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L.D. 1616 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 05/22/17
An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Section 1 corrects a clerical error. Section 2 corrects a numbering problem created by Public Law 2015, chapters 468 and 472, which enacted 2 substantively different provisions with the same section number. Section 3 makes a change to reflect a change in budget nomenclature and practice. Section 4 corrects a conflict created by Public Law 2015, chapters 410 and 443, which affected the same provision of law, by incorporating the changes made by both laws. Sections 5, 6 and 7 correct a numbering problem created by Public Law 2015, chapters 410 and 443, which enacted 2 substantively different provisions with the same paragraph letter, and make a technical change. Sections 8, 9, 10 and 11 correct a numbering problem created by Public Law 2015, chapters 410 and 443, which enacted 2 substantively different provisions with the same paragraph letter, and make technical changes. Section 12 corrects the name of a professional board. Section 13 changes a reference to the Commissioner of Business Regulation to the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation and corrects grammatical errors. Section 14 makes technical corrections. Section 15 corrects a grammatical error. Section 16 corrects a clerical error. Sections 17, 18 and 19 correct a numbering problem created by Public Law 2015, chapters 410 and 443, which enacted 2 substantively different provisions with the same paragraph letter, and make a technical change. Sections 20, 21 and 22 correct a numbering problem created by Public Law 2015, chapters 410 and 443, which enacted 2 substantively different provisions with the same paragraph letter, and make a technical change. Sections 23, 24, 25 and 26 correct a numbering problem created by Public Law 2015, chapters 410 and 443, which enacted 2 substantively different provisions with the same paragraph letter, and make technical changes. Section 27 corrects a grammatical error. Section 28 corrects a grammatical error. Section 29 removes an incorrect cross-reference. Section 30 corrects a clerical error. Section 31 corrects cross-references to clarify that the cross-references are to former sections of law and corrects grammatical errors. Section 32 corrects a grammatical error. Section 33 removes a cross-reference to a provision that is repealed. Sections 34 and 35 correct cross-references and grammatical errors. Section 36 corrects cross-references and makes a grammatical correction. Section 37 corrects a grammatical error. Section 38 corrects a grammatical error. Section 39 corrects a cross-reference. Section 40 corrects a clerical error. Section 41 corrects a cross-reference to Title 36, section 5219-NN as enacted by Public Law 2015, chapter 490, section 8, which is reallocated in this bill to section 5219-OO. Section 42 makes a technical correction. Section 43 makes a technical correction. Section 44 corrects gender-specific language and makes grammatical changes. Section 45 corrects gender-specific language, makes grammatical changes and corrects a clerical error. Section 46 changes a reference to "Korean Campaign" to "Korean Conflict." Section 47 corrects a clerical error. Section 48 makes technical corrections and a grammatical change. Section 49 makes a technical correction. Section 50 makes a technical correction. Section 51 corrects a clerical error. Section 52 corrects a clerical error. Section 53 makes a technical change. Section 54 changes a reference to "income tax years" to "tax years." Section 55 corrects a cross-reference. Section 56 corrects a conflict created by Public Law 2015, chapters 490 and 494, which affected the same provision of law, by incorporating the changes made by both laws and makes a technical change. Sections 57 and 58 correct a numbering problem created by Public Law 2015, chapters 388 and 490, which enacted 2 substantively different provisions with the same paragraph letter, make a technical change and correct a cross-reference. Section 59 corrects a conflict created by Public Law 2015, chapters 482 and 494, which affected the same provision of law, by repealing the provision and replacing it with the chapter 482 version. Sections 60 and 61 correct a numbering problem created by Public Law 2015, chapters 388, 490 and 503, which enacted 3 substantively different provisions with the same section number. Section 62 makes a technical correction. Section 63 corrects a clerical error. Section 64 corrects a clerical error.

L.D. 1603 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/06/17
An Act To Provide Flexibility for Education Technology Programs in Maine Schools
This bill adds education technology grants to the list of eligible uses for the funds transferred from the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools account to the Learning Through Technology General Fund account.

L.D. 1578 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/09/17
An Act Regarding Educational Standards for Maine Students
This bill accomplishes the following with regard to the statewide content standards, statewide assessment programs and the comparison of recent and proposed content standards and statewide assessment programs. With regard to content standards, the bill:
  1. Prohibits the Department of Education from adopting and implementing the common core state standards, or any standards developed by any similar initiative process or program, as the State's content standards for English language arts and mathematics and voids any prior actions taken to adopt or implement the common core state standards;
  2. Requires the Department of Education, within 90 days after the bill's effective date, to replace the content standards in English language arts and mathematics with new standards that are consistent with the standards adopted by Massachusetts prior to that state's adoption of the common core state standards so that Maine's standards are, as much as possible, identical to those adopted by Massachusetts, except when a Maine context requires otherwise;
  3. Specifies that the content standards that are based on the Massachusetts standards are effective for the 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years only;
  4. Requires the Department of Education, by June 30, 2019, to adopt new content standards for kindergarten and for each of grades 1 to 12 in English language arts and mathematics that are distinct and independent from the standards previously adopted by the Department of Education so that they are in place beginning with the 2021-2022 school year;
  5. States that a school administrative unit is not required to use all or any part of the content standards adopted by the Department of Education;
  6. Prohibits the Commissioner of Education from adopting any model curricula that are aligned with the content standards; and
  7. Prohibits the Department of Education, the State Board of Education and any other state official, board or agency from adopting or revising any content standards in English language arts or mathematics until the new or revised standards are approved in accordance with the bill.
With regard to assessments, the bill:
  1. For the 2017-2018 school year, requires the Department of Education to furnish and school administrative units and schools to administer the assessments for elementary and secondary schools that were administered during the 2013-2014 school year, including the New England Common Assessment Program for grades 3 to 8 and the Maine High School Assessment testing program for grade 11 that includes the SATs in reading, mathematics and writing;
  2. Requires the Department of Education to adopt or develop, not later than 90 days after the effective date of the bill, assessments for elementary and secondary schools in English language arts and mathematics that are aligned with the State's version of Massachusetts content standards for use only during the 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years; and
  3. Requires the Department of Education to adopt or develop by June 30, 2021 assessments for elementary and secondary schools in English language arts and mathematics that are aligned with the new content standards for use during the 2021-2022 school year and each school year thereafter.
With regard to the comparison of standards and assessments, the bill:
  1. Requires the Department of Education to compare and publish on its website a comparison of the new content standards in English language arts and mathematics that will be effective in the 2021-2022 school year with Maine's state standards and the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements and to submit a report to the Legislature and Governor outlining the results of the comparison of the standards; and
  2. Requires the committees in the content areas of English language arts and mathematics to compare the content standards in English language arts and mathematics with the content standards that were previously adopted by the Department of Education pursuant to Public Law 2009, chapter 313, section 19 and Public Law 2009, chapter 647, section 1.

L.D. 1576 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 05/04/17
An Act To Enable Earlier Introduction of Career and Technical Education in Maine Schools
This bill amends the career and technical education laws to enable career and technical education programs to serve students in grades 6 to 8.

L.D. 1569 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/19/17
An Act To Revise Certification Statutes for Educational Personnel
This bill amends the laws governing the credentialing process for teachers, educational specialists and administrators, and replaces references to the certification, authorization and approval of teachers and educational personnel with references to credentialing teachers and educational personnel.

L.D. 1564 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 05/01/17
An Act To Conform State Law to Federal Law While Promoting Safe Working Environments for Minors
This bill amends laws relating to minors 14 and 15 years of age to allow them to work in bowling alleys and movie theaters and to clarify their employment in bakeries, hotels and rooming houses. It updates a provision regarding work permits for minors by deleting language dealing with triplicate permits and a master permit system and allowing for use of electronic permit submission and approval. It moves the occupational restrictions for minors 16 and 17 years of age to the section with occupational restrictions for minors 14 and 15 years of age. It also clarifies that graduates of vocational programs who are under 18 years of age can work in the occupations for which they were trained.

L.D. 1562 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 05/01/17
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Capitalize a Career and Technical Revolving Equipment and Renovation Fund
The funds provided by the bond issue in Part A, in the amount of $10,000,000, will be used to capitalize a career and technical revolving equipment and renovation fund to purchase equipment for and make capital improvements to state career and technical education centers and regions. Part B establishes the Maine Career and Technical Education Finance Program to promote efficient capital financing activities for the equipment for and renovation and repair of career and technical education facilities. It also establishes the Career and Technical Education Revolving Fund to support local efforts related to the program.

L.D. 1556 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/05/17
An Act To Protect Children from Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure
Currently, certain mandated reporters of child abuse are required to report to the Department of Health and Human Services when they know or suspect that an infant had been exposed to drugs or alcohol prior to birth. This bill extends that mandate to all mandated reporters of child abuse, adds substance abuse addiction treatment providers to the list of mandated reporters and requires all mandated reporters to report to the Department of Health and Human Services not only after the birth of an infant but when they know of or suspect substance abuse by a woman during her pregnancy.

L.D. 1555 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/01/17
An Act To Facilitate a Statewide Teacher Contract
This bill allows a public employer of teachers to designate the State as its representative in collective bargaining negotiations for the purpose of encouraging consistent teacher contracts statewide.

L.D. 1531 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/08/17
An Act To Amend Education Statutes
This bill:
  1. Specifies that the Maine School for Marine Science, Technology, Transportation and Engineering does not count towards the limit of 10 public charter schools set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 2405, subsection 9;
  2. Specifies that the Maine Charter School Commission is responsible for the oversight of the Maine School for Marine Science, Technology, Transportation and Engineering;
  3. Provides that state funding for the Maine School for Marine Science, Technology, Transportation and Engineering must be provided using the method established for public charter schools that are authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission;
  4. Replaces the so-called declining enrollment adjustment to the calculation of essential programs and services;
  5. Repeals the authority of the Commissioner of Education to expend and disburse funds for school improvement and support, implementation of performance evaluation and professional growth systems and learning results implementation, assessment and accountability;
  6. Provides funding and authority for the commissioner to expend and disburse funds through a competitive grant process to establish pilot programs that would benefit students in public schools in the fields of science, computer science, technology, engineering and mathematics;
  7. Provides funding and authority for the commissioner to expend and disburse funds to provide training for identification and intervention services for children with autism; and
  8. Corrects cross-references.

L.D. 1528 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/01/17
An Act To Validate Certain Proceedings Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds and Notes of Regional School Unit No. 5
This bill validates the referendum votes of Regional School Unit No. 5 conducted on January 10, 2017 to authorize gifts and other funding sources, including bonds, for a track and field project. Regional School Unit No. 5 conducted a public hearing on December 7, 2016, prior to that referendum. The regional school unit provided notification of the public hearing by posting a notice of public hearing in each town for 6 days prior to the hearing, instead of 7 days prior to the public hearing as required by law, which created a legal technicality that affects the marketability of the bonds to be issued for the track and field project in Regional School Unit No. 5.

