• An Act to PROHIBIT THE SALE OF ENERGY DRINKS TO MINORS (LD753; sponsored by Democratic representative Katherine Cassidy of Lubec; divided report from Committee on Health and Human Services) No more Monsters for teens — this bill would prohibit the sale to minors of soft drinks that contain 80 or more milligrams of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces.
• An Act to CREATE AN ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTRY (LD1289; sponsored by Democratic representative Elizabeth Dickerson of Rockland) This bill would require a person convicted of animal cruelty under Maine's criminal law or a comparable offense in another state to register annually as an animal abuser with the county sheriff for a period of 15 years; the registry would be publicly accessible.
• An Act to PROHIBIT SALE OR POSSESSION OF SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS (LD661; sponsored by Democratic representative Adam Goode of Bangor; Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety work session May 10) Everyone knows about Diane Russell's bill (LD1229) that would regulate and tax marijuana. This one tackles "synthetic cannabinoids," commonly known as "spice" or "K2," listing them as a schedule Z drug (like marijuana).
• An Act REGARDING INFORMED CONSENT TO AN ABORTION (LD760; sponsored by Republican representative Eleanor Espling of New Gloucester; Judiciary Committee hearing May 16) This and two other bills constricting reproductive rights will be considered at a public hearing next week; while Maine law already requires that a woman seeking an abortion be told, in writing, specific information such as the number of weeks elapsed from the time of conception and the risks associated with the abortion, this bill specifies that the woman must also be told orally.
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