JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

 

      Sen. Richard W. Rosen, Senate Chair

      Rep. Patrick SA. Flood, House Chair

 

PUBLIC HEARING:  Monday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 29, 2011

            Room 228 State House

 

The Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the policy committees of the Legislature will be holding public hearings in Room 228 of the State House on LR 2067: "An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013”.   The proposed budget initiatives may be viewed on the Bureau of the Budget’s website: http://www.maine.gov/budget/budgetinfo/2012biennial.htm

 

The committees will be using a comprehensive document which includes baseline history; baseline justifications; initiatives and initiative justifications; and the fiscal impact of the language portions of the bill.  There will be a separate document for each policy committee.  Prior to the associated public hearing each policy committee document will be posted on OFPR’s website at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations committee/materials/index.htm

 

The audio portions of public hearings and work sessions held in Room 228 of the State House may be monitored over the Internet by addressing: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/audio/index.htm

 

The committee, in conjunction with the associated policy committee if applicable, will hear testimony regarding all portions of the bill except Part B (self-funded position reclassifications and range changes).

 

The following is the schedule of the public hearings by policy committee date, department or agency and program.

 


February 28th 10:00 am

Budget Overview by Sawin Millett, Commissioner, Department of Administrative and Financial Services

 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation): 

 

February 28th

10:15 am

Property Tax Review, State Board of 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

·         Bureau of Revenue Services Fund

 

 

·         County Tax Reimbursement

 

 

·         Elderly Tax Deferral Program

 

 

·         Homestead Property Tax Exemption Reimbursement

 

 

·         Mandate-BETE-Reimbursement Municipalities

 

 

·         Revenue Services – Bureau of

 

 

·         Snow Grooming Property Tax Exemption Reimbursement

 

 

·         Tree Growth Tax Reimbursement

 

 

·         Unorganized Territory Education and Services Fund – Finance

 

 

·         Veterans Organization Tax Reimbursement

 

 

·         Veterans Tax Reimbursement

 

 

·         Waste Facility Tax Reimbursement

 

 

·         Language (Part “J” – provides that regular tax assessments may be sent by regular first class mail rather than certified mail and increases the time limit for requesting administrative reconsideration of a tax assessment or other determination of the State Tax Assessor)

 

 

·         Language (Part “K” – reduces the amount of penalties imposed for failure to file a tax return)

 

 

·         Language (Part “L”- clarifies the conditions under which certain tax penalties may be waved )

 

 

·         Language (Part “M”- increases the Maine estate tax exclusion amount )

 

 

·         Language (Part “N” - conforms Maine standard deduction and personal exemption amounts to the federal amount, repeals the exclusion of mortgage insurance premiums from itemized deductions, eliminates the alternative minimum tax on individuals, repeals certain retirement distribution taxes and reduces the top individual income tax rate)

 

 

·         Language (Part “O” – repeals the addition modifications related to federal bonus depreciation and the increased section 179 thresholds )

 

 

·         Language (Part “P” – limits allowable benefit under the Maine Residents Property Tax and Rent Refund Program  in 2010 and 2013)

 

 

·         Language (Part “Q” – decreases the reimbursement percentage in the BETR program for the 2012-2013 biennium)

 

 

·         Language (Part “LLL” – authorizes continuation of each individual tax expenditure as provided forby statute) –addition proposed by DAFS

 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation):

 

March 1st

1:00 pm

Treasurer of the State, Office of

 

 

·         Disproportionate Tax Burden Fund

 

 

·         Passamaquoddy Sales Tax Fund

 

 

·         State – Municipal Revenue Sharing

 

 

·         Language (Part “FFF” – replaces the requirement for certain written notices to municipalities regarding interest rates on delinquent taxes to website publication)

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

·         Language (Part “I” – changes the current  provision of State-municipal revenue sharing and additional support to the Disproportionate Tax Burden Fund  from a transfer of revenue to General Fund appropriations  )

 


 

(To be heard by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs): 

 

March 2nd

10:00 am

RETIRED GOVERNORS & CERTAIN JUDGES

 

 

Retirement System, (Board of Trustees of the) Maine State

 

 

·         Retirement System – Retirement Allowance Fund

 

 

 

 

 

PURCHASE OF MILITARY SERVICE CREDIT

 

 

·         Retirement System – Subsidized Military Service Credit

 

 

 

 

 

STATE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT

 CONTRIBUTIONS, ELIGIBILITY & COLAS

 

 