L.D. 1518 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/16/17
An Act To Formalize the Governance of the Maine Educational and Attainment Research Navigation System, a Longitudinal Data Series for Workforce Information
This bill establishes in statute the Maine Educational and Attainment Research Navigation System, a longitudinal data series of education and training outcomes, within the Department of Labor and creates the Maine Educational and Attainment Research Navigation System Executive Council to provide oversight. It repeals the provisions establishing the State Education and Employment Outcomes Task Force, which currently develops procedures for the data series.

L.D. 1509 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 04/25/17
An Act To Prohibit Retired State Employees and Teachers from Returning to Work While Collecting Retirement Benefits
This bill prohibits retired state employees or retired teachers from returning to employment after retirement, either as a state employee or as a teacher, while collecting retirement benefits from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. This prohibition does not apply to retired state employees or retired teachers who are hired as independent contractors pursuant to a service contract lasting less than one year or as a substitute teacher.

L.D. 1483 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/14/17
An Act To Safeguard Student Contact Information Provided to Schools
This bill prohibits a school administrative unit or school or a representative of a school administrative unit or school from using contact information of a student or student's parent or guardian to advance any campaign as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, section 1052, subsection 1. The bill also makes that contact information part of the student's education record.

L.D. 1471 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/23/17
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Deduction for MaineCare Payments from a School Administrative Unit's State Subsidy
Under current law, the Commissioner of Education is authorized to pay on behalf of a school administrative unit allowable school-based costs that represent the school administrative unit's portion of MaineCare payments. Current law also provides that the commissioner may then deduct that amount from the school administrative unit's state subsidy. This bill changes the law to require the commissioner to make payments from a nonlapsing account capitalized in an amount estimated by the commissioner to represent the total amount of allowable school-based costs representing the MaineCare payments of all of the school administrative units.

L.D. 1470 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/14/17
An Act To Facilitate Voluntary Cooperation among School Systems
This bill enacts chapter 113-B in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A to facilitate voluntary collaboration and cooperation among school administrative units and career and technical education regions. It repeals chapter 113-A, "Regional Education Cooperatives," and chapter 114, "Regional Collaboration," and enacts a statute modeled on Title 30-A, chapter 115, "Interlocal Cooperation." Under this new chapter, school administrative units and career and technical education regions are authorized to exercise any of their powers on a joint or cooperative basis, including the undertaking of joint school construction projects and the issuance of bonds or notes.

L.D. 1452 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
An Act To Ensure Student Privacy in the Digital Age
This bill:
  1. Establishes data privacy practices for the Department of Education, school administrative units, schools, other agencies and 3rd parties handling protected student data;
  2. Subject to rule-making authority granted to the State Board of Education, requires administrative, physical and technical safeguards to be implemented to protect the privacy and integrity of protected student data;
  3. Requires written consent by a parent or guardian of a student or by a student 18 years of age or older to share the student's personally identifiable information, with protections when no consent is required;
  4. Subjects research using student personally identifiable information to student privacy protections;
  5. Provides requirements for the minimization of and prohibitions on, the collection of certain information without consent;
  6. Establishes the right of a parent or guardian of a student or a student 18 years of age or older to inspect the student's personally identifiable information and make corrections for inaccuracies or misleading data;
  7. Ensures the effectiveness of privacy protections of students by establishing the position of a state education privacy officer within the Department of Education who is responsible to the State Board of Education;
  8. Establishes a private right of action including civil penalties and damages against 3rd parties for failure to adequately protect student personally identifiable information or protected student data against the department, school administrative units or schools, except under specific circumstances; and
  9. Requires the provisions of this Act be implemented by routine technical rules prior to October 31, 2018 and any rules adopted after the effective date of this Act on July 1, 2019 be major substantive rules.

L.D. 1434 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
An Act To Clarify the Laws Regarding Education in the Unorganized Territories
This bill clarifies the following state laws related to education in the unorganized territories.
  1. It requires the Department of Education to collect and publish academic outcome data for any public school located in an unorganized territory. The data must be collected and published in accordance with existing kindergarten to grade 12 educational reporting guidelines.
  2. It requires the Department of Education to develop and publish budget data for any public school located in an unorganized territory. The data must be collected and published in accordance with existing kindergarten to grade 12 educational reporting guidelines.
  3. It eliminates the Commissioner of Education's power to appoint agents and special attendance officers in the unorganized territories and requires that the Department of Education contract for school administrative services for the unorganized territories with neighboring school administrative units.
  4. It provides that public schools located in unorganized territories are subject to the requirements of the system of learning results.

L.D. 1433 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 04/14/17
An Act To Protect Maine Children from Lung Cancer by Requiring Radon Testing in Schools
This bill requires school administrative units to test schools for radon every 5 years. If radon levels are above a certain level, the school administrative unit must take action to mitigate the affected areas. The school administrative unit must notify parents, faculty and staff of test results and must report test results to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services must report these results every 5 years to the Legislature and the Governor. The bill also requires school administrative units to build new schools using radon-resistant new construction techniques as recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

L.D. 1420 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/01/17
An Act Regarding Work Permits for Minors under 16 Years of Age
The purpose of this bill is to clarify the laws governing the employment of minors and to conform the State’s laws to federal law, thus expanding work opportunities for minors.
  1. It clarifies that minors who are younger than 14 years of age may be employed only in the planting, cultivating or harvesting of field crops, or other agricultural employment that does not place them in direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances.
  2. It conforms to federal law the hours that minors who are 16 and 17 years of age may work, by extending the permissible time until which such a minor may work on a day preceding a school day.
  3. It eliminates the prohibition on minors under 16 years of age working more than 6 consecutive days.
  4. Eliminates the prohibition on minors under 18 years of age working more than 50 hours per week when school is not in session.
  5. It specifies that the restrictions on the hours of employment of minors does not apply to:
  6. Agricultural employment that does not require direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances;
  7. Employment or training as a theatrical actor or a film actor;
  8. The taking or catching of lobsters, fish or other marine organisms, as long as the work does not require direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances; and
  9. At a business that is solely owned by the minor’s parent, as long as the work does not require direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances.
  10. It allows the parent or legal guardian of a minor under 16 years of age to sign a work permit for the minor and removes school superintendents from the work permit process. It requires copies of the minor's signed permit and proof of age to be kept at the minor's place of employment. It authorizes the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards to revoke a work permit.
  11. It maintains the authority of the bureau to revoke work permits if state or federal law has been violated.
  12. It repeals obsolete language dealing with triplicate permits and a master permit system.

L.D. 1416 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/09/17
An Act To Amend High School Diploma Standards
This bill amends the requirements for a high school diploma and adds new subjects to those requirements. It repeals the sunset and application provisions of the high school diploma standards in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 4722. It requires the Department of Education to adopt rules establishing pathways by which students may demonstrate achievement of high school diploma standards by documentation of college readiness assessment standardized test scores, combinations of GPA and academic and career indicators and advanced placement examinations and course grades.

L.D. 1415 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 04/12/17
An Act To Provide Additional Deductions from a Sentence of Imprisonment for Completion of Education, Mental Health Treatment and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
This bill provides for deductions from a prison sentence based on achievement of goals in a person's transition plan for educational, vocational, career or technical training programs or mental health treatment or substance abuse treatment programs for a person who commits a crime on or after October 1, 2017. The deductions are earned upon achievement of a transition plan goal and may not be denied or withdrawn based on consideration of disciplinary factors or daily attendance or a decision of an employee of the Department of Corrections. A person may earn only one deduction per sentence of imprisonment. The goals and the deductions are: for achievement of a high school equivalency diploma, a deduction of 90 days from the sentence; for achievement of an adult high school diploma, a deduction of 120 days; for achievement of an associate degree from an accredited institution of higher education, a deduction of 180 days; for achievement of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education, a deduction of 365 days; for achievement of completion of a vocational, career or technical training program authorized and approved by the department, a deduction of 60 days; for achievement of completion of a mental health program and treatment course, a deduction of 60 days; and for achievement of completion of a substance abuse program and treatment course, a deduction of 60 days.

L.D. 1396 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 04/12/17
An Act To Remove Certain Restrictions Imposed on Retired State Employees Who Return to Work as Educators
This bill amends the provisions of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System regarding compensation and service retirement benefits for retired state employees and retired teachers who return to service as classroom-based employees or school administrators in the following ways.
  1. It allows a retired state employee or retired teacher to be restored to service as a classroom-based employee or school administrator beyond the current 5-year limit.
  2. It removes the cap of 75% of compensation established for the position that the state employee or retired teacher is filling.
  3. It allows a retired state employee or retired teacher who returns to service as a classroom-based employee or school administrator to receive full retirement, health, dental and life insurance benefits as offered for the position to be filled and suspends the provisions of retiree health, dental and life insurance benefits for retired state employees or retired teachers during the period of reemployment.
  4. It retains the current provisions that a retired state employee or retired teacher who returns to service is not a member and therefore may not accrue additional creditable service or change the retired state employee's or retired teacher's earnable compensation for benefit calculation purposes.
  5. It requires full employee and employer contributions to the retirement system for the unfunded liability and the state group health plan for retiree health care based upon the retired state employee's or retired teacher's compensation.

L.D. 1371 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
An Act To Address Costs for Certain Special Education Students
This emergency bill amends and enacts new statutory provisions in the school funding formula to address the high costs for certain in-district and out-of-district special education students beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. The bill provides school administrative units with additional state funding for certain special education students under the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act. The bill amends the calculation of special education costs that are included in the amount of state subsidy that is allocated to school administrative units for the placement of special education students, including high-cost in-district and high-cost out-of-district students, under the essential programs and services school funding formula for those special education students whose costs for the special education programs and services required by federal and state law exceed $100,000 in a given fiscal year. The bill also amends a provision of law in Title 20-A, section 15689 to establish a new adjustment to the state share of the total allocation provided to school administrative units that receive a minimum state allocation to guarantee additional state funding for special education costs for special education students whose costs for the special education programs and services required by federal and state law exceed $100,000 in a given fiscal year.

