Maine LD 566: An Act To Protect Individuals from Breaches of Trust by Clergy Members

LD 566 (subjects: CRIMES , SEX OFFENSES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=566&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Stacey Guerin of Glenburn: (R – District 102) — e-mail | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/26/2015 House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/26/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Rosen of Hancock, REFERRED to the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, in concurrence.
5/5/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
On OBJECTION of Representative FREDETTE of Newport REMOVED.
The Committee Report was READ.
On motion of Representative FREDETTE of Newport, TABLED pending ACCEPTANCE of the Committee Report.

Later today assigned.
5/5/2015 House Unfinished Business
5/6/2015 House Unfinished Business
5/7/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
On motion of Representative GUERIN of Glenburn the Bill and accompanying papers were INDEFINITELY POSTPONED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/12/2015 Senate Report READ and REJECTED
Bill and accompanying papers INDEFINITELY POSTPONED , in concurrence.
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Protect Individuals from Breaches of Trust by Clergy Members

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

Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA 255-A, sub- 1, W and X, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 423, 6, are amended to read:

W. The actor is employed to provide care to a dependent person, who is not the actor’s spouse or domestic partner and who is unable to perform self-care because of advanced age or physical or mental disease, disorder or defect. For the purposes of this paragraph, “domestic partners” means 2 unmarried adults who are domiciled together under a long-term arrangement that evidences a commitment to remain responsible indefinitely for each other’s welfare. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime; or
X. The actor is employed to provide care to a dependent person, who is not the actor’s spouse or domestic partner and who is unable to perform self-care because of advanced age or physical or mental disease, disorder or defect and the sexual contact includes penetration. For the purposes of this paragraph, “domestic partners” means 2 unmarried adults who are domiciled together under a long-term arrangement that evidences a commitment to remain responsible indefinitely for each other’s welfare. Violation of this paragraph is a Class C crime . ; or

Sec. 2. 17-A MRSA 255-A, sub- 1, Y is enacted to read:

Y. The actor is a member of the clergy, including a priest, rabbi, Christian Science healer, imam or minister of any religious denomination, who within the past year has provided, in private counseling, religious or spiritual advice, aid or comfort to the other person, who is not the actor’s spouse or domestic partner. A religious institution that is the employer or superior of a member of the clergy who violates this paragraph is not civilly liable to the other person unless institutional negligence has been established. For the purposes of this paragraph, “domestic partner” means one of 2 unmarried adults who are domiciled together under a long-term arrangement that evidences a commitment to remain responsible indefinitely for each other’s welfare. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime.

summary

This bill makes unlawful any sexual contact by a clergy member with an individual to whom the clergy member within the past year has provided, in private counseling, religious or spiritual advice, aid or comfort.

Patterns of Support

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