Maine LD 722: An Act To Strengthen Penalties for Abuse of General Assistance

LD 722 (subjects: GENERAL ASSISTANCE , FRAUD )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=722&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support | In The News


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Eric Brakey of Androscoggin: (R – District 20) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

6 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/5/2015 Senate Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/10/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/9/2015 Senate Report READ On motion by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE of the OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report
6/10/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/11/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/12/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/15/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/17/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/17/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
6/18/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President ProTem
Subsequently, The Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 301 34 Yeas – 0 Nays- 1 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (S-204) READ and ADOPTED
Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED by Committee Amendment “A” (S-204)
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/19/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-204).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/22/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 324
(Yeas 145 – Nays 2 – Absent 4 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/22/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 722 as originally introduced. L.D. 722 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-204) .

An Act To Strengthen Penalties for Abuse of General Assistance

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

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA 4315, first , as amended by PL 1993, c. 410, Pt. AAA, 9, is further amended to read:

Whoever knowingly and willfully makes any false representation of a material fact to the overseer of any municipality or to the department or its agents for the purpose of causing that or any other person to be granted assistance by the municipality or by the State shall reimburse the municipality for that assistance, is ineligible for assistance for a period of the longer of 120 days and until that reimbursement is made and is guilty of a Class E crime.

Sec. 2. 22 MRSA 4315, 3rd , as amended by PL 1993, c. 410, Pt. AAA, 9, is further amended to read:

If the fair hearing officer finds that a recipient made a false representation to the overseer in violation of this section, that recipient is required to reimburse the municipality for any assistance rendered for which that recipient was ineligible and is ineligible from receiving further assistance for a period of the longer of 120 days and until that reimbursement is made.

summary

This bill provides that a person who makes a false representation of a material fact to obtain municipal general assistance is ineligible to receive further assistance for a period of the longer of 120 days and until that reimbursement is made. Current law provides for a period of ineligibility of 120 days.

Patterns of Support

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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.


In The News…

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This information about LD 722 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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