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Legislative briefs

Apr 22, 2021

Miramant introduces bill to limit credit card fees

Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, introduced a bill April 7 that would limit credit card fees. LD 1119, “An Act To Limit Credit Card Fees by Requiring Monthly Credit Card Billing" was the subject of a public hearing before the Legislature’s Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services.

LD 1119 seeks to limit excessive billing notices by requiring credit card companies to bill consumers only once per month if they have a balance due on that card. Any credit card company that bills users more than 12 times in a calendar year would forfeit the balance on that holder’s credit card.

LD 1119 now faces further action in committee.

Pluecker sponsors two bills to support farmers

The State Legislature’s policy committees have unanimously voted to advance two measures sponsored by Rep. Bill Pluecker (I-Warren) to assist farmers in addressing forever chemical pollutants — Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, or PFAS.

The Judiciary Committee approved Pluecker’s measure to extend the statute of limitations to take legal action for injuries or harm resulting from PFAS contamination. This proposal would allow those that are impacted by PFAS contamination the ability to take legal action within six years of discovery of PFAs pollution, instead of six years after the pollution originally occurred.

The Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee voted unanimously for another one of Pluecker’s bills, to direct the Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry and the University of Maine to look into alternative agricultural entrepreneurship opportunities for affected farmers. The different opportunities to be studied may range from vegetable to livestock production. They could also study PFAS uptake rates from corn to zucchinis, and feasible income alternatives from solar generation to nursery stock.

Pluecker nominated to national task force

Maine Speaker of the House Ryan Fecteau appointed State Rep. Bill Pluecker (I-Warren) to serve on the Agriculture Task Force with the National Conference of State Legislatures April 12.

The Task force was created to examine state and federal agriculture policy issues and to study critical agriculture issues facing the states. The task force will explore policy options to address these concerns and communicate possible solutions with Congress and the Department of Agriculture.

The appointment to the seat is effective immediately.

Miramant introduces bill to support Maine wineries

Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, has introduced a bill to allow wineries to ship their products in and out of Maine. LD 1093, “An Act To Expand the Options for Shipping Wine Directly to Customers," was the subject of a public hearing before the Legislature’s Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs.

LD 1093 would allow retail stores, both in and out of Maine, ship wine directly to customers. The bill also increases the maximum number of 9-liter cases of wine that may be directly shipped by one entity to any one recipient address and removes the prohibitions against the direct shipment of containers of less than 750 milliliters of wine and of products commonly known as "wine coolers."

Miramant was joined by the National Association of Wine Retailers who testified in favor of the bill, among others.

LD 1093 faces further votes in committee.

Miramant introduces bill to increase school funding

Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, has introduced a bill that would require the State of Maine to meet its 55 percent contribution requirement to schools. LD 1114, “An Act To Require the State To Meet the Mandatory 55 Percent Contribution to Schools,” was the subject of a public hearing before the Legislature’s Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.

LD 1114, “An Act To Require the State To Meet the Mandatory 55 Percent Contribution to Schools,” would make sure the state share of funding essential programs and services of public school is 55 percent. In 2003, Maine voters passed a citizen referendum that required the state to pay for 55 percent of the costs of operating public schools in order to reduce property taxes. Since then, the state has never met that requirement.

LD 1114 now faces further action in committee.

 

 

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