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

·         Departments and Agencies – Statewide  (Retirement Initiative and Pension Obligation Only)

 

 

·         Language (Part “S” – increases the percentage contribution by state employee and teacher members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System State Employee Portion Only)

 

 

·         Language (Part “T” – increases the normal retirement age for certain  state employee and teacher members of the Maine Public Employee Retirement System State Employee Portion Only)

 

 

·         Language (Part “U” – reduces the cap on cost-of-living increases on the retirement benefit for members of the State Employee, Teachers, Judicial and Legislative retirement program and freezes the benefit for three years State Employee, Judicial and Legislative Only)

 

 

·         Language (Part “X” – repeals the provisions of statute that made solemn contractual commitments to members of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Systems related to health insurance and retirement benefits State Employee Only)

 

 

·         Language (Part “Z” – authorizes an employee retirement incentive program)

Committee Dinner Break 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


 

(To be heard by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs): 

 

March 3rd

1:00 pm

STATE EMPLOYEE AND RETIREE HEALTH INSURANCE

 

 

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

·         Departments and Agencies – Statewide  (savings from maintaining the cost of employee health insurance at the fiscal year 2010-11 level and projected savings from changes to future retiree health obligations)

 

 

·         Language (Part “V” – amends statutory provisions pertaining to state employee  retiree health insurance and caps the total premium increases for the active and retired employee health insurance plan)

Committee Dinner Break 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm


 

(To be heard by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs): 

 

March 4th

10:00 am

TEACHER  RETIREMENT

 CONTRIBUTIONS, ELIGIBILITY & COLAS

 

 

Education, Department of

 

 

·         Teacher Retirement

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

·         Language (Part “S” – increases the percentage contribution by state employee and teacher members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System Teaches Only)

 

 

·         Language (Part “T” – increases the normal retirement age for certain  state employee and teacher members of the Maine Public Employee Retirement System Teachers Only)

 

 

·         Language (Part “U” – reduces the cap on cost-of-living increases on the retirement benefit for members of the State Employee, Teachers, Judicial and Legislative retirement program and freezes the benefit for three years Teachers Only)

 

 

·         Language (Part “X” – repeals the provisions of statute that made solemn contractual commitments to members of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Systems related to health insurance and retirement benefits Teachers Only)

 

 

TEACHER RETIREMEE HEALTH AND GROUP LIFE INSURANCE

 

 

Education, Department of

 

 

·         Retired Teacher Group Life Insurance

 

 

·         Retired Teacher Health Insurance

 

 

·         Language (Part “W” –  amends the statutory provisions pertaining to retired teacher health insurance)

 

 

·         Language (Part “Y” –  creates an Irrevocable Trust Fund for Other Post-employment benefits for retired teachers)

Committee Dinner Break 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services):

 

March 7th

10:00 am

MEDCAL PAYMENTS TO PROVIDERS

(NOT COVERED IN OTHER SECTIONS)

 

 

·         Medical Care – Payments to Providers  Baseline

 

 

·         Medical Care- Payments to Providers MaineCare growth and DRG and APC conversion initiative

 

 

·         Medical Care- Payments to Providers Other Initiatives not Otherwise Listed

 

 

·         Language (Part “QQ” – authorizes the transfer of  funds from the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund to the Medical Care – Payments to Providers General Fund account at the end of FY12 to be used to pay hospital settlements)

 

 

·         Language (Part “VV” – continues the authority of the Department to transfer available General fund balances between MaineCare accounts and continues reporting requirements on MaineCare expenditures)

 

 

 

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND ELIGIBILITY

 

 

·         Additional Support for Persons in Retraining and Employment (ASPIRE)

 

 

·         Bureau of Family Independence – Regional

 

 

·         Child Support

 

 

·         Disability, Determination of

 

 

·         Food Supplement Administration

 

 

·         General Assistance – Reimbursement to Cities & Towns

 

 

·         Language (Part “JJ” -  makes a number of changes to reimbursement levels and eligibility standards related to General Assistance)

 

 

·         Medical Care -  Payments to Providers ( funding reduction from changing the disability determination cut-off)

 

 

·         Language (Part “RR” – changes the disability determination cut-off from 45 to 90 days for applications based on disability)

 

 

·         Medical Care -  Payments to Providers (funding reduction from freezing MaineCare enrollment of parents with a family income over 133% of federal poverty level)

 

 

·         Medical Care -  Payments to Providers (imposition of a 4% premium on family income for several department programs)

