Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden, introduced three bills this week.

LD 486, “An Act to Improve Efficiencies in Cosmetology Licensing,” received a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 19, before the Legislature’s Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business. The bill aims to improve the cosmetology licensing process by clarifying that out-of-state training meets Maine’s requirement. The bill faces further action in the Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, as well as votes in the Maine House and Senate.

LD 363, “An Act To Protect Residents of Assisted Living Facilities,” would require that assisted living facilities have a staff member on duty who is trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and to use an automated electronic defibrillator. The bill also specifies that an AED must be available to any person who is trained to use it and that no restriction on the use of these lifesaving procedures can be required or inferred. It received a public hearing before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and will be heard in a work session in the Health and Human Services Committee before votes in the full Legislature.

LD 480, “An Act to Ensure Pay Transparency and Reduce Gender and Racial Wage Inequities,” also received a public hearing before the Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Miramant’s bill would require that certain employers, including state agencies, file reports with the Maine Human Rights Commission. The reports must include a simple calculation of the median annual wage for employees broken down by gender and race/ethnicity within different job categories. There is also a requirement for wage transparency. The bill will progress to a work session in the Labor and Housing Committee before votes in the Maine House and Senate.