Maine LD 1157: An Act To Protect Preemployment Credit Privacy

LD 1157 (subjects: EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES , HIRING )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1157&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Scott Hamann of South Portland: (D – District 32) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

5 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/31/2015 House Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/1/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Volk of Cumberland, REFERRED to the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, in concurrence.
5/29/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative HERBIG of Belfast TABLED pending ACCEPTANCE of Either Report.

Later today assigned.
5/29/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/1/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
On motion of Representative HERBIG of Belfast, the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-213) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-213).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/3/2015 Senate Reports READ
Senator VOLK of Cumberland moved to Accept the Majority Ought Not To Pass , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Roll Call Ordered
On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending Motion by Senator VOLK of Cumberland to ACCEPT the Majority Ought Not To Pass Report , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
6/3/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
Subsequently, On motion by Senator VOLK of Cumberland the Majority Ought Not To Pass Report ACCEPTED , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 128 20 Yeas – 15 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/3/2015 House The House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report and PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-213).
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/4/2015 Senate On motion by Senator VOLK of Cumberland The Senate INSISTED To ACCEPTANCE of the Majority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Protect Preemployment Credit Privacy

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 26 MRSA 600-A is enacted to read:

600-A. Use of credit reports

1. Prohibition. An employer or an agent of an employer may not request or use as part of any hiring process or decision information regarding a prospective employee’s creditworthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, debts or check-writing experience.
2. Exceptions. This section does not apply to the request of an employer or an agent of an employer in the following circumstances:

A. When the job for which the prospective employee is applying requires management of the company’s finances or a customer’s financial assets;
B. When the employer is in the financial services industry; or
C. When the employer is otherwise required by law to obtain this information.

3. Penalty. An employer or agent of an employer who violates this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for each violation may be adjudged. The director shall enforce this section.

summary

This bill prohibits employers from obtaining information regarding the creditworthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, debts or check-writing experience of a prospective employee as part of the hiring process or decision. There are exceptions from this prohibition in the bill for circumstances in which the job requires management of the company’s finances or a customer’s financial assets, the employer is in the financial services industry or the employer is otherwise required by law to obtain this information. Violation of this prohibition is a civil violation for which a fine from $500 to $1,000 for each violation may be adjudged. The prohibition is enforced by the Director of Labor Standards within the Department of Labor.

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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