 

 

·         Medical Care -  Payments to Providers (funding reduction from limiting benefits to certain legal non-citizens)

 

 

·         Language (Part “KK” – repeals certain citizenship status provisions of statutes related to the food supplement program;, supplemental security income;, and medical and financial assistance under the TANF and MaineCare programs)

 

 

·         Office of Integrated Access and Support – Central Office

 

 

·         State Supplement to Federal Supplemental Security Income

 

 

·         Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

 

 

·         Language (Part “LL” – requires proof of regular drug testing in order to receive initial and continued assistance under TANF)

 

 

·         Language (Part “PP” – provides for specified changes in eligibility, frequency and other rule related to  TANF)

 

 

·         Language (Part “TT” – directs the Department to revise its rules regarding the calculation of income for MaineCare eligibility purposes)

 

 

·         Language (Part “AAA” – directs the Department to revise its rules regarding eligibility for the Medicare Buy-in program)

 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services):

 

March 8th

1:00 pm

ELDER SERVICES

 

 

·         Independent Housing With Services

 

 

·         Long Term Care – Human Services

 

 

·         Low-Cost Drugs to Maine’s Elderly

 

 

·         Medical Care – Payments to Providers (elimination of the Maine Rx Plus Program)

 

 

·         Maine Rx Plus Program

 

 

·         Language (Part “SS” – repeals the Maine Rx Plus Program)

 

 

·         MR/Elderly PNMI Room and Board

 

 

·         Language (Part “MM” – directs the Department to revise its rules to impose a penalty for certain transfers of assets to qualify for state support for boarding home services)

 

 

·         Nursing Facilities

 

 

·         Office of Elder Services Adult Protective Services

 

 

·         Office of Elder Services Central Office

 

 

 

OTHER STATE AGENCIES

 

 

Children’s Trust Incorporated  (Board of Maine)

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Department – Office of the Governor

 

 

·         Ombudsman Program 

 

 

 

 

 

Disability Rights Center

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Health Data Organization

 

 

 

 

 

Hospice Council, Maine

 

 

 

 

 

Licensure of Water System Operators, Board of

 

 

·         Water System Operators – Board of Licensure

 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services):

 

March 9th

10:00 am

SOCIAL SERVICES

 

 

·         Community Services Block Grant

 

 

·         Division of Purchased Services

 

 

·         Multicultural Services

 

 

·         Purchased Social Services

 

 

·         Language (Part “UU” – directs the Department to revise its rules to establish State-paid child care rates based on the local market survey)

 

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN’S SERVICES

 

 

·         Bureau of Child and Family Services – Central

 

 

·         Bureau of Child and Family Services – Regional

 

 

·         Child Care Food Program

 

 

·         Child Care Services

 

 

·         Head Start

 

 

·         Homeless Youth Program

 

 

·         IV-E Foster Care/Adoption Assistance

 

 

·         Maine Children’s Growth Council

 

 

·         Special Children’s Services

 

 

·         State Funded Foster Care/Adoption Assistance

 

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

 

 

·         Medical Care – Payments to Providers (annualized savings association with the creation of a children’s waiver)

 

 

·         Mental Health Services – Child Medicaid

 

 

·         Mental Health Services – Children

 

 

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

 

 

·         Consumer-directed Services

 

 

·         Developmental Services – Community

 

 

·         Developmental Services Waiver

 

 

·         Developmental Services Waiver – Supports

 

 

·         Medicaid Services – Developmental Services

 

 

·         Office of Advocacy

 

 

·         Residential Treatment Facilities Assessment

 

 

 

 

 

BRAIN INJURY

 

 

·         Brain Injury

 

 

·         Traumatic Brain Injury Seed

 


 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services):

 

March 9th

continued

PUBLIC HEALTH

 

 

·         Aids Lodging House

 

 

·         Bone Marrow Screening  Fund

 

 

·         Breast Cancer Services Special Program Fund

 

 

·         Community Family Planning

 

 

·         Comprehensive Cancer Screening, Detection and Prevention Fund         

 

 

·         Dental Disease Prevention

 

 

·         Drinking Water Enforcement

 

 

·         Health, Bureau of

 

 

·         Hypertension Control

 

 

·         Maine Asthma and Lung Disease Research Fund

 

 

·         Maine School Oral Health Fund

 

 

·         Maine Water Well Drilling Program

 

 

·         Maternal and Child Health

 

 

·         Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Match

 

 

·         Medical Use of Marijuana Fund

 

