Legislation relating to Maine Libraries

Maine State Legislation relating to libraries

LD 256, An Act To Ensure Continued Availability of High-speed Broadband
Internet at Maine's Schools and Libraries

The MTEAF statute would be changed to specify a set amount to be collected to support MSLN,
rather than capping funding at a percentage of revenues that vary over time. The actual percentage
would be adjusted each year to ensure collection of this amount. This legislation also includes a request that the PUC investigate alternative ways to collect this funding: many telecommunications providers believe the current method places an inequitable burden on landline providers.

LD 13, An Act To Provide an Exemption from Sales Tax and Service Provider Tax to Nonprofit Collaboratives of Libraries

Provides an exemption from sales tax and service provider tax for certain nonprofit library collaboratives, such as Maine InfoNet. Although the bill was vetoed, language from legislation became part of the 2016-2017 Biennial General Fund Budget Proposal.

LD 344, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Confidentiality of Library Records

This bill expands upon existing laws pertaining to library confidentiality to specify that personally identifying information about the library patron is confidential. It also adds language to the statute permitting the confidential information to be released to officers, employees, volunteers and agents of the library for administrative purposes. It further clarifies that a library may publish and release as a public record aggregated and statistical information about library use if the confidentiality of a library patron's personally identifying information is not jeopardized.

LD 344 was enacted by the legislature and signed into law as P.L. 2015, Ch 81. The law does not go into effect until 90 days after adjournment of the 127th Legislature (TBA in Fall 2015).

Frequently Asked Questions about Library Confidentiality Law

Governor Paul LePage's 2016-2017 Biennial General Fund Budget Proposal

Provides funding to support the continued work of the library’s early childhood literacy consultant, Shannon Schinagl and creates a position that would work part time at the Maine State Library to support statewide digitization efforts.

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