L.D. 1369 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/18/17
An Act To Support Local Agricultural Production
This bill creates the following implementation dates and minimum percentages regarding Maine foodstuffs that state and school purchasers must purchase directly from Maine food producers or food brokers: at least 15% by December 31, 2023, 20% by December 31, 2027, 25% by December 31, 2037 and 35% by December 31, 2038. It excepts from the requirements school purchasers at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. It also establishes a grant program to provide assistance with kitchen modifications at state and school facilities that lack equipment to prepare Maine foodstuffs and directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to implement the grant program. Grant funds may be used for kitchen modifications or funding kitchen staff at a facility to prepare Maine foodstuffs. The grant program provides a process for exemptions for institutions with kitchens that cannot be modified to prepare Maine foodstuffs from the requirement to meet the implementation schedule.

L.D. 1344 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/05/17
An Act To Assess and Improve the Quality of Physical Education in Kindergarten to Grade 12
This bill provides that the Commissioner of Education may not consider financial hardship as a basis for granting a school administrative unit a waiver from physical education requirements. The bill also directs the Department of Education to conduct a comprehensive assessment of physical education offered to kindergarten to grade 12 students in public schools. As part of the comprehensive assessment, the department is required to work with school administrative units to complete self-assessments.

L.D. 1337 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
An Act To Define "Surrogate" for Student Residency Purposes
This bill specifies that a person is eligible to attend schools in the school administrative unit where the person's parent or surrogate resides and defines a surrogate as an adult related to a minor and from whom the minor receives the ongoing care and support expected of a parent or, if no such relatives exist, an adult with whom the minor resides and who has provided the minor with the ongoing care and support expected of a parent.

L.D. 1336 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 04/06/17
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Process for a Single Municipality To Withdraw from a Regional School Unit
This bill allows the withdrawal committee for a single municipality seeking to withdraw from a regional school unit to request an extension of time to submit an agreement to the Commissioner of Education for a period not to exceed 180 days after the formation of the withdrawal committee. The withdrawal committee by unanimous vote may request an extension from the commissioner beyond 180 days after the formation of the withdrawal committee. It allows the withdrawal committee to petition the commissioner to order binding mediation between the parties if they fail to enter into an agreement within 180 days after the formation of the withdrawal committee. The agreement reached through mediation must be submitted to the commissioner for approval. It requires the agreement for the withdrawal of a single municipality from a regional school unit to include a plan for providing child nutrition services in compliance with state and federal laws at schools operated by the withdrawing municipality and an anticipated budget for the schools operated by the withdrawing municipality for the first year of operation.

L.D. 1335 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 04/06/17
An Act To Provide Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to Secondary School Health Educators
This bill requires the Department of Education to establish a program to ensure health educators in secondary schools receive training from properly credentialed trainers in youth mental health first aid.

L.D. 1334 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/13/17
An Act To Authorize the Town of Atkinson To Withdraw from School Administrative District No. 41
This bill authorizes the Town of Atkinson, which formed School Administrative District No. 41 with other municipalities pursuant to Private and Special Law 1965, chapter 68, to withdraw from School Administrative District No. 41 if it meets the requirements of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 1466.

L.D. 1331 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 04/06/17
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used to recapitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund for the purpose of providing funds to public schools for renovation and capital repairs.

L.D. 1330 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 04/06/17
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Facilitate Innovative Approaches to Regional School Facilities and To Establish the Maine Innovative Regional School Facilities Finance Program
The funds provided by the bond issue in Part A, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the development of multidistrict, consolidated and integrated prekindergarten through 16 school facilities. Part B establishes the Maine Innovative Regional School Facilities Finance Program to promote efficient capital financing activities for innovative regional school facilities projects. It also establishes the Innovative Regional School Facilities Revolving Fund to support local efforts related to the program.

L.D. 1321 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 04/05/17
An Act To Promote Social and Emotional Learning and Development in Early Childhood
This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to implement, beginning September 1, 2019, a statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program to provide support and guidance to early care and education teachers and to providers working in public preschools, child care centers, family child care settings and Head Start programs serving infants and young children who are experiencing challenging behaviors that put them at risk of learning difficulties and removal from early learning settings. The bill authorizes the Department of Education to designate an entity to design and implement an early childhood consultation program as a pilot project, and to report back to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters with its recommendations concerning the amendment of the statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program.

L.D. 1319 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/30/17
An Act To Ensure Federal Title I Funding Is Directed to Classroom Learning
This bill amends the school funding formula in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act to remove the reduction of the federal Title I funds under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 received by school administrative units for teachers and other school staff and to require that school administrative units use federal Title I, Part A grant funds received under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, only to supplement the school administrative unit's funds that would, in the absence of such federal funds, be allocated from state and local school funding sources for the education of students participating in programs assisted under the federal law and not to supplant such state and local funds allocated to the school administrative unit.

L.D. 1303 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/06/17
An Act To Establish the Vaccine Consumer Protection Program within the Department of Health and Human Services
This bill establishes the Vaccine Consumer Protection Program within the Department of Health and Human Services and describes the services provided under the program. This bill also clarifies that a medical exemption from immunization for the purposes of school attendance is to be determined by the child's physician. This bill also removes the Commissioner of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services rule-making authority regarding the statutory immunization provisions and school and municipal authority to have more stringent immunization requirements than state law.

L.D. 1297 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/09/17
An Act To Set Standards in the System of Learning Results for Financial Literacy
This bill requires the Department of Education to include in the statewide system of learning results personal finance standards that align with the national standards for financial literacy developed by the Council for Economic Education.

L.D. 1294 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
Resolve, To Convene a Study Group To Study Proficiency in Content Areas for Secondary School Graduation Standards
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Education to convene a study group with various interested parties and stakeholders to determine baseline proficiency standards for the 8 content areas under the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements that represent a midpoint between current 8th grade standards of proficiency and secondary school graduation standards of proficiency. Current law requires for the graduating class of 2024-2025 full proficiency in all 8 content areas in order to graduate from secondary school. This resolve directs the Commissioner of Education to draft recommended legislation to require full proficiency in 6 of the content areas chosen at the student's discretion and baseline proficiencies in the remaining 2 content areas as requirements to graduate from secondary school for the 2024-2025 school year.

L.D. 1290 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/25/17
An Act To Provide Student Loan Debt Relief to Maine Teachers
This bill provides state funds of up to $12,500 to a teacher for student loan forgiveness to match up to $5,000 in federal student loan forgiveness awarded the teacher under the United States Department of Education's teacher loan forgiveness program. It provides up to $12,500 to the teacher in a ratio of $12.50 in state funds for every $5 in federal loan forgiveness benefits the teacher receives.

L.D. 1288 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
An Act To Promote Computer Science and Efficient Communication between Schools and the Department of Education
This bill allows that proficiency in a computer programming language may substitute for proficiency in a world language to meet the parameters of secondary school essential instruction and graduation requirements. This bill also appropriates $1,000,000 per year of the 2018-2019 biennium to the Department of Education to issue a request for proposals to purchase a student information system that tracks student proficiency, grades and other student information, that links with the Department of Education student information system and that can be given to school administrative units at no cost.

L.D. 1286 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 04/05/17
An Act To Require Background Checks for All School Employees
This bill requires every school administrative unit to obtain a criminal history background check of an individual before hiring or placing that individual within the school administrative unit except for educational personnel currently required to undergo a criminal history background check. This bill also requires every school administrative unit to conduct an audit to determine if the school administrative unit possesses a criminal history background check for all current employees of the school administrative unit and to obtain criminal history background checks for those employees for whom the school administrative unit does not have a criminal history background check.

L.D. 1272 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
An Act To Move Administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Education
This bill moves the administration of the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program, which provides food assistance to children and adult participants in nonresidential institutions that provide care, from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Education. It directs the Department of Education to enter into a written agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture to administer the program. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to work with the Department of Education to move the administration of the program. The Department of Education is directed to report to the committee of jurisdiction during the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature and the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature and is authorized to submit suggested legislation and to adopt routine technical rules.

L.D. 1269 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/13/17
An Act To Adjust the Timing for Recounts in Certain Municipal and Local School Elections
This bill changes the deadline for requesting a recount in a municipal, local school or local referendum election to 10 business days after the election. It also provides that in a municipality that counts all ballots by hand, a recount is automatically triggered in a municipal, local school or local referendum election if the total vote difference is 10 votes or fewer.

L.D. 1255 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/02/17
An Act Authorizing an Instant Lottery Game with Proceeds To Benefit Early Childhood Education
This bill directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, the State Liquor and Lottery Commission to develop an early childhood education lottery game. Proceeds from the lottery game will be used to fund the Early Childhood Education Fund, which is established for the purpose of providing grant funding for public preschool programs.

L.D. 1234 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
An Act To Amend Maine's Truancy Laws by Specifying Penalties for Noncompliance
This bill changes the age range for compulsory school attendance from 7 years of age to under 17 years of age to 6 years of age to under 18 years of age and changes the number of absences required for a student to be considered truant. It establishes a fine for parents adjudged for repeated violations of the truancy laws and allows the superintendent to inform the Department of Health and Human Services that the student is a victim of abuse or neglect based on the parent's failure to ensure compliance with school attendance requirements. It also establishes a fine and possible driver's license suspension for truant students.

L.D. 1228 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/05/17
An Act To Ensure That Charter School Students Have Access to Extracurricular Activities
This bill provides students enrolled in a public charter school with the same access to extracurricular activities as students receiving homeschool instruction.

L.D. 1215 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/23/17
An Act To Clarify Collective Bargaining in School Districts
This bill allows, but does not require, public employers of teachers to negotiate with respect to educational policies.

L.D. 1206 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/28/17
An Act To Increase State Funding to Maine Public Charter Schools
This bill changes the multiplier for adjusting a public charter school's operating allocation from the appropriate transition percentage in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15671, subsection 7 to 105%.

L.D. 1160 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
Resolve, To Require a Study of Wages and Working Conditions for Child Development Educators and Staff
This resolve requires the Child Development Services System to examine the working conditions and wages paid to individuals who provide early intervention or special education services in school administrative units and compare those working conditions and wages to those of persons in similar positions in the private sector and in elementary and secondary schools in this State. The system is required to develop recommendations for a wage schedule and other methods of improving recruitment and retention of child development educators and staff and submit its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, which is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.

L.D. 1158 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/08/17
An Act To Remove the Limit on the Number of Public Charter Schools That May Be Approved
This bill repeals the provision of law that requires the Maine Charter School Commission to limit the number of schools approved for the public charter school program.

L.D. 1156 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
An Act To Address Administrative Shortages in Maine Schools by Amending the Law Regarding the Salaries of Retired Public School Administrators Who Return to Service
This bill amends provisions regarding compensation and length of service of retired public school administrators who return to service by requiring for the first year of the return to service 100% of the compensation established for the position to be filled and for the subsequent 4 years annually reducing the compensation incrementally until compensation is 75% of the compensation established for the position to be filled. Current law sets the compensation at 75% of the compensation established for the position filled.