 

·         Prescription Drug Academic Detailing

 

 

·         Plumbing – Control Over

 

 

·         Rape Crisis Control

 

 

·         Risk Reduction

 

 

·         Sexually Transmitted Diseases

 

 

·         Tuberculosis Control Program

 

 

·         Universal Childhood Immunization Program

 


 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services):

 

March 10th

1:00 pm

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 

 

·         Driver Education & Evaluation Program – Substance Abuse

 

 

·         Office of Substance Abuse

 

 

·         Language (Part “WW” – requires certain licensed health care professionals to participate in the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program)

 

 

·         Language (Part “YY” – prohibits certain MaineCare recipients from using cash to pay for prescriptions)

 

 

·         Office of Substance Abuse – Medicaid Seed

 

 

 

 

 

ADULT MENTAL HEALTH

 

 

·         Disproportionate Share – Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center 

 

 

·         Disproportionate Share – Riverview Psychiatric Center

 

 

·         Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center

 

 

·         Language (Part “NN” – establishes a working group on the future role of the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center)

 

 

·         Forensic Services

 

 

·         Mental Health Services – Community

 

 

·         Mental Health Services – Community Medicaid

 

 

·         Riverview Psychiatric Center

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION

 

 

·         Bureau of Medical Services

 

 

·         Language (Part “XX” – clarifies that “MaineCare” is intended to mean or read “Medicaid”)

 

 

·         Division of Administrative Hearings

 

 

·         Division of Data, Research and Vital Statistics

 

 

·         Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services

 

 

·         Office of Management and Budget

 

 

·         OMB Division of Regional Business Operations

 

 

·         Language (Part “OO” – directs DHHS and the Department of the Attorney General to work on issues related to fraud detection)

 

 

·         Language (Part “ZZ” –gives the department the authority to adopt emergency rules to implement certain provisions of this bill)


 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committees on Health and Human Services.  The Joint Committees on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Education and Cultural Affairs, Judiciary and Insurance and Financial Services are invited to participate as well):

 

March 11th

10:00 am

Attorney General, Department of

 

 

·         FHM – Attorney General

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Public Safety

 

 

·         FHM – Fire Marshall

 

 

 

 

 

Finance Authority of Maine

 

 

·         FHM – Dental Education

 

 

·         FHM – Health Education Centers

 

 

·         FHM – Quality Child Care

 

 

 

 

 

Education, Department of

 

 

·         FHM – School Breakfast Program

 

 

·         FHM – School Nurse Consultant

 

 

Language (Part “DD”- repeals the requirement to establish a School Nurse Consultant position)

 

 

 

 

 

Judicial Department

 

 

·         FHM – Judicial Department

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Health and Human Services (Formerly BDS)

 

 

·         FHM – Substance Abuse

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

·         FHM – Bone Marrow Screening

 

 

·         FHM – Bureau of Family Independence – Central

 

 

·         FHM – Bureau of Health

 

 

·         FHM – Bureau of Medical Services

 

 

·         FHM – Donated Dental

 

 

·         FHM – Drugs for the Elderly and Disabled

 

 

·         FHM – Family Planning

 

 

·         FHM – Head Start

 

 

·         FHM – Immunization

 

 

·         FHM – Medical Care

 

 

·         FHM - Purchased Social Services

 

 

·         FHM – Service Center

 

 

 

 

 

Dirigo Health

 

 

·         FHM – Dirigo Health

 

 

 

 

 

Language (Part “II” – Extends the cap on transfers from net slot machine revenue to the FHM, eliminates the provision that prohibits supplanting General Fund appropriations with FHM allocations and repeals a provision related to offsetting lost funding associated with limiting the sale of certain products)

 


To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs):

 

March 14th

10:00 am

Arts Commission, Maine

 

 

·         Arts – Administration

 

 

·         Arts – General Grants Program

 

 

·         Arts – Sponsored Program

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural Affairs Council, Maine State

 

 

·         New Century Program Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Preservation Commission, Maine

 

 

·         Historic Commercial Rehabilitation Fund

 

 

·         Historic Preservation Commission

 

 

·         Historic Preservation Revolving Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Society, Maine

 

 

 

 

 

Humanities Council, Maine

 

 

·         Humanities Council

 

 

 

 

 

Library, Maine State

 

 

·         Administration – Library

 

 

·         Maine State Library

 

 

·         Statewide Library Information System

 

 

 

 

 

Museum, Maine State

 

 

