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Maine Public Health Association. Legislative and Policy Updates State Coordinating Council June 23rd, 2011. Agenda. MPHA General Public Health Agenda Obesity Prevention Tobacco Control Fund for a Healthy Maine. MPHA’s Legislative Philosophy.

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Maine public health association

Maine Public Health Association

Legislative and Policy Updates

State Coordinating Council

June 23rd, 2011


  • MPHA General Public Health Agenda

  • Obesity Prevention

  • Tobacco Control

  • Fund for a Healthy Maine

Mpha s legislative philosophy
MPHA’s Legislative Philosophy

  • MPHA’s support or opposition to policy initiatives are always evidence-based.

  • MPHA takes our capacity into consideration when developing our Legislative agenda and does not duplicate the efforts of others.

  • Most of our financial resources this session were in the areas of tobacco, obesity and protecting the FHM.

  • Committee members were able to weigh in on many other public health initiatives.

Mpha general public health
MPHA General Public Health

  • LD 64, An Act To Make a Violation of the Laws Governing Seat Belts a Secondary Offense—Dead

    • Sponsored by Sen. Collins (R-York)

    • Would have rolled back seatbelt protections

  • LD 300, An Act To Increase the Availability of Lead Testing for Children—Passed

    • Sponsored by Sen. Craven (D-Lewiston)

    • This bill allows a health care provider, Head Start facility or health care facility or clinic that dispenses WIC benefits approved by the Department of Health and Human Services to perform in-office blood lead analyses under the Lead Poisoning Control Act.

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MPHA General Public Health

  • LD 31, An Act To Protect the Safety of Maine Children by Requiring the Express Consent of a Legal Guardian To Dispense Prescription Medication to a Minor—DEAD

    • Sponsored by Rep. Cebra (R-Naples)

  • LD 116, An Act To Require a 24-hour Waiting Period prior to an Abortion—DEAD

    • Sponsored by Rep. Clark (R-Easton)

  • LD 924, An Act To Educate Women on the Medical Risks Associated with Abortion—DEAD

    • Sponsored by Rep. Espling (R-New Gloucester)

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    MPHA General Public Health

    • LD 412, Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 882: Designation of Bisphenol A as a Priority Chemical and Regulation of Bisphenol A in Children's Products, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection—Passed without signature

      • Sponsor, Rep. Hamper (R-Oxford)

      • Accepts major substantive rules

    • LD 1248, An Act To Require Approval by the Voters of Legislation To Enact or Increase a Tax or Fee—DEAD

      • Sponsor, Sen. Thibodeau (R- Waldo)

    Legislative agenda obesity
    Legislative Agenda (Obesity)

    • LD 1280, An Act to Establish a Pilot Physical Education Project in Four Maine Schools—passed without funding

      • Sponsored by Rep. Rochelo (D-Biddeford)

      • Pilot program to implement strategies for schools to meet national recommendations for PE minutes and PA within the school day.

      • Fitness surveillance system would be established whereby data is passed from schools to the state.

    • LD 971, An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Students—DEAD

      • Sponsored by Rep. Cornell du Houx (D-Brunswick)

      • 20 minutes of daily physical activity for all students in grades 1 to 8.

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    Legislative Agenda (Obesity)

    • LD 505, An Act to Align State Standards Pertaining to Food and Beverages outside of the School Lunch Program to Federal Standards—Passed as Amended

      • Sponsored by Rep. Flood (R-Winthrop)

      • Align with Federal Standards. Exemption for culinary arts programs. Amended as we requested.

    • LD 813, An Act to Require Every School Administrative Unit to Have a Food Service Director—DEAD

      • Sponsored by Rep. Rankin (D-Hiram)

      • A food service director may be hired by >1 SAU. Meet applicable qualifications of HHFKA 2010.

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    Legislative Agenda (Obesity)

    • LD 936, An Act to Conform Maine Menu Labeling Laws to Federal Standards—Carried Over

      • Sponsored by Rep. Strang Burgess (R-Cumberland)

      • Follow FDA menu labeling rules from ACA.

      • Rules not finalized yet so AG recommended carry over.

    • LD 1446, An Act to Establish the Maine Farm and Fish Program—Passed without signature

      • Sponsored by Rep. McCabe (D-Skowhegan)

      • Became a resolve to have AG, MR and ED work with non-profits on 2 pilot programs.