L.D. 1141 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/25/17
An Act To Make Election Day a State Holiday
This bill designates Election Day, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, as a state holiday.

L.D. 1136 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules Regarding Services Provided to Students
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules regarding services provided to students to:
  1. Allow speech pathologists to bill directly for services they provide to students who are eligible for the MaineCare program; and
  2. Remove requirements that, for a student to be eligible for coverage for services under early periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment, the services be included in the student’s individualized education plan or the family’s individualized family service plan and that the services be medical in nature as opposed to educational.

L.D. 1132 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/01/17
An Act To Create Education Savings Accounts for Students with Special Needs
This bill directs the Department of Education to establish education savings accounts for children with disabilities that may be used by the parents or legal guardians of such children for certain educational purposes. The funding for these accounts would come from shifting 90% of the essential programs and services funding that would otherwise be provided by the State and the school administrative unit for the child into the savings account. The bill provides mechanisms for approval of educational expenditures and review of spending from the accounts.

L.D. 1131 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/08/17
An Act To Create Education Savings Accounts for Maine Students
This bill directs the Treasurer of State to establish education savings accounts that may be used by the parents or legal guardians of children to pay for the education of their children outside of the public school system. The funding for these savings accounts would come from shifting 90% of the essential programs and services funding that would otherwise be provided by the State and the school administrative unit for each child into a savings account. The bill specifies what educational expenditures are permitted and provides for review of spending from the accounts.

L.D. 1130 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/22/17
An Act To Provide Traffic Safety Education in Schools
The purpose of this bill is to provide students in Maine with access to traffic safety education from an early age with the goal of teaching students safe practices and respect for all users of the road in order to reduce the unacceptable number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and make Maine's roadways safer and more enjoyable for all users. This bill requires all school administrative units to provide at least one hour annually of age-appropriate traffic safety education to students in grades 2 to 12. The traffic safety education program must provide, at a minimum, instruction on the use of public and private ways by pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicle operators and on the laws and rules regarding that use. A school administrative unit may contract with a 3rd party to provide the education.

L.D. 1119 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/02/17
An Act To Ensure Safe Drinking Water in Public Buildings
Current law requires schools that take drinking water from sources other than public water systems to have that water tested. This bill expands this requirement to include all public buildings that take water from a source other than a public water system. This bill requires public buildings that take drinking water from public water systems to have the same tests performed on that water, except that public buildings less than 10 years old are exempt from this requirement. Under the bill, the Department of Health and Human Services must provide test results to the Department of Environmental Protection. After receiving the results, the Department of Environmental Protection must make the results available on the department's publicly accessible website.

L.D. 1113 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/21/17
An Act To Improve Antihunger Programs in Maine Schools
This bill requires the Department of Education to develop and make available to public schools an Internet-based application for eligible students for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. The bill provides that a public school may make available the Internet-based application developed by the department for school meal applications. The bill also provides that if a public school implements an Internet-based application process, the public school is required to maintain paper applications for school meals.

L.D. 1104 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/08/17
An Act To Exempt School Resource Officers from Department of Education Background Check and Fingerprinting Requirements
This bill exempts from the school personnel background check and fingerprinting requirements law enforcement officers from a local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over a school’s premises, commonly called school resource officers, who assist with school security, safety, emergency preparedness or emergency response or has been assigned other responsibilities concerning the school by the school or the local law enforcement agency.

L.D. 1098 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/17/17
An Act To Ensure Reasonable Accommodations for Children for Whom Medical Marijuana Has Been Recommended
Current law allows the primary caregiver of a child for whom medical marijuana has been recommended to possess and administer the marijuana on school grounds. This bill allows a medical provider with whom the child has a bona fide relationship to possess and administer marijuana on school grounds.

L.D. 1093 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/09/17
An Act To Clarify That Involuntary Transfers of Teachers and Municipal Public Employees Are Subject to Collective Bargaining
This bill specifies that the involuntary transfer of a teacher or other municipal employee is included in working conditions that must be collectively bargained in good faith. This bill specifies that an involuntary transfer is not considered an educational policy, which is not subject to negotiation.

L.D. 1084 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/17/17
An Act To Require That Certain Applicant Information for Certain Local Government and School Administrative Positions Be Public upon Application
This bill provides that the names and addresses of applicants for positions as county administrator, city manager, town manager and school superintendent are public records upon application by the applicant.

L.D. 1080 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
An Act To Prevent Economic Hardship in Maine School Administrative District 44
This bill maintains the existing ad valorem cost-sharing agreement of the members of Maine School Administrative District 44 by requiring the Town of Newry to remain a member of that district. The bill expresses the Legislature's findings that the Constitution of Maine requires municipalities to support public schools, that there exists established precedent for prohibiting the withdrawal of a municipality from a school district and that the residents of the school district have considered and rejected an amendment to the cost-sharing formula used to fund education and have expressed objection to the use of the withdrawal process for the purpose of tuitioning students back to the same school district at increased expense of neighboring towns.

L.D. 1074 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/25/17
An Act To Support Public Charter School Enrollment Options for Certain Students
This bill authorizes public charter schools to give enrollment preference to students at risk for academic failure. It also authorizes public charter schools with a mission for single-gender education to give enrollment preference based on gender.

L.D. 1051 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/02/17
An Act To Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest
This bill enacts the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, which provides for education regarding sudden cardiac arrest in students engaged in athletics, the removal from athletic events of students who exhibit symptoms of cardiac arrest, education and training for athletic directors, coaches and athletic trainers and penalties for violations of the Act.

L.D. 1045 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/31/17
An Act To Create More Transparency in the Setting of Normal Teacher Retirement Costs
This bill requires the Board of Trustees of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to prepare and present an actuarial report on normal teacher retirement costs to a joint meeting of the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs matters by May 31st of even-numbered years. It also requires the board to rely on this biennial actuarial report in its determination of the percentage of total teacher compensation required to fund normal teacher retirement costs. This bill also requires the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs to conduct a review of the historical and projected future actuarial value of normal teacher retirement costs. It requires the committee to report the results of its review to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.

L.D. 1036 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
Resolve, To Study Repeal of Occupational Licensing Requirements for Certain Occupations
This resolve directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to submit a report with proposed legislation to remove licensing requirements for several occupations to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development by December 1, 2017. The committee is authorized to report out a bill related to the department's recommendations to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.

L.D. 1029 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/23/17
An Act To Abolish the 5-year Cap for Retired State Employees Who Return to Work
Current law allows a state employee or teacher who retires after September 1, 2011 to return to service for up to 5 years. This bill eliminates that 5-year cap.

L.D. 1026 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/14/17
An Act To Assist Student Achievement
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to explore ways to assist students in achieving academic success.

L.D. 1016 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/14/17
An Act To Provide Funding for Career and Technical Education Based on Projected Enrollment
This bill modifies the funding model for career and technical education costs. This bill requires that the state allocation for these costs be based on the projected enrollment for the fiscal year of the allocation rather than actual enrollment in a prior year.

L.D. 1015 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/14/17
An Act To Improve the Student Transfer Process
This bill provides that a parent of a student requesting a transfer from one school administrative unit to another school administrative unit may not request the Commissioner of Education to review a decision to not approve a transfer if both superintendents find a transfer is not in the student's best interest. The bill also establishes the Commission To Study the Student Transfer Process to conduct a review of the appeal process under the laws governing the transfer of a student from one school administrative unit to another school administrative unit, including, but not limited to, a review of the criteria used by the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education to make a decision regarding a parent's request to review a decision to not approve a transfer.

L.D. 997 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/04/17
An Act To Increase Funding to Schools by Repealing Unnecessary and Burdensome Regulations
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. The bill proposes to increase funding to schools by repealing unnecessary and burdensome regulations.

L.D. 988 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/14/17
An Act Regarding Possession of a Firearm on School Property
This bill provides that the prohibition on the possession of a firearm on public school property or the property of an approved private school does not apply to a person who possesses a firearm in a motor vehicle while dropping off or picking up a student.

L.D. 987 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/25/17
Resolve, To Direct the Department of Education To Form a Study Group To Improve Public Education
This resolve directs the Department of Education to form a study group to consider ways to improve the mathematics, reading and writing skills of elementary and secondary school students, including increasing the length of the school day to add additional instruction in mathematics, reading and writing and to estimate the cost to the State, municipalities and school administrative units of the considered improvements.

L.D. 986 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/02/17
An Act To Improve School Safety
This bill provides for a mandatory one-year suspension of a driver's license for a person convicted of terrorizing if the terrorizing causes the evacuation of a public elementary or secondary school. If the person does not have a driver's license, the bill specifies a one-year delay in the issuance of the driver's license from the date of the conviction of the offense or, if the person is not eligible for a driver's license, a one-year delay from the date that the person is eligible for the license. This bill also requires that a notice of the provisions of the law be conspicuously posted in at least one location in every public middle and secondary school.

L.D. 978 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/02/17
An Act To Simplify the In-service Days Requirement in Education
This bill changes the law regarding school administrative units' scheduling from allowing 5 days to be used for in-service education of teachers, administrative meetings, parent-teacher conference, records' days and similar activities to allowing 5 days or 40 total hours.

L.D. 965 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/25/17
Resolve, To Create the Task Force To Study School Board Member Training
This resolve creates the Task Force To Study School Board Member Training. The task force is required to submit its report with its recommendations and any accompanying legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 6, 2017.

L.D. 940 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
An Act To Increase Student Learning Time
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to limit the total amount of time during each school year that a student spends taking tests.

L.D. 929 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/19/17
An Act Regarding the State Retirement System
This bill amends the definition of "earnable compensation" for the purposes of the state retirement system. The bill provides that if, during any year, an employee receives retrospective payment for compensation earned in a prior year or years, the portion of the employee's compensation that is retrospective payment for compensation earned in a prior year or years must be deducted from earnable compensation for the year in which it is paid and must be added to earnable compensation for the prior year or years in which that compensation was earned.

L.D. 926 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/06/17
An Act To Improve Equity in State Aid to Schools
This bill provides for an adjustment in the state share of the total allocation to a highly funded school, which is defined as a school administrative unit whose total spending on education programs and services in the most recent year for which data is available exceeded 108% of the total cost of the components of essential programs and services for that school administrative unit in that year, excluding any adjustment made pursuant to this new provision. The Commissioner of Education is required to decrease the state share of the total allocation to a highly funded school by an amount equal to the difference between 108% of the total cost of the components of essential programs and services for that school administrative unit in the previous fiscal year and the amount spent by the school administrative unit on education programs and services in the previous fiscal year.