·         Maine State Museum

 

 

·         Research and Collection – Museum

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance Authority of Maine

 

 

·         Doctors’ for Maine’s Future

 

 

·         Student Financial Assistance Programs

 

 

 

 

 

Maritime Academy, Maine

 

 

·         Maritime Academy – Operations

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Community College System - Board of Trustees

 

 

 

 

 

University of Maine, Board of Trustees of the

 

 

·         Casco Bay Estuary Project – University of Southern Maine

 

 

·         Debt Service – University of Maine System

 

 

·         Educational & General Activities – UMS

 

 

·         Maine Economic Improvement Fund

 

 

·         Maine Marine Wind Energy Demonstration Site Fund

 

 

·         UM Cooperative Extension – Pesticide Education

 

 

·         University of Maine Scholarship Fund

 

 

 

 


To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs):

 

March 14th

1:00 pm

State Board of Education

 

 

 

 

 

Education, Department of

 

 

·         Adult Education

 

 

·         Child Development Services

 

 

·         Language (Part “GGG” – eliminates the provision that allows certain children to continue to receive the services of the CDS system for an additional year rather than be enrolled in kindergarten)

 

 

·         Criminal History Record Check Fund

 

 

·         Education in Unorganized Territory

 

 

·         Federal and State Program Services

 

 

·         General Purpose Aid for Local Schools (GPA)

 

 

·         Language (Part “C” – establishes the Total Cost of Education K-12 for FY12, the state contribution and the annual target state share percentage and authorizes funding to the Center of Excellence for At-risk Students)

 

 

·         Leadership Team

 

 

·         Learning Through Technology

 

 

·         Language (Part “CC” – clarifies the scope of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative program, provides for a competitive bidding process and requires annual reports to the legislature)

 

 

·         Obesity and Chronic Disease Fund

 

 

·         PK-20 Curriculum Instruction and Assessment

 

 

·         School Finance and Operations

 

 

·         Special Services Team

 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary):

 

March 15th

1:00 pm

Attorney General, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Attorney General

 

 

·         Chief Medical Examiner – Office of

 

 

·         Civil Rights

 

 

·         District Attorneys Salaries

 

 

·         Human Services Division

 

 

·         Victims’ Compensation Board

 

 

 

 

 

Human Rights Commission, Maine

 

 

·         Human Rights Commission – Regulation

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

 

 

 

 

 

Judicial Department

 

 

·         Courts – Supreme, Superior, District and Administrative

 

 

·         Judicial Debt Service

 

 

·         Language (Part “HHH” – allows the transfer up to a specified amount of fee revenue each year to support capital expenses only after all budgeted undedicated revenue has been collected and deposited)

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Pine Tree Legal

 

 

·         Legal Assistance

 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety):

 

March 16th

1:00 pm

State Board of Corrections

 

 

·         State Board of Corrections Investment Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Corrections, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Corrections

 

 

·         Adult Community Corrections

 

 

·         Capital Construction / Repairs / Improvements – Corrections

 

 

·         Central Maine Pre-release Center

 

 

·         Charleston Correctional Facility

 

 

·         Correctional Center

 

 

·         Correctional Medical Services Fund

 

 

·         Departmentwide – Overtime

 

 

·         Downeast Correctional Facility

 

 

·         Justice – Planning, Projects & Statistics

 

 

·         Juvenile Community Corrections

 

 

·         Long Creek Youth Development Center

 

 

·         Mountain View Youth Development Center

 

 

·         Office of Victim Services

 

 

·         Parole Board

 

 

·         Prisoner Boarding

 

 

·         State Prison

 

 

·         Language (Part “AA”-  authorizes the Department to transfer certain funds between accounts within the same fund to pay food, heating and utility expenses)

 

 

·         Language (Part “BB” – authorizes the Department to transfer  certain funds between accounts within the same fund to pay for overtime expenses and requires the review off the current organizational structure and authorizes position transfers of positions and available balances)

 

 

 

Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Maine Emergence Management Agency

 

 

·         Emergency Response Operations

 

 

·         Stream Gaging Cooperative Program

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Protection Services Commission, Maine

 

 

 

 

 

Public Safety, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Public Safety

 

 

·         Background Checks – Certified Nursing Assistants

 

 

·         Capitol Security, Bureau of 

 

 

·         Computer Crimes

 

 

·         Consolidated Emergency Communications

 

 

·         Criminal Justice Academy

 

 

·         Drug Enforcement Agency

 

