Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 05/28/2019 (Plain Text Version)
In this issue:
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 28th
The Maine Legislature is in full swing, with over 1760 bills printed. As we approach statutory adjournment date (June 19th), public hearings and work sessions are beginning to tail off while voting on bills increases. There's still work to do on the MMA Legislative Calls. The next call will be Tuesday, May 28th, at 8 p.m.
MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.
The last MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the First Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, May 28th, at 8:00 p.m.
Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are
strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other
staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is
welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls. To date the Legislature has printed approximately 1700 bills, and as the deadline for committee consideration is approaching the number of bills printed each week is beginning to dwindle. While that makes the work of the legislative call shorter, it also allows for more in-depth discussion of significant matters.
Please use the following conference call number and passcode. These will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.
Conference call number: 1-603-766-5646
Participant ID - 699139#
The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to discuss the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour.
The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed
last week. (For those not familiar with the term, a "concept draft" is a bill that contains only a title and a brief description of what it is intended to do. It does not contain the actual bill text.) We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk
May 28, 2019
LD 1786, An Act To Update Maine's Sales Prohibition on Upholstered Furniture Treated with Flame-retardant Chemicals. Aligns Maine with California standards for flame retardant chemical treatment as of January 1, 2020. (Current ME maximum is 0.1% maximum; CA maximum is 1000 ppm. Same concentration.)