    Legislative agenda tobacco
    Legislative Agenda (Tobacco)

    • LD 216, Resolve, To Prohibit Smokers from Receiving MaineCare Benefits—Passed as amended

      • Sponsor Sen. Saviello (R-Franklin)

      • Would have eliminated Medicaid eligibility for smokers.

      • Rep. Saviello agreed to revise bill to support the continued partnership between MaineCare and the ME CDC in addressing tobacco use among MaineCare members.

    • LD 481, An Act To Make the Cashier or Clerk Who Sells Alcoholic Beverages or Tobacco to an Underage Person Responsible for Paying the Fine—DEAD

      • Sponsor Rep. Ayotte (R-Caswell)

      • Would place liability for underage sales of tobacco and alcohol to minors on the employee, and take liability away from the retailer

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    Legislative Agenda (Tobacco)

    • LD 406 replaced by LD 1505, An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors Regarding Tobacco Use—Passed as Emergency Measure

      • Sponsored by Rep. Cain (D-Orono)

      • Allow licensed addiction counselors to provide tobacco treatment counseling.

    • LD 589, An Act To Increase the Legal Age To Purchase, Use or Sell Tobacco Products—DEAD

      • Sponsored by Rep. Les Fossel (R-Alna)

      • Proposed to increase the age to purchase, use and sell tobacco products to 21.

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    Legislative Agenda (Tobacco)

    • LD 1230, An Act To Prohibit Smoking in Private Clubs Except in Separate Enclosed Areas—DEAD

      • Sponsored by Rep. Blodgett (D-Augusta)

      • Seeks to amend rules related to smoking in private clubs, requiring that clubs prohibited smoking in the facility unless confined to designated indoor spaces or outdoor spaces.

    • LD 1067, An Act To Improve Awareness of Smoking Policies in Maine Rental Housing and Condominiums—Passed

      • Sponsored by Rep. Sanborn (D-Gorham)

      • Amended version weaker, but still requires landlords to disclose whether smoking is permitted or not.

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    Legislative Agenda (Tobacco)

    • LD 1119, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Sale of Certain Tobacco Products—DEAD

      • Sponsored by Rep. Strang Burgess (R-Cumberland)

      • Amends law banning the sale of certain flavored tobacco products to include flavored cigar wraps and papers.

    • LD 536, An Act To Help Deter Youth Smoking and To Help Smokers Quit—DEAD

      • Sponsored by Rep. Elsie Flemings (D-Bar Harbor)

      • Increases the cigarette tax by $1.50 to $3.50

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    Legislative Agenda (Tobacco)

    • LD 1226, An Act To Prevent and Treat Cancer in Maine by Implementing Critical Portions of the Comprehensive Cancer Program—DEAD

      • Sponsored by Rep. Strang Burgess (R-Cumberland)

      • Equalized tax on ALL other tobacco products with tax on cigarettes.

      • Uses $4.5 mil over the biennium to fund portions of the State Cancer Plan.

    Legislative agenda fhm
    Legislative Agenda (FHM)

    • LD 1558, Resolve, To Study Allocations of the Fund for a Healthy Maine—Passed as amended, still in progress

      • Sponsored by Rep. Strang Burgess

      • Creates a legislative commission to determine if FHM meets current public health needs and to set up a review process.

    • LD 1224, An Act To Fund the Screening and Early Detection Elements of the Statewide Cancer Plan—on Appropriations Table

      • Sponsored by Rep. Strang Burgess

      • Passed as amended, stripping the FHM as the funding source but will most likely die as a result of $2 million General Fund fiscal impact.

    Fund for a healthy maine
    Fund for a Healthy Maine

    LD 1043, “The Budget”

    • The Governor’s original proposed biennial budget recommended cuts totaling 33.7% of the programmatic budget on top of expected reductions due to decrease in MSA payments.

      • -Proposed elimination of oral health, substance abuse, family planning

    • The Governor’s budget proposal also included an amendment to the FHM statutory language , removing the provision that FHM funds be used to “supplement, not supplant” General Fund expenditures. However, he eliminated this provision in his change package.

    • Some of the program cuts were restored with non-FHM $$ in the Governor’s change package.

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    Fund for a Healthy Maine

    • After an intensive education and lobbying effort by the Friends of the Fund for a Healthy Maine, led by MPHA staff, the Legislature voted not to accept these cuts.

    • The Biennial budget now includes only a 2.4% cut to FHM programs and a 12.2% cut to the Fund overall.

    • Continued advocacy needed due to 10% now being funded through other sources.


    • MPHA Policy:

    • Tobacco:

    • Obesity:

    • Fund for a Healthy Maine materials available at

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