 

·         Emergency Medical Services

 

 

·         Fire Marshall – Office of

 

 

·         Highway Safety DPS

 


To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry):

 

March 17th

1:00 pm

Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Department of

 

 

·         Animal Welfare Fund

 

 

·         Beverage Container Enforcement Fund

 

 

·         Certified Seed Fund

 

 

·         Division of Animal Health and Industry

 

 

·         Division of Market and Production Development

 

 

·         Division of Plant Industry

 

 

·         Quality Assurance and Regulation, Division of

 

 

·         Food Assistance Program

 

 

·         Harness Racing Commission

 

 

·         Maine Farms for the Future Program

 

 

·         Milk Commission

 

 

·         Office of the Commissioner

 

 

·         Pesticides Control, Board of

 

 

·         Potato Quality Control – Reducing Inspection Costs

 

 

·         Rural Rehabilitation

 

 

·         Seed Potato Board

 

 

 

 

 

Baxter State Park Authority

 

 

·         Baxter State Park Authority

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Commission of Maine, Wild

 

 

·         Blueberry Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Conservation, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Forestry

 

 

·         Boating Facilities Fund

 

 

·         Coastal Island Registry

 

 

·         Forest Protection, Division of

 

 

·         Forest Fire Control – Municipal Assistance Grants

 

 

·         Forest Health and Monitoring

 

 

·         Forest Policy and Management, Division of

 

 

·         Forest Recreation Resource Fund

 

 

·         Geological Survey

 

 

·         Land Management and Planning

 

 

·         Land Use Regulation Commission

 

 

·         Maine Conservation Corps

 

 

·         Maine State Parks Development Fund

 

 

·         Maine State Parks Program

 

 

·         Mining Operations

 

 

·         Natural Areas Program

 

 

·         Office of the Commissioner

 

 

·         Off-Road Recreational Vehicles Program

 

 

·         Parks – General Operations

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Department

 

 

·         Land for Maine’s Future Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Harness Racing Promotional Board

 

 

 

 

 

Potato Board, Maine

 

 

·         Potato Board


 

To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government):

 

March 21st

10:00 am

Audit, Department of

 

 

·         Audit – Departmental Bureau 

 

 

·         Audit – Unorganized Territory

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Department

 

 

·         Administration – Executive – Governor’s Office

 

 

·         Blaine House

 

 

·         Floodplain Mapping Fund

 

 

·         Maine Code Enforcement Training and Certification Fund

 

 

·         Planning Office

 

 

·         Language (Part “FF” – eliminates the State Planning Office as a separate office within the Department)

 

 

·         Language (Part “III” – eliminates the requirement that executive orders be filed with county law libraries and requires them to be posted on the State website)

 

 

 

 

 

Municipal Bond Bank, Maine

 

 

·         Maine Municipal Bond Bank – Maine Rural Water Association

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary of State, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Archives

 

 

·         Administrative Services and Corporations, Bureau of

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer of the State, Office of

 

 

·         Administration – Treasury

 

 

·         Debt Service – Treasury

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Human Resources

 

 

·         Budget – Bureau of the

 

 

·         Buildings & Grounds Operations

 

 

·         Bureau of General Services – Capital Construction and Improvement Reserve Fund

 

 

·         Capital Construction/Repairs/Improvements – Administration

 

 

·         Central Fleet Management

 

 

·         Language (Part “H” – authorizes the department to enter into financing arrangements for the acquisition of motor vehicles for the Central Fleet Management System)

 

 

·         Central Services – Purchases

 

 

·         Debt Service – Government Facilities Authority

 

 

·         Departments and Agencies – Statewide  (longevity pay, merit pay, streamlining and procurement initiatives only)

 

 

·         Language (Part “E” – continues the freeze on merit and longevity pay)

 

 

·         Language (Part “KKK” – establishes the Streamline and Prioritize Core Government Services Task Force to achieve specified savings )

 

 

·         Financial and Personnel Services – Division of

 

 

·         Information Services

 

 

·         Office of the Commissioner – Administrative & Financial Services

 

 

·         Public Improvements – Planning/Construction – Admin

 

 

·         Purchases – Division of

 

 

·         Risk Management – Claims

 

 

·         State Controller – Office of the

 

 

·         Statewide Capital Equipment Fund

 

 

·         Statewide Radio Network System

 

 

·         Language (Part “D” –  continues voluntary employee incentive programs)

 

 

·         Language (Part “F” – recognizes employee attrition percentage built into the baseline budget)

