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L.D. 633 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 02/15/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/15/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/15/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/15/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/08/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/08/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/08/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/08/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/08/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/07/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/03/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/03/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/03/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/03/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/03/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/03/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/02/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/02/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/02/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/02/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/02/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/02/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/02/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 02/01/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/30/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/30/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/30/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/30/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/23/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/19/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/19/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/19/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/19/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/17/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/17/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/17/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/17/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/17/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/17/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/12/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/11/17
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: Pending - Latest Update: 01/11/17
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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