L.D. 919 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/07/17
An Act To Establish the Summer Success Program Fund
This bill establishes the Summer Success Program Fund, a dedicated fund to be directed and administered by the Commissioner of Education and held by the Treasurer of State, to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success programs in school administrative units throughout the State. The bill accomplishes the following.
  1. It provides that money paid into the fund may include General Fund appropriations, as well as grants, gifts and other money from any unit of federal, state or local government or from any person, firm, partnership or corporation for deposit to the fund, money received from a social impact bond and interest, dividends and other pecuniary gains. It requires that school administrative units ensure that grants provided from the fund for expanding access to summer success programs supplement and not supplant federal funding.
  2. It requires the commissioner to administer the fund within the Department of Education and to establish standards and approval for the allocation and use of fund money for summer success programs offered at elementary and secondary schools in the State. It also allows the commissioner to include the following in the standards:
  3. Guidelines similar to the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to close the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students;
  4. Effective models of summer success programs that involve networking and partnerships with community-based organizations that provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development; and
  5. Implementation of the formative and summative assessment methods to measure student achievement in order to monitor the progress of students participating in summer success programs.
  6. It provides that, beginning in fiscal year 2018-19, the department is required to provide grant funding, through a grant application process, to cover 90% of the costs of summer success programs in school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.
  7. It adds the fund to the enhancing student performance and opportunity provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.
  8. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2017 that outlines the proposed rules to implement the fund by the 2018-2019 school year.

L.D. 917 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/07/17
Resolve, To Require a Review of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Plan
This resolve directs the Maine Public Employees Retirement System and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, within their existing resources, to jointly convene and provide necessary staffing assistance to a working group to evaluate and design retirement plan options for all state employees and teachers. The Maine Public Employees Retirement System is directed to submit its recommendations, including any necessary implementing legislation, to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2018.

L.D. 891 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/07/17
An Act To Support the Professional Development of Principals in Maine Schools
This bill requires that the performance evaluation and professional growth system for new school administrative staff include a mentoring program that promotes excellence in school leadership, builds a supportive environment within school administrative units, increases the retention of school leaders and promotes the personal and professional well-being of school leaders.

L.D. 866 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/13/17
An Act To Provide Additional Funds to Schools That Offer Residential Options
This bill requires that the State provide a minimum state subsidy of $500 per residential student to all school administrative units, including public charter schools, as well as to magnet schools, that provide residential services.

L.D. 865 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/13/17
Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Determine the Effectiveness and Success of Charter Schools
This resolve requires the Department of Education to conduct an evaluation and assessment of public charter schools to determine their effectiveness and success in carrying out state goals with respect to public charter schools and to establish recommended standards by which public charter schools are to be evaluated. This resolve also places a moratorium on executing any charter school contracts until the department submits its report on the assessment and evaluation to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, which may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.

L.D. 864 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/21/17
An Act To Provide for a Statewide Contract for School Teachers
This bill provides for statewide collective bargaining for teachers beginning January 1, 2021. The bill directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to develop a plan to implement statewide collective bargaining for teachers and requires that the plan be designed to permit school administrative units to maintain local control and direction of teacher employment; to include for all public school teachers a uniform compensation system that is based upon performance results that are competitive and fair throughout the State; and to maximize opportunities for certain economies of scale through the statewide negotiation of teachers' benefits, including, but not limited to, health insurance. The department is directed to submit its plan, together with proposed implementing legislation, for introduction to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.

L.D. 863 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
An Act To Create a Standard Kindergarten Entry Assessment
This bill directs the Commissioner of Education to develop a standard assessment for kindergarten entry for use by all school administrative units beginning January 1, 2019.

L.D. 862 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/13/17
Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Program To Install Video Cameras in School Buses
This resolve directs the Department of Education to establish a pilot program with selected school administrative units to install video cameras in school buses and study the effectiveness of the cameras in assisting in the maintenance of order and safety on the school buses.

L.D. 851 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/25/17
An Act To Repeal and Subject to Referendum in 2018 the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education and the 3 Percent Income Tax Surcharge
Part A of this bill repeals the 3% surcharge imposed on taxable individual income over $200,000 for tax years beginning in or after 2017 and the Fund to Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education, both as enacted in Initiated Bill 2015, chapter 4. The repeal is retroactive to the effective date of the initiated bill. Part B of this bill enacts a 3% surcharge on taxable individual income over $200,000 for tax years beginning in or after 2019 and it enacts the Fund to Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education, but only if approved by the voters at referendum in November 2018.

L.D. 841 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/04/17
An Act To Provide Stability in MaineCare Payments for Educational Programming
Under current law, the Department of Education is authorized to pay on behalf of a school administrative unit allowable school-based costs that represent the school administrative unit's portion of MaineCare payments. Current law also provides that the department may then deduct that amount from the school administrative unit's state subsidy. This bill changes the law to provide that the department may not deduct from a school administrative unit's state subsidy such payments.

L.D. 840 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/06/17
An Act To Expand Educational Opportunities for Students in the Unorganized Territories
This bill provides that the parent or guardian of a child residing in an unorganized unit that does not have an elementary school located in that unorganized unit may choose an elementary school in the State for that child to attend.

L.D. 826 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
An Act To Prioritize the Renovation of Existing Underutilized Schools in Conjunction with the Closing of Nearby Schools Due to Declining Enrollment
This bill amends the laws governing the School Revolving Renovation Fund to add renovation and repurposing of underutilized space when done in conjunction with closing a school to the list of projects that qualify for Priority 1 status.

L.D. 818 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/22/17
An Act To Improve the Quality of Teachers
This bill proposes to improve teacher quality in the State by amending the current statutes related to programs involving teacher preparation, support systems for provisional teachers, teacher certification and teacher salaries and funding college loans for students enrolled in a program of study leading to certification as a teacher. The bill expands the student teaching experience and academic achievement requirements for a provisional teacher certificate. It specifies the number of hours of practicum an applicant must complete, clarifies the time frame during which the student teaching experience must occur and specifies that the grade point average requirement applies only to an applicant's teacher preparation course work. The bill enacts a grade point average requirement with respect to applicants recommended by educational institutions offering teacher preparation programs. The bill strengthens the support systems required to provide assistance for provisional teachers during each year of their probationary period and requires the Commissioner of Education to pay salary supplements to teachers who are involved in the operation of such systems. The bill increases the minimum salary for certified teachers to $40,000 beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and includes in the school funding formula state funding for the incremental costs of meeting this minimum beginning in fiscal year 2018-19. The bill requires the State Board of Education to amend its rule Chapter 114: Purpose, Standards and Procedures for the Review and Approval of Preparation Programs for Education Personnel to articulate and outline clear standards for a memorandum of understanding between student teachers, teacher preparation programs and participating school administrative units. The bill directs the Governor to appoint members to vacant positions on the Professional Standards Board by November 1, 2017 and directs the board to convene a meeting by December 1, 2017. The bill provides additional appropriations for the Educators for Maine Program within the Finance Authority of Maine in order to double the annual investment of state loan funds awarded to eligible students.

L.D. 816 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/03/17
An Act To Promote Academic Achievement through Hunger Relief for Maine Children
This bill directs the State to fund the difference between the federal reimbursements for reduced-price and free lunches in order to provide all children under 185% of the federal poverty level free lunch at school.

L.D. 809 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/21/17
An Act To Address Student Hunger with a "Breakfast after the Bell" Program
This bill requires a school administrative unit with a public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year to operate an alternative breakfast delivery service that provides breakfast after the start of the school day. It also provides a process for a school administrative unit to opt out of the alternative breakfast delivery service. This bill requires the Department of Education to adopt rules to develop an application process and to adopt standards to address evaluation criteria based on need for funding assistance for alternative breakfast delivery services in school administrative units. It also requires the department to develop a means to track health and academic outcomes of students and schools that participate in alternative breakfast delivery services.

L.D. 785 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/06/17
An Act To Improve Safety and Traffic Efficiency near School Grounds
This bill allows a school crossing guard to direct traffic.

L.D. 774 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/18/17
An Act To Create a Training Wage
This bill provides a minimum hourly training wage of $1.00 above the federal minimum wage for a person who is 20 years of age or under and is a student at a secondary or postsecondary school.

L.D. 772 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/31/17
An Act To Ensure Transparency in Public Union Negotiations
This bill amends the Freedom of Access Act by making collective bargaining meetings between public employers and a collective bargaining unit conducted pursuant to the municipal public employees labor relations laws, the state employees labor relations laws or the judicial employees labor relations laws public proceedings under the Act and therefore subject to the open meeting and notice requirements of the Act.

L.D. 770 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/09/17
An Act To Clarify Insurance Coverage in School-based Health Centers
This bill prohibits health insurance carriers from denying coverage for services delivered in a school setting under a contract with a federally qualified health center if the same services would be covered if provided at the federally qualified health center.

L.D. 753 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/13/17
Resolve, To Promote Internet Safety in Schools
This resolve requires the Commissioner of Education to develop Internet safety guidelines for students and others who have received laptop computers under the program that supplies laptop computers to middle school students.

L.D. 752 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/18/17
An Act To Enhance the Safety of Schoolchildren by Requiring the Posting of the School Zone Speed Limit
This bill requires schools to post school zone speed limit warning signs

L.D. 751 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/02/17
An Act To Establish Districtwide Standardized Assessment Policies
This bill requires school boards, with input from parents, teachers and school administrators, to adopt districtwide policies regarding standardized assessments.

L.D. 749 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
An Act To Ensure Municipal Equity for the Town of Frye Island
This bill repeals the prohibition against the withdrawal of the Town of Frye Island from School Administrative District No. 6, which then allows the Town of Frye Island the same statutory municipal power of any other municipality in Maine, as long as the Town of Frye Island joins another school administrative unit within 2 years of the withdrawal.

L.D. 748 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/27/17
An Act To Require at Least a 30-minute Lunch Period for Students
This bill requires that school administrative units provide for students a lunch period of at least 30 minutes unless the governing body of the school administrative unit determines by vote after notice and public hearing that a 30-minute lunch period would be impracticable.

L.D. 747 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/02/17
An Act To Amend Minimum Age Eligibility for School Enrollment
This bill provides that school boards are responsible for establishing the minimum age necessary for student enrollment.

L.D. 741 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/28/17
An Act To Provide Equity in Education Funding
This bill allows a municipality that is a member of a school administrative unit receiving the minimum state share for education funding to impose by referendum a local option sales tax of up to 1% to be used for funding kindergarten to grade 12 education and reducing the property tax rate. This bill also repeals a provision of the education funding laws calculating a minimum state share of costs based on a percentage of special education costs.

