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MEA-Retired

Maine Education Association Retired

​​​​Updated on 4/24/19


Information and links to legislative activity that impacts retired and active Maine educators will be posted on this page. Links will open on a new page. 


Links


Maine State Legislature Homepage


Maine State Legislature Calendar  This page is the weekly schedule of public hearings, committee meetings and work sessions. It may take a minute to open. 


​State of Maine Legislature Bill Status Knowing the bill's number, you can check the status of the bill on this page. 


Signed Into Law: (Below this list will be any updates or information on bill status from our Legislative Liaison.)

​LD 92: An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation Requirements     Signed 4/11/19 

​MEA press release explaining LD 92.    



Bills to Watch

LD 178: An act to Increase the State Share of Health Insurance 5 percent per year until it reaches 90 percent. 

LD 162 and LD 276: An Act to Eliminate the State Income Tax on Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions

LD 39: An Act to Require Insurance Companies to Provide a Hearing Aid Benefit of $3,000

LD 176: An Act to Enhance Participation on the State Board of Education 

LD 55: An Act To Return the Normal Cost of Teacher Retirement to the State 

LD 427: An Act To Require the State To Fund Teacher Retirement 

LD 898: An Act to Provide for a Professional Wage and Support for New Teachers


Bills Impacting Active Educators:

LD 1370: An Act To Address Violent Behavior in the Classroom. Support to help educators assaulted by students. 
LD 240: An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Educational Policies. Greater voice at the bargaining table - giving you the right to bargain over things like prep time. 
LD 900: An Act To Expand the Rights of Public Employees under the Maine Labor Laws. The right to strike - we may not want to, but having this tool can help provide our students what they need.

Update  4/24/2019 from MEA President, Grace Leavitt. The Legislature's Labor Committee voted to move ahead with LD 900. 
LD 1177: An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations. Binding Arbitration - determinations by arbitrators are binding on all subjects, including salaries, pensions and insurance. 


BILL UPDATES from MEA-Retired Legislative Liaison - Crystal 

Posted 4/16/19

Hello MEA-Retired ,
Here are the latest updates on bills we are working on:
LD 1104 –the bill make COLA a law. (COLA would have to be paid according to the CPI ) Was voted on by Committee on Labor and Housing  as OTP
OTP= means ought to pass
Date               Action               Result
Apr 8, 2019             Work Session Held

Apr 8, 2019             Voted                               OTP

This is an important step, but it still has to pass in the vote in the House of Rep. and the Senate.

LD 38 An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Adults
Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services voted OTP-AM (ought to pass and amended) on this bill
Date               Action               Result
Mar 7, 2019               Work Session Held
Mar 7, 2019               Voted                            OTP-AM

This is an important step, but it still has to pass in the vote in the House of Rep. and the Senate and get funding

LD 162  Committee on Taxation voted OTP–AM
An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax on Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions and LD 276 An Act To Provide Equity in the State Income Tax Deduction for Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions (bills were combined)

Date               Action               Result
Feb 20, 2019            Work Session Held
Feb 20, 2019            Voted                            OTP-AM
This is an important step, but it still has to pass in the vote in the House of Rep. and the Senate and get funding

Crystal Ward MEA-Retired, posted April 16, 2019