Here are bills I would have voted for
Strengthening workers’ rights. This legislation would have
strengthened collective bargaining rights by
making arbitration binding on key economic
issues for public workers–LD1177.
Caseworkers. This legislation passed
both the Maine House and Maine Senate
but was carried over by the Appropriations
Committee to the January 2020 legislative
session. It would create parity among all Maine
Strengthening the retirement system; collectively- bargained salary and job promotion
increases from the earnable compensation limit
for retirement purposes–LD1620.
Funding a comprehensive study of the state
employee compensation and classification
Collective Bargaining Rights for Teachers for planning time, transfers–LD240
Wage theft, employers taking advantage of workers by forced working off the clock, refusing to pay overtime–LD 1524
Paid time off after working for an employer for 120 days; one hour for each 40 worked. This is a fair requirement for employers who benefit from labor–LD369.
Renters’ protections increased notification times for rent increases and notices to vacate–LD308.
Establishing 2 overdose prevention sites in Maine–LD 949.
Increase the percentage of new renewable energy resources to 50% by 2030(100% by 2050), other than Expedited Wind, which I oppose–LD1494.
Boost solar energy utilization for schools, municipalities, and residents primarily from community solar arrays–LD1711.
Maine Green New Deal–LD1282
Establish the Maine Climate Council to develop action plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% below 1990 levels by 2030–LD1679.
Ban single-use plastic bags at the point of sale– not in effect due to COVID-19–LD1532.
Beginning January 1, 2021, a store may not sell or distribute in the state a disposable food service container that is composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam–LD289.
National Popular Vote Bill; the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state’s electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538–LD816.
Lower the threshold for Maine’s estate tax; removing the LePage era tax break for the wealthy–LD420
Guarantees that MaineCare and private insurance provide coverage of abortion care IF a plan offers prenatal care–LD820
Raising Revenues to Balance the State Budget–what the 130th Legislature could consider. Please disregard the long pause of no speaking at the end of my comments–I plan to edit it out.