 927 An Act to Remove the Age Penalty for State Retirees Working at Institutions that are closing Rep. Martin presented an amendment to Rep. Alley’s bill. The amendment provides that before any affected employees take advantage of this bill that advance appropriations be made. This avoids the creation of a constitutionally prohibited unfunded actuarial liability.
- Prepay costs
- 25 years of service or more
- Has not otherwise reached Normal Retirement Age (NRA)
- The correctional facility the employee works at is closing and is over 100 miles from the nearest state correctional facility
- The retirement is a direct result of the closure
LD 842 An Act to Establish Peer Center Reimbursement Supports 12 locations providing mental health services under the Consent Decree
OTP 7-6 $75,000
LD 886 Increase Reimbursement Rates for Home-based and Community Based Services Rep. Sanborn proposed an amendment that conforms to the provisions proposed in the supplemental budget LD 1606. It additionally offers $250,000 in GF funding for Section 40 services. The net effect is that all services covered under the HHS committee report receive 50% of the funding proposed by the HHS committee. The source of this one-time funding is existing DHHS funds not being used for TANF maintenance of effort purposes.
The final motion was OTP-AM with $4M and rate study for Section 40
Rep. Sanborn proposed the bill be amended to use $750,000 from TANF maintenance of effort (one time) and $2.3M from FMAP funds.
LD 1534 An Act to Reduce the Trafficking of Illegal Drugs in this State The committee reconsidered its previous vote of 12-1 ONTP to entertain an amendment that no longer adds 4 trooper positions but instead asks the Maine State Police to reinstate a drug interdiction unit within existing resources.
LD 1536 An Act to Provide Ballistic Vests to Law Enforcement The committee reconsidered its previous vote of OTP-AM 8-5 to entertain an amendment to strip the funding and requirement that vests be provided to law enforcement officers in favor of a report on efforts to provide vests to officers and their dogs. This effort was rejected in favor of the report made last week to provide vest for 15 Marine Patrol Officers.
The committee will meet to make final decisions surrounding bonding on Wednesday.