 

 

·         Language (Part “EE” – establishes a Statewide Capital Equipment Fund)

 

 

·         Language (Part “JJJ” – Authorizes a one-day borrowing from Other Special Revenue Funds at the close of fiscal year 2011-12)


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs):

 

March 22nd

1:00 pm

Ethics and Election Practices, Commission on Governmental

 

 

·         Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, Commission on

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Secretary of State

 

 

·         Elections and Commissions

 

 

 

 

 

Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management

 

 

·         Loring Rebuild Facility

 

 

·         Military Educational Benefits

 

 

·         Military Training & Operations

 

 

·         Veterans Services

 

 

 

 

 

Public Safety, Department of

 

 

·         Gambling Control Board

 

 

·         Licensing and Enforcement – Public Safety

 

 

·         Liquor Enforcement

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

·         Lottery Operations

 

 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources):

 

March 22nd

2:30 pm

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

·         Solid Waste Management Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Protection, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Environmental Protection Fund

 

 

·         Air Quality

 

 

·         Board of Environmental Protection

 

 

·         Land and Water Quality

 

 

·         Maine Environmental Protection Fund

 

 

·         Performance Partnership Grant

 

 

·         Remediation and Waste Management

 

 

 

 

 

Finance Authority of Maine

 

 

·         Waste Motor Oil Disposal Site Remediation Program

 

 

 

 

 

New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission

 

 

·         Maine Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee

 

 

 

 

 

Saco River Corridor Commission

 

 

 

 

 

St. Croix International Waterway Commission

 

 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development):

 

March 23rd

1:00 pm

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

·         Workers’ Compensation Management Fund Program

 

 

 

 

 

Workers’ Compensation Board

 

 

·         Administration – Workers’ Compensation Board

 

 

·         Employment Rehabilitation Program

 

 

·         Workers’ Compensation Board

 

 

 

 

 

Centers for Innovation

 

 

 

 

 

Development Foundation, Maine

 

 

·         Development Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education

 

 

 

 

 

Economic and Community Development, Department of

 

 

·            Administration – Economic and Community Development

 

 

·            Applied Technology Development Center System

 

 

·            Business Development

 

 

·            Communities for Maine’s Future Fund

 

 

·            Community Development Block Grant Program

 

 

·            International Commerce

 

 

·            Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development Program

 

 

·            Maine Economic Development Evaluation Fund

 

 

·            Maine Economic Growth Council

 

 

·            Maine Research and Development Evaluation Fund

 

 

·            Maine Small Business and Entrepreneurship Commission

 

 

·            Maine State Film Office

 

 

·            Office of Innovation

 

 

·            Office of Tourism

 

 

·            Renewable Energy Resources Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Finance Authority of Maine

 

 

·            Clean Fuel Vehicle Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Foundation for Blood Research

 

 

·         Scienceworks for ME

 

 

 

 

 

Housing Authority, Maine State

 

 

·         Housing Authority – State

 

 

·         Low-Income Home Energy Assistance – MSHA

 

 

·         Maine Energy, Housing and Economic Recovery Program

 

 

·         Shelter Operating Subsidy

 

 

 

 

 

Labor, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Bureau of Labor Standards

 

 

·         Administration – Labor

 

 

·         Blind and Visually Impaired – Division for the

 

 

·         Employment Security Services

 

 

·         Employment Services Activity

 

 

·         Foreign Labor Certification Process Fund

 

 

·         Governor’s Training Initiative Program

 

 

·         Labor Relations Board

 

 

·         Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community

 

 

·         Migrant and Immigrant Services

 

 

·         Regulation and Enforcement

 

 

·         Rehabilitation Services

 

 

·         Safety Education and Training Programs

 

 

 

 


 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development):

 

March 23rd

continued

Mixed Martial Arts Authority of Maine

 

 

·         Mixed Martial Arts Reserve Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Professional and Financial Regulation, Department of

 

 

·      Administrative Services – Professional and Financial Regulation

 

 

·      Dental Examiners – Board of

 

 

·      Engineers – Board of Registration for Professional

 

 

·      Licensing and Enforcement

 

 

·      Licensure in Medicine – Board of

 

 

·      Manufactured Housing Board

 

 

·      Nursing – Board of

 

 

·      Optometry – Board of

 

 

·      Osteopathic Licensure – Board of

 

 

 

 

 

Public Safety, Department of

 

 

·         Bureau of Building Codes and Standards

 