L.D. 738 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/25/17
An Act To Make the School Budgeting Process a Biennial Process
This bill changes the local school budgeting approval process, which is currently done on an annual basis, to a biennial process beginning with the biennium of fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21.

L.D. 737 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/21/17
An Act To Allow Public Schools To Reserve Funds Designated for Operating Costs
This bill allows a school administrative district to establish a reserve fund for operating costs of the school administrative district, including salary and benefits.

L.D. 736 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/30/17
An Act To Create Equity in Funding of Rural Schools
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to create equity in funding of rural schools by examining the funding of the most disadvantaged school administrative units under the school funding formula and determining how best to provide financial resources to better assist these school administrative units.

L.D. 717 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/30/17
An Act To Protect Maine School Children from Lead and Arsenic Exposure
Current law requires schools that take drinking water from sources other than public water systems to have that water tested. This bill requires all schools and nursery schools that take drinking water from any source to have the same tests performed on that water, including, but not limited to, tests for lead and arsenic. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to make all test results available on the department's publicly accessible website and to inform the parents and guardians of all students at a school or nursery school if the water is found to violate the state primary drinking water regulations.

L.D. 687 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/06/17
An Act Regarding Reimbursement for Speech and Language Pathology Services
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for reimbursement for all speech and language pathology services provided by an independent speech-language practitioner at the rate that is paid to a speech and hearing agency for the same services. It also directs the department to amend its rules to increase by 10% the rates of reimbursement for all speech and language pathology services.

L.D. 682 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/30/17
An Act To Eliminate the Regional Adjustment for Public School Systems
This bill removes the regional adjustment in the total operating allocation for schools under the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.

L.D. 681 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/02/17
An Act Regarding Sexual Activity and Sexual Assault at Secondary and Postsecondary Educational Institutions
This bill requires that instruction involving affirmative consent, communication and decision making regarding sexual activity be a mandatory part of secondary school instruction. "Affirmative consent" is defined as consent to sexual activity that can be revoked at any time and does not include silence, lack of resistance or consent given while intoxicated. This bill also requires a postsecondary educational institution to make a notation on a student's transcript if the student has been convicted of sexual assault committed on the campus of the postsecondary educational institution.

L.D. 680 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/30/17
An Act To Allow the Employment or Service in a School of a Spouse of a School Board or Committee Member
This bill allows a spouse of a school board member to be employed or serve in a volunteer position in a public school within the jurisdiction of the school board to which the member is elected or in a contract high school or academy located within a supervisory union in which the member is a representative on the union committee upon a 2/3 vote of the school board or committee.

L.D. 679 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/13/17
An Act To Reform School Testing Procedures
This bill limits statewide assessment program testing requirements to grades 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 and limits any use of alternative measures of student achievement to grades 9 and 11. It also limits the statewide system of learning results testing requirements to students in grades 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. The bill authorizes the Commissioner of Education to adopt rules to implement the provisions of the bill.

L.D. 678 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/22/17
An Act To Protect Students from Identity Theft
This bill requires a public school or private school, if asking for a student's social security number, to inform the student's parent or guardian for what purpose the social security number will be used and to provide the parent, guardian or student with the opportunity to opt out of providing the social security number.

L.D. 674 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/02/17
An Act To Provide Public Charter Schools with Access to State Funds for Capital Expenses
This bill allows a per-pupil allocation for capital expenses to be added to the essential programs and services funding formula for public charter schools that do not have access to capital funds from the State or from a school administrative district.

L.D. 669 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/02/17
An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact a comprehensive package of proposals designed to address the unmet workforce needs of employers and to improve the economic future of workers. These proposals may include, but are not limited to, proposals to:
  1. Identify workforce needs;
  2. Connect businesses with trained workers;
  3. Maximize the benefits of educational assessment funding by focusing the funds on the students;
  4. Provide incentives for educational institutions receiving state training funds to place graduates into the employment or school of the graduates' choice;
  5. Strengthen the ability of the Maine Quality Centers, established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 12725, to fulfill their mission of meeting the workforce education and training needs of new and expanding businesses in the State and providing new employment and career advancement opportunities for Maine people;
  6. Design diverse programs to meet the needs of Maine employers;
  7. Prepare untrained workers to meet immediate and long-term needs;
  8. Allow military training to count towards required training for certain certifications and licenses;
  9. Establish a clearinghouse to connect workers with employers;
  10. Identify educational programs necessary for specific types of employment and create a process to preemploy prospective workers while they are being trained;
  11. Provide to people receiving public assistance the opportunity to permanently leave poverty behind by providing skills training that offers academic degrees, certifications or credentials and leads to employment with wages that can sustain families;
  12. Establish workforce training programs targeted exclusively at individuals who are on public assistance or whose incomes meet certain criteria and provide transitional benefits including child care, health care, transportation supports and educational supports;
  13. Align Maine's system of learning results with technical skills for current employment needs, support technical courses in high schools and integrate those courses with the high school curriculum and identify for middle school and secondary school students career paths that include alternatives that do not require college educations;
  14. Identify barriers to the reentry by older citizens into the workforce;
  15. Establish a program to identify and eliminate unfavorable tax policies with respect to retirement income and pensions and tax policies that discourage older citizens and retirees from returning to the workforce; and
  16. Promote education to allow seniors to develop new skills.

L.D. 642 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 03/02/17
Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Identify Special Education Cost Drivers and Innovative Approaches to Services
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Identify Special Education Cost Drivers and Innovative Approaches to Services.

L.D. 633 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/21/17
An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation Requirements
This bill removes the requirement that student learning and measures of growth and state assessment results be used to measure educator effectiveness.

L.D. 603 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/17/17
An Act To Provide Funding for Preschool Programs
This bill provides ongoing funds for start-up grants for expanded access to public preschool programs for children 4 years of age.

L.D. 601 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/15/17
An Act To Return the Normal Cost of Teacher Retirement to the State
This bill changes the method for funding teacher retirement costs. It repeals those provisions of law enacted pursuant to Public Law 2013, chapter 368 that require school administrative units and private schools to pay for teacher retirement.

L.D. 591 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/20/17
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Adopt Bus Traffic Ordinances
This bill allows municipalities to adopt local ordinances requiring vehicle operators to yield the right-of-way to a bus.

L.D. 582 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/15/17
An Act To Provide for the Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Educational and Behavioral Assessment of Children Entering State Custody
This bill shortens the time requirement for the physical examination of a child ordered into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services from 10 days after the department's custody of the child commences to 3 days and allows a physician's assistant to conduct the examination. It also requires, within 60 days after the department's custody of a child commences, that the child receives an appointment for a comprehensive medical, dental, educational and mental health assessment by a licensed pediatrician and a licensed child psychologist and that reimbursement, including reimbursement for obtaining and reviewing relevant records, is provided under MaineCare for the assessment. The department is directed to adopt routine technical rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

L.D. 573 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
Resolve, To Audit Standardized Testing in Maine's Schools
This bill directs the Maine Education Policy Research Institute to conduct an audit of standardized testing in a random sample of school administrative units statewide for the purpose of understanding the amount, cost and usefulness of standardized testing. This bill requires the Maine Education Policy Research Institute no later than January 1, 2018 to issue a report with its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, which may report out a bill based upon the report to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.

L.D. 571 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/15/17
An Act To Eliminate the 3 Percent Surcharge on Certain Income and Provide an Alternative Funding Source for the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to eliminate the 3% surcharge imposed on individual income over $200,000, which is imposed to fund the Fund to Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education. Instead, this bill would supplant the revenue from the surcharge with 2 alternate sources:
  1. All of the revenue from the tax imposed on the sale of recreational marijuana products, except for the amount retained for training law enforcement personnel on marijuana-related laws and rules; and
  2. All surplus revenue generated by growth in the Maine economy up to the amount needed by the State to meet its obligation of funding 55% of public education from kindergarten to grade 12.

L.D. 554 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/14/17
An Act To Require Paid Parental Leave for Employees
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to require employers to create a parental leave policy to provide certain full-time employees who become parents through child birth or adoption with additional flexibility and time to be with their new children, adjust to new family situations and balance professional obligations. Employees who are eligible under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act would be entitled to paid parental leave, with certain exceptions and restrictions.

L.D. 528 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/23/17
An Act To Create a Maine Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Studies Educational Component
This bill allows the study of race, ethnicity and culture in Maine to be taught in the State's elementary and secondary schools as a component of Maine studies.

L.D. 527 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/23/17
An Act To Prohibit Corporal Punishment in Schools
This bill prohibits the imposition of corporal punishment in elementary and secondary schools and preschool programs. "Corporal punishment" means any form of discipline or punishment involving offensive physical contact with or inflicting physical pain or discomfort on a student. "Corporal punishment" does not include the use of physical restraint to protect the student or others from immediate harm.

L.D. 526 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/08/17
An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers
Current law requires the State to pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance. This bill raises that percentage to 50% from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019; 55% from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021; and 60% after June 30, 2021. It also removes the cap on the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums for fiscal years ending after June 30, 2015.

L.D. 513 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/08/17
An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax for Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions

Retirement benefits under state, local or federal government retirement plans that are based on employment compensation for which contributions are not made to the federal Social Security system result in reductions in the amount of Social Security benefits that a retiree is eligible to receive under the federal Windfall Elimination Provision. This bill provides an income tax exemption for those retirement benefits.

 

L.D. 507 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/19/17
An Act To Establish Regional School Leadership Academies
This bill allows school administrative units to enter into collaborative agreements to establish regional school leadership academies that combine state and local programs and resources, including the preparation, licensure, certification, professional development and training for educational leadership, into a coherent system that can significantly improve the recruitment and preparation of prospective candidates for school principalship and other school leadership positions, as well as the induction, mentoring and retention of principals and school leaders during the first 2 years of employment in their school leadership positions.

L.D. 472 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/19/17
An Act Regarding Parental Rights

This bill amends the law to stipulate that parents have a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education and care of their minor children and prevents courts from limiting these fundamental parental rights unless the limitation is supported by a compelling state interest and narrowly tailored to serve that interest through the least restrictive means possible.

 

L.D. 468 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/16/17
An Act To Provide for a Later Starting Time for High Schools
This bill requires that, by September 1, 2019, each school administrative unit ensure that its secondary schools' school days start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. and that extracurricular activities do not start after 7:30 p.m. on an evening immediately prior to a school day. A school administrative unit is required to provide a compliance plan. Units that do not provide a compliance plan face reductions in the state share of funding attributable to the cost of the components of essential programs and services.

L.D. 462 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/30/17
An Act To Require a Capstone Project as a Condition of High School Graduation
This bill requires all high school students to complete a capstone project in which the student must identify a problem, develop a solution to that problem and share that solution with the community.

