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L.D. 153 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/16/19
An Act To Strengthen Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water
This bill requires all schools to test water used for drinking or culinary purposes for lead using water testing kits or by submitting samples of water to an approved laboratory for lead testing. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish by major substantive rule water lead levels, testing protocols, appropriate abatement and mitigation methods and public notification requirements. It directs the department to provisionally adopt major substantive rules and submit them to the Legislature no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 10, 2020. It provides that the department has the authority to issue an order reducing exposure to lead until the elevated water lead levels are abated or mitigated. It provides that water lead abatement or mitigation efforts will receive Priority 1 status for receipt of funds from the School Revolving Renovation Fund in the custody of the Maine Municipal Bond Bank.

L.D. 152 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/16/19
An Act To Prohibit the Possession and Use of Electronic Smoking Devices on School Grounds
This bill includes in the prohibition against tobacco use in elementary or secondary schools the possession of an electronic smoking device, which is defined as a device used to deliver nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that may be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the device, including, without limitation, a device manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic pipe, electronic hookah or so-called vape pen.

L.D. 151 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/16/19
An Act To Align State Law with Current Practice Regarding Required School Attendance
This bill changes the age at which children are required to begin attending school from 7 years of age to 6 years of age.

L.D. 150 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/16/19
An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools
This bill provides that unless a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age who is enrolled in a public day school withdraws from the school, the person is required to attend the school during the time it is in session. It provides that students who are at least 5 years of age and have not completed grade 6 and are 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. It 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. 149 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/16/19
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Student Debt Forgiveness To Support Workforce Attraction and Retention
This bill:
  1. Requires a General Fund bond obligation in the amount of $250,000,000 for a program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to provide funds for payment of student loan debt for individuals who agree to live and work in Maine for 5 years and to reimburse employers that make student loan debt payments on behalf of their employees who agree to live and work in Maine for 5 years; and
  2. Establishes the Maine Student Loan Debt Relief Program and the Maine Student Loan Debt Relief Fund and requires the Finance Authority of Maine to adopt major substantive rules to implement the program and submit the rules to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

L.D. 148 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/16/19
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund and To Give Priority Status to Certain School Facility Upgrades
The funds provided by the bond issue in Part A of this bill, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to recapitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund for the purpose of providing funds to public schools for renovation and capital repairs. Part B of this bill gives upgrades of facilities required to meet prekindergarten facility standards and for prekindergarten capacity building Priority 4 status for loans from the fund to school administrative units for school repair and renovation.

L.D. 147 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/16/19
An Act To Extend Internet Availability in Rural Maine
This bill provides one-time funding for 2 years for a program that provides mobile wireless hot spot devices to libraries in Washington County.

L.D. 137 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/16/19
An Act To Make the Maine Learning Technology Initiative More Cost-effective
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to make the Department of Education's Maine Learning Technology Initiative, or "MLTI," more cost-effective for schools and for the State, thus allowing participation by increased numbers of students. The cost-saving measures may include, but are not limited to, eliminating the ability of school administrative units to choose higher-cost technology options.

L.D. 136 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/16/19
An Act To Establish a Special Education Circuit Breaker Reimbursement Program
This bill establishes the special education circuit breaker reimbursement program, in which the Department of Education reimburses school administrative units, for a student whose eligible special education costs exceed 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate, 75% of the amount of the special education costs that are above 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate. The bill requires the department to distribute reimbursements to eligible school administrative units on a quarterly basis, and the reimbursements must be deposited in a separate revolving account that may be spent only on approved special education services.

L.D. 122 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/16/19
An Act To Prohibit an Employer from Asking a Prospective Hire about the Person's Compensation History until after a Job Offer Is Made
This bill prohibits an employer from inquiring about a prospective employee's compensation history until after an offer of employment that includes all terms of compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee. The bill also prohibits an employer from requiring that a prospective employee's compensation history meet certain criteria. An employer that violates this provision is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 per violation and is also subject to a civil action that may be brought by or on behalf of an affected prospective employee by the Department of Labor or the affected employee.

L.D. 98 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/14/19
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 122: Grant Application and Award Procedure: Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education
This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 122: Grant Application and Award Procedure: Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services, a major substantive rule of the Department of Education.

L.D. 97 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/14/19
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 38: Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education
This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 38: Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools, a major substantive rule of the Department of Education.

L.D. 94 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/11/19
An Act To Prohibit the Dissemination of Obscene Material by Public Schools
This bill removes public schools from the institutional exceptions to the law prohibiting the dissemination of obscene material to minors.

L.D. 92 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/11/19
An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation Requirements
This bill clarifies that the use of student learning and growth data to inform instruction is included as part of the multiple measures of educator effectiveness. The bill also requires the Department of Education to submit a provisionally adopted rule to the Legislature by January 10, 2020.

L.D. 65 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/11/19
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Impose a Seasonal or Year-round Local Option Sales Tax
This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. The referendum question must identify the rate of the local option sales tax, specify the months during which it will be imposed if not year-round and identify the purposes for which the revenue will be used. The local option sales tax would be collected and administered by the State in the same manner as the sales and use tax. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed to the municipality imposing the local option sales tax. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.

L.D. 63 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/11/19
An Act To Improve Responsiveness of Elected School Boards to the Public
This bill clarifies that a school board is accountable to the residents of the school board's district, who are the school board's constituents.

L.D. 55 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/11/19
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. 40 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/08/19
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study Children's Mental Health
This resolve establishes the Commission To Study Children's Mental Health to study the mental health of children in the State and federal and state laws, regulations, rules and policies governing the diagnosis and treatment of children with mental health issues.

L.D. 29 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/08/19
Resolve, To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State by Establishing a Work Group To Develop Educational Programming for Prevention of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders among Youth and Adolescents
This resolve is based on recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State, which submitted its report to the Legislature in December 2017. The resolve requires the Department of Education to establish a work group to evaluate existing substance use prevention programs targeting school-age children, investigate prevention programs that have proven effective in other areas of the United States or in other countries, identify funding resources and determine how prevention programs should be incorporated into education curricula. The work group must include representatives of educational, law enforcement and public health organizations. The department is required to submit a report of the findings of the work group no later than January 1, 2020 to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters.

L.D. 19 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/04/19
An Act To Require Public School Buses To Be Equipped with School Bus Crossing Arms
This bill requires school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, which is a device requiring students to walk at least 10 feet in front of the school bus to cross the roadway.

L.D. 14 - STATUS: Pending - Latest Update: 01/04/19
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, 2019 in order to include the science standards as part of the State's system of learning results and assessment beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.

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