Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 11.2.2012

by Pierce Atwood LLP

Augusta, ME

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. If you would like more specific information regarding an item in this newsletter or related to government relations, please contact a member of our Government Relations Practice Group: John Delahanty, Andrea C. Maker, or Avery Day.

Election Day Next Week

Next Tuesday, the 6th, is Election Day, which marks the end of a campaign season filled with negative ads.  While this edition of Under the Dome does not have any predictions, we will provide some analysis post-election.  With one-third of the members of the House and one-third of the members of the Senate not seeking re-election, no matter the results next week, the Maine Legislature is in for some big changes next year.

Prescription Drug Task Force Continues Its Work

Attorney General Schneider’s Prescription Drug Task Force continues to meet to examine issues surrounding drug diversion and disposal.  The Task Force meets again on November 5th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 208 of the Cross Office Building.  The Task Force will receive a briefing on pharmacy robberies from the Director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and will consider draft legislation for the 126th Legislature that would be advanced by the Attorney General.  This is the Task Force’s last meeting this year.

Efficiency Maine Trust Finalizing Its Triennial Plan

Under Maine law, the Efficiency Maine Trust must approve a triennial plan, from which programmatic and spending decisions are based during the duration of the plan.  Trust staff have been preparing this plan all summer, engaging in a large stakeholder process.  The plan is now before the Trust Board, which largely approved the plan during its last meeting.  The Board, however, will meet again on November 7th at 1:00 p.m. at the Governor Hill Mansion to give the plan final approval.  

Decision on MaineCare Cuts Delayed

This year, the Legislature enacted legislation that would limit MaineCare eligibility for roughly 33,000 Mainers.  This budget-related measure may, however, conflict with the Affordable Care Act.  The State requested an expedited approval of State Plan Amendment that would implement these cuts from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”).  CMS responded to the request by stating that it would take the entire time period it is given under statute to review the request.  This week, CMS asked some clarifying questions regarding the State Plan Amendment, giving CMS another 90 days in which to make its decision.  Governor LePage has characterized CMS’s request for clarification as a stalling tactic.  This delay has fiscal implications for the State, as the State budget assumed that these reductions would be in place on October 1st.  A delay in implementation means that each day the State is spending more than anticipated, leading to a budget imbalance that will have to be addressed in a supplemental budget early next year. 

Decision Deadline for Health Insurance Exchange Draws Near

The federal Affordable Care Act established a deadline of November 16th for states to decide whether they intend to run their own health insurance exchange or, rather, rely on a federally imposed model.  While the no official decision has been made in Maine, it is assumed that Maine will opt for a federal exchange.  Those who follow this issue closely assume that a federal model is likely because the State has done little to prepare for a state-designed exchange.

Maine Revenue Service Report on Tax Expenditures Released

Last week, a statutorily required report on tax expenditures received some press attention.  Maine Revenue Services is required to report on revenue foregone due to the Jobs and Investment Tax Credit, the Research Expense Tax Credit, the Seed Capital Investment Tax Credit, the Shipbuilding Facility Credit, the Credit for Pollution-Reducing Boilers, and funds spent on the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program.  This report was criticized by some lawmakers as not providing enough information regarding the number of jobs created or saved by these tax expenditures.  Maine Revenue Services countered, however, that that was not their instruction under Maine law.  Regardless of this debate, the budget picture for the next biennium will likely be challenging, meaning repealing these tax expenditures could serve as a source for additional revenue to fill budget holes.


Written by:

Pierce Atwood LLP

Pierce Atwood LLP on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.


JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at info@jdsupra.com. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at: info@jdsupra.com.

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.