CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation

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This Act enables a court to stay mortgage foreclosure proceedings against members of the military under certain conditions. It also invalidates a foreclosure by advertisement or the sale of mortgaged property of members of the military under certain conditions. It prohibits a person from selling or foreclosing real estate owned by members of the military if the person knew the foreclosure or sale was invalid, and prescribes a civil fine of $2,000 for a violation. The Act directs the Attorney General to deposit such fines in a Military Family Relief Fund established under state law.

This Act creates a Equine Health and Welfare Council, a Equine Health and Welfare Fund, and a Livestock Care Standards Commission. 

This Act directs the state department of education to set up a pilot program to compile information about teachers’ classroom performance over a five year timeframe. The state will use the information to help identify ways to improve teacher effectiveness and to close the “teacher gap.” The Act defines “teacher gap” as the “documented phenomenon that poor or minority students are more likely to be taught by less-qualified or less-experienced teachers than those students’ more advantaged peers.” 

The Act generally defines qualified plug-in electric vehicles and allows a $2,000 tax credit against the state motor vehicle excise tax for qualified plug-in electric drive vehicles. 

This Act defines harassment, intimidation, and bullying. It requires schools to implement bullying prevention programs. It requires school principals appoint anti-bullying specialists for their schools and it mandates forming school safety teams for each school.
This legislation requires teachers, school board members, school leaders, and other education personnel to get training about recognizing and preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying by students. It addresses reporting such incidents to a district board of education, on school report cards, and by the state department of education. It requires the state department of education to develop guidance documents explaining how complaints about harassment, intimidation, and bullying must be resolved.
This legislation requires public institutions of higher education to adopt a policy in the code of student conduct prohibiting harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
The legislation creates a Bullying Prevention Fund within the department of education to provide grants to train school personnel about preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying in schools. 

Maine Public Law, Chapter 655 of 2010 addresses energy infrastructure corridors, which it generally defines as geographic areas within the state designated for siting energy infrastructure. Energy infrastructure includes electric transmission and distribution facilities, natural gas transmission lines, and other pipelines. Energy infrastructure does not include generation interconnection transmission facilities, energy generation facilities, or electric transmission and distribution facilities or energy transport pipelines that cross an energy infrastructure corridor.

The Act establishes conditions under which a health insurance policy or health service plan can require prescribing physicians to substitute immunosuppressant drugs for organ transplant patients that differ from the drugs the physicians originally prescribed for those patients. The Act requires that at least sixty days prior to making any formulary change that alters the terms of coverage for a patient receiving immunosuppressant drugs or discontinues coverage for a prescribed immunosuppressant drug that a patient is receiving, a policy or plan sponsor must, to the extent possible, notify the prescribing physician and the patient, or the parent or guardian if the patient is a child, or the spouse of a patient who is authorized to consent to the treatment of the patient. The notification must be in writing and disclose the formulary change, indicate that the prescribing physician may initiate an appeal, and include information about the procedure for the prescribing physician to initiate the policy or plan sponsor’s appeal process. 
The Act applies solely to cases of immunosuppressive therapy when an immunosuppressant drug has been prescribed to a patient to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs and tissues and a prescribing physician has indicated on a prescription “may not substitute.” This Act does not apply to medication orders issued for immunosuppressant drugs for any in-patient care in a licensed hospital. 

This Act creates a pilot program to provide enhanced, special services to children between four and ten years old who are placed in foster care. The program is intended to reduce the emotional trauma to children who enter foster care. 

This Act establishes criteria by which educational institutions throughout the state can use open-source textbooks. The Act defines an “open-source textbook” as “an electronic textbook that is available for downloading from the Internet at no charge to a student and without requiring the purchase of an unlock code, membership, or other access or use charge, except for a charge to order an optional printed copy of all or part of the textbook. The term includes a state-developed open-source textbook.” 

This Act defines a “biobased product” and directs the state director of administrative services to establish a Biobased Product Preference Program. The legislation requires state agencies and state institutions of higher education to buy biobased equipment, material, or supplies in accordance with the program. It requires the director of the state administrative services agency to develop rules and procedures state agencies and higher education institutions must use to buy biobased products in accordance with the program. The Act contains provisions allowing these agencies to buy non-biobased products when biobased products are unavailable, fail to meet related performance requirements, or are too expensive. 
The Act requires vendors who offer products under the program to certify their products are biobased and provide related information as requested by the state. 


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