Maine LD 1364: An Act To Expand Opportunities for Economic Development in Maine

LD 1364 (subjects: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , JOB OPPORTUNITY ZONES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1364&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Andre Cushing of Penobscot: (R – District 10) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

7 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
4/23/2015 Senate Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Volk of Cumberland REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/23/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/8/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator VOLK of Cumberland Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
Unfinished Business
6/9/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/10/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/11/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/12/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President ProTem
On motion by Senator VOLK of Cumberland The Minority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 219 19 Yeas – 16 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (S-198) READ and ADOPTED Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME
On motion by Senator VOLK of Cumberland Senate Amendment “A” (S-234) READ and ADOPTED
PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-198) AND Senate Amendment “A” (S-234)
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/15/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative HERBIG of Belfast, the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 247
(Yeas 80 – Nays 66 – Absent 5 – Excused 0)
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/15/2015 Senate On motion by Senator VOLK of Cumberland The Senate INSISTED To ACCEPTANCE of the Minority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report AND PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-198) and Senate Amendment “A” (S-234) , in NON-CONCURRENCE
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/15/2015 House The House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Expand Opportunities for Economic Development in Maine

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

Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA 5250-I, sub- 18, as amended by PL 2005, c. 351, 4 and affected by 26, is further amended to read:

18. Qualified Pine Tree Development Zone employees. “Qualified Pine Tree Development Zone employees” means new, full-time employees hired in this State by a qualified Pine Tree Development Zone business for work directly in one or more qualified business activities for whom a retirement program subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 United States Code, Sections 101 to 1461, as amended, and group health insurance are is provided and whose income derived from employment within the Pine Tree Development Zone, calculated on a calendar year basis, is greater than the most recent annual per capita personal income in the county in which the qualified employee is employed average weekly wage for the most recent available calendar year as derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages and provided annually by the Department of Labor. The calculation of the average weekly wage must include data from the counties of Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo and Washington. In a county where the average annual unemployment rate at the time of certification for the most recent calendar year is greater than the state average for that same year, the wage threshold is 90% of the average weekly wage as derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. “Qualified Pine Tree Development Zone employees” does not include employees shifted to a qualified business activity from a nonqualified activity of the qualified Pine Tree Development Zone business or an affiliated business. The commissioner shall determine whether a shifting of employees has occurred.

Sec. 2. 30-A MRSA 5250-I, sub- 18-A is enacted to read:

18-A. Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. “Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages” means the comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers produced by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program, a cooperative program involving the federal Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state employment security agencies.

Sec. 3. 30-A MRSA 5250-I, sub- 23, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 21, 3, is repealed.

Sec. 4. 30-A MRSA 5250-I, sub- 24, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 21, 4, is repealed.

Sec. 5. 30-A MRSA 5250-J, sub- 4-A, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 21, 5, is amended to read:

4-A. Catastrophic occurrence; benefits. A qualified Pine Tree Development Zone business whose primary purpose is to support the State???s working waterfront industry may apply for an adjustment of the base level of employment or an extension of its certification period by no more than 2 years, or both, as described in this section, if it meets the following criteria:

A. It is located on a working waterfront in a Pine Tree Development Zone;
B. It has sustained at least a 5% loss of employed workers due to a catastrophic occurrence; and
C. It has appropriate infrastructure and zoning or other land use regulations in place.

For the purposes of this section and calculation of Pine Tree Development Zone benefits in section 5250-I, subsection 14, the base level of employment may be adjusted to mean 25% of the average number of employees of that business over the 3 months immediately preceding the catastrophic occurrence. A qualified business must apply for an adjustment of the base level of employment or for an extension of certification in accordance with this subsection within 16 24 months of the catastrophic occurrence. Applications pursuant to this subsection must be received by August 1, 2011. To apply for an extension of certification, the qualified business shall submit a written request for an extension to the department, which may, after consultation with the Governor, grant the extension of certification.

Sec. 6. 36 MRSA 6753, sub- 12, as amended by PL 2009, c. 434, 82, is further amended to read:

12. Qualified employee. “Qualified employee” means a new, full-time employee hired in this State by a qualified business, for whom a retirement program subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 United States Code, Chapter 18 and group health insurance are is provided, and whose income derived from employment with the applicant, calculated on a calendar year basis, is greater than the most recent annual per capita personal income in the county in which the qualified employee is employed average weekly wage for the most recent available calendar year as derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages and provided annually by the Department of Labor, as long as Maine income tax withholding attributed to the qualified employee is subject to reimbursement to the qualified business under this chapter. “Qualified employee” does not include an employee who is shifted to a qualified business from an affiliated business. The commissioner shall determine whether a shifting of employees has occurred. The calculation of the average weekly wage must include data from the counties of Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo and Washington. In a county where the average annual unemployment rate at the time of certification for the most recent calendar year is greater than the state average for that same year, the wage threshold is 90% of the average weekly wage as derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. “Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages” means the comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers produced by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program, a cooperative program involving the federal Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state employment security agencies.

Summary

This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing Pine Tree Development Zones.

1. Current law authorizes Pine Tree Development Zone businesses whose primary purpose is to support the State’s working waterfront to apply for adjustments based on a catastrophic occurrence. This bill eliminates the restriction that the business be within the working waterfront industry, and allows such affected businesses to apply for an extension of their certification period of up to 2 years. This bill authorizes the Department of Economic and Community Development, after consultation with the Governor, to grant extensions of certification.

2. Current law defines a qualified Pine Tree Development Zone employee as an employee for whom group health insurance is provided. This bill eliminates the requirement that group health insurance be provided.

3. Current law defines a qualified Pine Tree Development Zone employee as one whose income is greater than the most recent annual per capita personal income in the county in which the qualified employee is employed. Under this bill, the income of a qualified employee is greater than the average weekly wage for the most recent calendar year as derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. The calculation of the average weekly wage must include data from the counties of Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo and Washington.

4. It amends the laws governing employment tax increment financing reimbursement to reflect the revised definition of “qualified employee” under the Pine Tree Development Zone laws.

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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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