L.D. 436 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/13/17
An Act To Allow Intermediate Driver's License Holders To Drive between Midnight and 5:00 a.m. for School Activities
This bill allows a student at a secondary school holding an intermediate driver's license to operate a motor vehicle between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. if the operation of the motor vehicle is required for a school-sanctioned activity.

L.D. 420 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/13/17
An Act To Require Same-year State Valuations for Education Funding Purposes for Municipalities That Lose More Than 35 Percent of Their Tax Base
This bill changes the determination for property fiscal capacity as used to determine the amount of state aid a school administrative unit receives under the school funding formula if a municipality has experienced a decline in state valuation of at least 35% attributable to one taxpayer. Under this bill, the State Tax Assessor is required to certify to the Commissioner of Education when a municipality's state valuation has declined by at least 35% from the previous year's certified state valuation and the decline is due to the loss in value attributable to a single taxpayer. When those conditions have been met, the property fiscal capacity for that municipality is the most recently certified state valuation.

L.D. 412 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/16/17
An Act To Require the Completion of Courses of Study in Home Economics and Industrial Arts Education Prior to Graduation from High School
This bill adds home economics and industrial arts to the list of courses required for a high school diploma and adds home economics and industrial arts to the areas of essential instruction in the system of learning results.

L.D. 409 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 05/26/17
An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the Maine Public Employees Retirement System:
  1. It replaces the term "physician" with "medical provider" and defines "medical provider" to include physicians and clinical psychologists, which permits clinical psychologists to be included in the composition of the medical board and for other medical consultations;
  2. It clarifies that the board member who represents participating local districts may be either an active or retired member.
  3. It clarifies the basis on which disability benefits for members of the Legislative Retirement Program are determined;
  4. It clarifies that any property owned by the retirement system is tax exempt;
  5. It gives the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over public employee retirement matters the authority to report out legislation as recommended by the board of trustees to improve the retirement system;
  6. It replaces obsolete language regarding the retirement system budgeting process;
  7. It corrects a reference to the legislative jurisdiction that pertains to matters relating to the retirement system;
  8. It clarifies the treatment of retirement system assets;
  9. It clarifies the disposition of funds appropriated to subsidize the purchase of military service credit for specific members who subsequently decline to purchase service credit or are able to purchase service credit without subsidy;
  10. It changes the manner in which disability retirement benefits are calculated for less than full-time members;
  11. It clarifies that assets of the group life insurance program may only be used for benefits for participants of employers for which the assets are attributable; and
  12. It removes obsolete language.

L.D. 404 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/23/17
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization and Approval of Education Personnel, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the State Board of Education
This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization and Approval of Education Personnel, a major substantive rule of the State Board of Education that was filed outside the legislative rule acceptance period.

L.D. 398 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/03/17
An Act To Recognize Computer Science in the Path to Proficiency
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to ensure that schools are authorized and encouraged to consider courses taken by a student in computer science as demonstrating proficiency in science or mathematics, or both. Under this bill, the value of computer science coursework would be recognized as part of a student's path to proficiency.

L.D. 397 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/27/17
An Act To Ensure the 3 Percent Tax on Incomes over $200,000 Is Distributed Proportionally Based on Student Counts
This bill provides that the supplemental revenue funds allocated to school administrative units by the Commissioner of Education from the Fund to Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education must be distributed proportionally based on the average October and April pupil enrollment counts for that fiscal year. The bill requires that every school administrative unit receives the same amount of supplemental state revenue contribution funds per pupil regardless of the local cost share expectation calculated under the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act. This bill also repeals the authorization for the Department of Education to use the fund for administrative costs.

L.D. 390 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/03/17
An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill as emergency legislation proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, General Fund and other funds and change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019, as submitted by the Governor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5. The documents submitted by the Governor may be found here: http://legislature.maine.gov/documents/ros?aiv%5Bdocuments.title%5D=2018&tt=documents.

L.D. 380 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/11/17
An Act To Implement the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act in Maine
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act in Maine.

L.D. 379 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/08/17
An Act To Provide Stability and Continuity in the Department of Education
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to provide stability and continuity in the Department of Education by enacting measures designed to ensure the timely nomination of the Commissioner of Education and to discourage repeated appointments of acting commissioners.

L.D. 378 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/25/17
An Act To Promote Physical Activity for Schoolchildren
This bill requires all school administrative units to provide at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity for all students in kindergarten to grade 5. The bill provides that a teacher may restrict a student from engaging in physical activity if the physical activity presents a danger to the student or others or if the restriction is consistent with the student's individualized education program.

L.D. 356 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
An Act To Repeal Certain Requirements for Graduation from Secondary School
Under current law, in order to award to a student a diploma indicating graduation from secondary school, a school must certify that the student has demonstrated proficiency in each of the guiding principles set forth in rules adopted by the Department of Education. In accordance with rules adopted by the department, the guiding principles are measured using rubrics that assess and grade a student's proficiencies in being a clear and effective communicator, a self-directed and lifelong learner, a creative and practical problem solver, a responsible and involved citizen and an integrative and informed thinker. This bill repeals this requirement.

L.D. 355 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/13/17
An Act Regarding Special Education Costs
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to increase the speed with which the State reimburses towns for unexpected spikes in special education costs.

L.D. 354 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/23/17
An Act To Address the Shortage of School Administrative Professionals
This bill provides that limitations on conditions of restoration to service after retirement enacted in 2011 for state employees and teachers apply to school administrators. It also provides that, effective October 1, 2017, school administrators who have reached normal retirement age and who have retired after September 1, 2011 may be restored to service as school administrators for a maximum of 10 years: 5 years under one-year contracts with compensation set at 100% of the compensation established for the position and 5 years with compensation set at 75%.

L.D. 353 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
An Act To Reduce Absenteeism in Students from Kindergarten to Third Grade
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to direct the Department of Education to establish a program that provides incentives to parents or guardians of students in kindergarten to 3rd grade who are prone to absenteeism from school to encourage the parents or guardians to reduce or eliminate the absenteeism. The parent or guardian of a student who has been determined to have excessive absenteeism would be required to meet with a school administrator and social worker. Incentives may be offered, for example, cash rewards or gift cards to grocery stores. The program would be a public-private partnership, and the Department of Education would seek private or corporate partners to help provide or donate the incentives.

L.D. 337 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/01/17
An Act To Protect Jobs and the Maine Economy by Eliminating the 3% Income Tax Surcharge Imposed on Certain Mainers and the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education
This bill repeals the provisions establishing the Fund to Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education and the income tax surcharge of 3% imposed on taxable income of $200,000 or more, which is the source of revenue for the fund.

L.D. 334 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/01/17
An Act To Clarify the Uses of the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to amend the provisions of the Fund to Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education as enacted in Initiated Bill 2015, chapter 4 in order to clarify terminology and uses of the fund.

L.D. 333 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/30/17
An Act To Stabilize Maine's Educational Leadership and Vision
This bill changes the selection process for the position of Commissioner of Education. Instead of being appointed by the Governor, under this bill, the commissioner is selected by the State Board of Education in consultation with the Governor. The candidate selected by the State Board of Education would be subject to legislative review and confirmation.

L.D. 322 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/16/17
An Act To Reintroduce Civics to High School Graduation Requirements
This bill requires secondary schools to provide instruction in civics as part of the requirements for graduation.

L.D. 321 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/18/17
An Act To Enhance Safety on School Property
This bill creates the Class E crime of criminal trespass on school property if a person who is not authorized to be in or on school property enters or remains in or on the property that is posted. The bill also prohibits a person from staying on school property after being asked not to enter or being asked to leave the property by the principal, principal's designee, member of the school staff or law enforcement officer.

L.D. 301 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/30/17
An Act To Protect Children from Marijuana Sales by Prohibiting Retail Marijuana Establishments and Social Clubs near Schools
This bill restricts the licensing authority of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry under the Marijuana Legalization Act by prohibiting the issuance of a license under that Act to operate a retail marijuana establishment or a retail marijuana social club that is to be located within 2,000 feet of the property line of a preexisting school.

L.D. 272 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/30/17
An Act Requiring Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccinations for Teenagers
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education to adopt rules requiring that students 11 years of age or older and under 20 years of age receive meningococcal meningitis immunizations.

L.D. 266 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/30/17
An Act Regarding Funding for Children's Behavioral Health Day Treatment
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to examine rates paid by the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education and school administrative units for children's behavioral health day treatment and the survey and rate review process used to set these rates.

L.D. 256 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/21/17
An Act To Ensure Continued Availability of High-speed Broadband Internet at Maine's Schools and Libraries
This bill changes the limit on the amount collected on prepaid wireless telecommunications service from a percentage to a flat amount. This bill also requires the Public Utilities Commission to convene a stakeholder group to evaluate and provide recommendations regarding the method of collection of funds to support telecommunications access at libraries and public schools. The commission is required to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by January 30, 2018, and the committee is authorized to submit a bill based on the report.

L.D. 247 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/30/17
An Act To Amend the Retirement Laws Pertaining to Participating Local Districts
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to implement changes to the Participating Local District Consolidated Retirement Plan administered by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System; the changes would be based on recommendations of the Participating Local District Advisory Committee. The committee, which represents both employee and employer interests, is authorized by statute to provide proposals for changes to the plan. Pursuant to that authority, the committee is reviewing possible plan adjustments to improve future funding levels and is expected to issue its recommendations prior to the end of the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.

L.D. 228 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/23/17
An Act To Amend the Mathematics Requirements for High School Graduation
This bill prohibits requiring the secondary course of study in schools from including an advanced algebra course and prohibits requiring students to achieve proficiency in advanced algebra. The bill requires the Commissioner of Education to amend the rules by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year requiring students to complete an advanced algebra course.

L.D. 181 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/23/17
An Act To Improve Teacher Preparation Programs
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. The purpose of this bill is to attract and retain new teachers in the State. This bill proposes to create incentives to attract students to teacher education programs in colleges and universities in the State and to retain those students to teach in schools in the State after graduation. The bill also proposes to identify components of effective teacher preparation programs in colleges and universities, including, but not limited to, educating teachers to use technology in the classroom in new ways. To encourage new teachers to stay in the State, the bill also proposes to establish a tuition reduction and loan repayment program for new teachers who teach in the State for 5 years after graduation.

L.D. 174 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/23/17
An Act To Limit the Use of Pesticides on School Grounds
This bill restricts the use of pesticides on school grounds. It allows their use only in situations that pose a health threat to a student or staff member, in response to the presence of animals or insects identified as a public health nuisance or on agricultural fields in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. It permits their use on athletic fields when determined necessary by the school for the health and safety of the field and students. It requires the Commissioner of Education to adopt rules to implement landscaping design that minimizes or avoids the necessity of the use of pesticides on school grounds for new construction of school facilities.