To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committees on Insurance and Financial Services: 

 

March 24th

1:00 pm

Administrative and Financial Services, Department of

 

 

·         Accident – Sickness – Health Insurance

 

 

·         Trade Adjustment Assistance Health Insurance

 

 

 

 

 

Dirigo Health

 

 

·         Dirigo Health Fund

 

 

·         Language (Part “BBB” – reduces access payments to support the cost of the agency on July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2012 and eliminates the payment on July 1, 2013) This language part was revised by the Governor’s Office

 

 

 

 

 

Professional and Financial Regulation, Department of

 

 

·         Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection

 

 

·         Financial Institutions – Bureau of

 

 

·         Insurance – Bureau of

 

 

·         Office of Securities

 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources): 

 

March 28th

10:00 am

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

 

 

·         Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Lobster Promotion Council

 

 

·         Lobster Promotion Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Marine Resources, Department of

 

 

·         Bureau of Resource Management

 

 

·         Division of Community Resource Development

 

 

·         Office of the Commissioner

 

 

·         Marine Patrol, Bureau of

 

 

·         Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat

 


 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation):

 

March 28th

1:00 pm

Public Safety, Department of

 

 

·         State Police

 

 

·         Traffic Safety-Commercial Vehicle Enforcement

 

 

·         Turnpike Enforcement

 

 

·         Language (Part “CCC” – authorizes the Department to enter into financing arrangements for the acquisition of State Police motor vehicles)

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary of State, Department of

 

 

·         Administration – Motor Vehicles

 

 

·         Municipal Excise Tax Reimbursement Fund

 

 

·         Language (Part “ DDD” – renames the Motor Vehicle Contingency Account – Building program)

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation, Department of

 

 

·         Language (Part “G” – Authorizes the transfer of $20,000,000 from the General Fund to the Highway Fund)

 

 

·         Language (Part “R” – repeals the annual indexing of the excise tax imposed on internal combustion fuel and distillates)

 

 

·         Language (Part “EEE” – transfers funds from the General Fund for  litigation support related to the  Callahan Mine Restoration)

 

 

 

 


(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology):

 

March 28th

2:30 pm

Efficiency Maine Trust

 

 

·         Conservation Administration Fund

 

 

·         Conservation Program Fund

 

 

·         Efficiency Maine Trust

 

 

·         Energy and Carbon Savings Trust Fund

 

 

·         Energy Conservation Small Business Revolving Loan Fund

 

 

·         Heating Fuels Efficiency and Weatherization Fund

 

 

·         Natural Gas Conservation Fund

 

 

·         Renewable Resource Fund

 

 

·         Solar Rebate Program Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Department

 

 

·         Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security

 

 

·         Public Advocate

 

 

 

 

 

Public Utilities Commission

 

 

·         Emergency Services Communication Bureau

 

 

·         Oversight and Evaluation Fund

 

 

·         Public Utilities – Administrative Division

 


 

(To be held in conjunction with the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife):

 

March 29th

1:00 pm

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Department of

 

 

·         Administrative Services – IF&W

 

 

·         ATV Safety and Educational Program

 

 

·         Boating Access Sites

 

 

·         Endangered Nongame Operations

 

 

·         Enforcement Operations – IF&W

 

 

·         Fisheries and Hatcheries Operations

 

 

·         Licensing Services – IF&W

 

 

·         Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund

 

 

·         Office of the Commissioner – IF&W

 

 

·         Public Information and Education, Division of

 

 

·         Resource Management Services – IF&W

 

 

·         Search and Rescue

 

 

·         Sport Hunter Program

 

 

·         Support Landowners Program

 

 

·         Waterfowl Habitat Acquisition and Management

 

 

·         Whitewater Rafting – IF&W

 

 

·         Whitewater Rafting Fund

 

 

·         Language (Part “GG” – transfer funds from the General Fund carrying balances to the Enforcement Operations program for a specified purpose)

 

 

·         Language (Part “HH” – suspends the application of the fiscal stability program)

 


(To be heard by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs): 

 

March 29th

2:30 pm

Law and Legislative Reference Library

 

 

 

 

 

Legislature

 

 

·         Interstate Cooperation, Commission on

 

 

·         Legislative Apportionment Commission

 

 

·         Legislature

 

 

·         State House and Capitol Park Commission

 

 

·         Study Commissions – Funding

 

 

 

 

 

Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, Office of

 

 

 

 

 

State House Preservation and Maintenance, Reserve Fund for