L.D. 163 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/09/17
An Act To Strengthen the Enforcement of Maine's Labor Laws
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to strengthen the enforcement of Maine's laws governing labor and employment.

L.D. 158 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/23/17
An Act To Improve the Certification and Evaluation of New Educators and Administrators by Consolidating Standards
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to streamline the process for moving teachers and administrators from provisional certification to professional certification by including in that certification process elements of the locally adopted and state-approved evaluation system conducted by supervisory personnel that is used to evaluate and improve teacher and administrator performance. The local support system that includes the pairing of mentors with mentees and is commonly known as the professional learning community support system must remain distinctly separate from any evaluation by supervisory personnel.

L.D. 144 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/31/17
An Act To Create a Pilot Project To Reduce Substance Use Disorders among Youth in Piscataquis County To Be Used as a Model for All Maine Communities
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to establish a comprehensive, evidence-based pilot project in selected Piscataquis County communities and schools with the goal of reducing the harmful effects of substance use disorder and addiction. The pilot project will use best practices for screening high-risk children, early intervention and community and family support to prevent addiction and promote public health and safety. The pilot project must be administered by a local nonprofit entity with expertise in management and in the subject matter of the project. The bill provides funding for the planning and implementation of the pilot project, including, but not limited to, funding to:
  1. Employ one full-time person to lead and manage the implementation of the project;
  2. Engage outside consultants with expertise in planning, evaluation, training and technical assistance;
  3. Convene community partners to leverage local, state and federal resources;
  4. Train school staff and others working with priority populations;
  5. Screen and provide early intervention to children and families most at risk for substance use disorder and its related implications;
  6. Build school and community capacity to mitigate trauma and improve resilience; and
  7. Promote understanding of and decrease stigma surrounding substance use disorder.
The bill also provides funding for a professional evaluation of the pilot project and requires a report to the Legislature on the pilot project's effectiveness and ease of replication in other communities that are being affected by the opiate epidemic.

L.D. 143 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/19/17
An Act To Provide Funding for Upgrades of Learning Spaces and Other Projects Funded by the School Revolving Renovation Fund
This bill provides funds to be used to upgrade learning spaces in school buildings and for other necessary repairs approved by the Commissioner of Education.

L.D. 138 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 05/17/17
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Sex Offender Registry
This bill requires a person to register on the registry of sex offenders maintained by the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification when that person is a teacher, employee or other official having instructional, supervisory or disciplinary authority who is convicted of a Class D or Class C offense of gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact or unlawful sexual touching and the victim, regardless of the victim's age, is a student over whom that person has control. Class D sex offenses are considered Tier I offenses, requiring the offender to register for up to 10 years, and Class C sex offenses are considered Tier II offenses, requiring the offender to register for up to 25 years.

L.D. 129 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/16/17
An Act To Include Locally Funded School Construction Projects in the School Funding Formula
This bill amends the definition of debt service costs to include, for purposes of the school funding formula, the cost of locally funded major capital projects for school construction that are not approved by the State Board of Education.

L.D. 127 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 06/02/17
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age 20, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education
This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age 20, a major substantive rule of the Department of Education.

L.D. 122 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
An Act To Allow Schools To Operate Nonprofit Bingo Events for Children and Families
This bill allows elementary and secondary schools to operate beano or bingo games for the entertainment of and recreation for the schools' students and the students' families if the games are not for profit.

L.D. 96 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/15/17
An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools
This bill provides that a person 5 years of age or older who is enrolled in public day school is required to attend during the time it is in regular session. The bill provides that a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age may withdraw from school at any time within the 45 days after enrollment and may withdraw from school after 45 days after enrollment after consultation with the school board or its designee. The bill provides that students who are at least 5 years of age and enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are at least 7 years of age and have not completed grade 6 who are required to attend a public day school. The bill provides that a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age is not required to meet the alternatives to attendance requirements set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5001-A, subsection 3.

L.D. 95 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/23/17
An Act To Provide a Method for a Student To Be Excused from Standardized Testing
This bill requires a school administrative unit to excuse a student from a standardized assessment at the written request of the student's parent or guardian and establishes requirements for school administrative units and the Department of Education related to excusing a student.

L.D. 94 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 05/04/17
An Act To Provide a Source of Funding for Drug Abuse Resistance Education
This bill requires that the funds generated by forfeited firearms that are auctioned to federally licensed firearms dealers or the public be used to fund educational programs taught by law enforcement officers that target prevention of substance abuse, violence or high-risk behavior and teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. These educational programs are known as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

L.D. 86 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/22/17
An Act To Protect Worker Wages and Benefits
Current law provides that an employee whose employment has ceased is entitled to earned wages from the employer, including unused vacation time when paid vacation was included in the terms of employment, upon a reasonable time after that employee makes a demand for such payment from the employer, and that the employee may bring a civil action against an employer that does not comply with this requirement. This bill eliminates the requirement that the employee make a demand for the earned compensation with the employer. Instead, earned wages must be paid by the employer within a reasonable amount of time after the cessation of employment, regardless of whether the employee has made a demand for the wages.

L.D. 79 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Career and Technical Student Organizations
This bill provides a sales tax exemption to nonprofit career and technical education student organizations recognized by the Department of Education.

L.D. 74 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/20/17
An Act To Realign the State-Municipal Revenue Sharing Distribution
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to realign the percentage of revenue from the sales and use taxes, the service provider tax and the income taxes that is transferred monthly from the General Fund to the Local Government Fund under state-municipal revenue sharing.

L.D. 70 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/11/17
An Act To Allow Municipal Governing Boards of 3 Members To Perform Official Duties via Technology
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to allow municipal governing boards of 3 members to perform official duties via technology, such as conducting meetings remotely.

L.D. 66 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 06/19/17
An Act To Prohibit Public Employers from Acting as Collection Agents for Labor Unions
Current law allows a public employer to deduct service fees owed by an employee to a collective bargaining agent pursuant to a lawful collective bargaining agreement. This bill prohibits a public employer from collecting those fees or collecting member dues. This bill also eliminates language from the election statutes allowing a public employer to deduct dues or other funds from an employee's pay and remit those funds to the employee's collective bargaining agent.

L.D. 65 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment
This bill prohibits a person, either in the public or private sector, from being required to join a labor organization or pay any labor organization dues or fees as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, notwithstanding any state law to the contrary. A violation is a Class D crime and is also subject to civil damages and injunctive relief. The Attorney General is responsible for enforcement and is required to prosecute all violations.

L.D. 51 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
An Act Regarding the Withdrawal of a Single Municipality from a Regional School Unit
This bill adds requirements to an agreement for withdrawal of a single municipality from a regional school unit. The additional requirements are a plan for providing child nutrition services and an anticipated budget for the first year of operation of schools operated by the petitioning municipality. The bill requires the directors of a regional school unit board to respond to a proposed agreement of a withdrawing municipality within 30 days. It also authorizes a withdrawing municipality to request the Commissioner of Education to provide assistance to the withdrawing municipality and the directors of the regional school unit board in negotiations relating to the withdrawal agreement.

L.D. 50 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/23/17
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Teacher Certification
This bill provides that a person who has not completed an approved educator preparation program is eligible for a provisional teacher certificate if that person has satisfactorily completed a criminal history record check and attained certification from a nonprofit organization that was founded with United States Department of Education funding and that developed a certification program designed for professionals who want to change careers.

L.D. 49 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
An Act To Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine's Students
This bill requires the Department of Education to include the so-called Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten to grade 12 in the State's system of learning results and assessment and directs the Commissioner of Education to amend Department of Education rules on or before December 31, 2017 in order to include the science standards as part of the State's system of learning results and assessment beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

L.D. 48 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 03/09/17
An Act To Provide for Fairness in the Transfer of Students
Current law provides no appeal for a student denied a request to transfer to a school administrative unit that does not operate a public school that includes the grade level of the student. This bill provides that the appeals process that applies to other transfer students applies to such a student and explicitly makes the law regarding transfers apply to a transfer involving a private school approved for tuition purposes pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 117, subchapter 2.

L.D. 47 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers for high school students.

L.D. 43 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/25/17
Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study Higher Education Attainment and Completion Goals
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study Higher Education Attainment and Completion Goals. The task force membership consists of Legislators, representatives of quasi-governmental and business entities, state agency commissioners and one member of the public. The task force's duties include examination and review in the areas of college completion, statewide postsecondary education attainment goals and metrics, college affordability and completion initiatives and college and university support of state policies and strategies to enable college completion and support workforce development. The task force is required to submit a report containing its findings and recommendations, including any necessary implementing legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2017.

L.D. 40 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
An Act To Strengthen Requirements for Water Testing for Schools
Current law requires schools that take drinking water from sources other than public water systems to have that water tested. This bill requires schools that take drinking water from public water systems to have the same tests performed on that water, except that school buildings less than 10 years old are exempt from this requirement. Under the bill, after receiving results of school water tests, the Department of Education must make the results available to the public. The Department of Health and Human Services must make test results from nursery schools available to the public.

L.D. 38 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
An Act To Strengthen the Maine Children's Growth Council
This bill adds duties for the Maine Children's Growth Council. The bill requires the Maine Children's Growth Council to include additional information in the council's report to the Governor and certain legislative committees. It changes the reporting requirement from every 2 years to annually and includes the Legislative Council as a recipient of the report. The bill directs the Maine Children's Growth Council to develop an evaluation process and to periodically perform an evaluation of its effectiveness in performing its duties. The bill authorizes the Maine Children's Growth Council to receive staff assistance from the Child Development Services System and the Department of Health and Human Services.

L.D. 32 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/04/17
An Act To Increase the Size of Grants under the Maine State Grant Program
This bill increases the minimum grant amount under the Maine State Grant Program from $1,000 to $2,000, subject to the current grant amount modifications under the program.

L.D. 28 - STATUS: Passed - Latest Update: 04/26/17
An Act To Allow Alternate Flashing Headlights on a School Bus
This bill allows a school bus to be equipped with a device that provides for alternate flashing of the school bus's headlights.

L.D. 27 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/11/17
An Act To Exempt Sales to Parent-Teacher Organizations from the Sales Tax
This bill provides a sales tax exemption to parent-teacher organizations organized as public benefit corporations.

L.D. 23 - STATUS: Defeated - Latest Update: 04/25/17
An Act To Provide for Legislative Review of Federally Mandated Major Substantive Rules under the Maine Administrative Procedure Act
This bill repeals the provision of law that exempts from legislative review major substantive rules that must be adopted to comply with federal law or to qualify for federal funds.

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