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L.D. 1693—An Act To Advance Health Equity, Improve the Well-being of All Maine People and Create a Health Trust
L.D. 1679—An Act To Address Student Hunger through Expanding Access to Free School Meals
L.D. 1672—An Act To Require That Private Schools That Enroll 60 Percent or More Publicly Funded Students Meet Certain Requirements - Funding; Curriculum
L.D. 1664—An Act To Integrate African American Studies into American History Education - Curriculum
L.D. 1652—An Act To Build a Child Care System by Recruiting and Retaining Maine's Early Childhood Educators Workforce - Funding
L.D. 1633—An Act To Require Responsible Contracting Practices for Public Construction Projects
L.D. 1632—An Act To Update the Laws Regarding the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf
L.D. 1579—An Act To Transition State and Local Motor Vehicle Fleets to 100 Percent Zero-emission Vehicles
L.D. 1578—An Act To Permit Remote Access for Public Proceedings
L.D. 1519—An Act To Increase Workplace Transparency with Regard to Arbitration Agreements, the Rights of Employees and Legal Remedies
L.D. 1517—An Act To Establish the Maine Workforce, Research, Development and Student Achievement Institute
L.D. 1512—An Act To Create the Office of the Education Ombudsman and To Establish a Commission To Study the Creation of a Reporting and Response System To Assist Public Schools in Addressing Incidents of Bias, Discrimination and Harassment - Administration; Teachers
L.D. 1509—An Act To Provide That Maine's School Bus Drivers Are Eligible for Unemployment Insurance in Certain Circumstances
L.D. 1502—An Act To Clarify Safety Issues in Schools with Respect to Health-related States of Emergency - School Safety; School Boards
L.D. 1501—An Act To Protect Oral Health for Children in Maine
L.D. 1474—An Act To Promote Outdoor Recreational Opportunities for Maine Students
L.D. 1465—An Act To Remove Barriers to Occupational Licensing Due to Criminal Records
L.D. 1451—An Act To Align the Expulsion Process with School Disciplinary Policies - School Boards
L.D. 1449—An Act To Provide for Education Funding Reform for More Equitable State Support to Communities - Funding
L.D. 1444—An Act To Prohibit Cyberbullying of School Employees by Students
L.D. 1429—An Act To Implement the Most Time-sensitive Recommendations of the Maine Climate Council
L.D. 1426—An Act To Provide for the Equitable Funding of Education Chosen by Maine Families - Funding
L.D. 1422—An Act To Strengthen Laws Protecting Members of Law Enforcement and Promote In-classroom Drug Use Avoidance Education - Funding
L.D. 1413—An Act To Provide Equity in the State Income Tax Deduction for Certain Public Employees Retirement System Pensions
L.D. 1412—An Act To Require the Department of Education To Provide Information to Students Allowing Them To Make Informed Choices Regarding Their Education and Professional Futures
L.D. 1411—An Act To Establish the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act
L.D. 1404—An Act To Legalize Sports Betting and Strengthen Public Education - Funding
L.D. 1403—An Act To Protect Maine Businesses, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions and Municipalities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
L.D. 1402—An Act To Remove a Requirement Regarding Payment of Union Fees
L.D. 1401—An Act To Prohibit Biological Males from Participating in School Athletic Programs and Activities Designated for Females at Schools That Receive Federal Funding - Funding
L.D. 1393—An Act To Protect a Parent's and Guardian's Right to Educational Information Regarding a Juvenile Student
L.D. 1389—An Act To Improve Maritime Education in Maine - Charter Schools; Funding
L.D. 1388—An Act To Require Testing of Public Drinking Water Supplies for Toxic Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and To Establish Maximum Contaminant Levels
L.D. 1383—An Act To Limit Homework in Public Schools - School Boards
L.D. 1379—An Act To Establish a Lifetime Substitute Teacher Certification for Established and Successful Educators - Teachers
L.D. 1373—An Act To Keep All Maine Students Safe by Restricting the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools - Special Education
L.D. 1343—An Act To Create Education Choices by Creating Education Savings Accounts for Maine Students - Funding
L.D. 1340—An Act To Ensure Municipal Compliance with Federal Immigration Laws - Funding
L.D. 1339—An Act To Clarify That Municipal Firefighters, Volunteer First Responders and Substitute Teachers Are Excluded from Maine Earned Paid Leave
L.D. 1323—An Act To Maximize Service to Students by Adopting Conditional Allowances for Participation by Families of School Board Members in School Activities - School Boards
L.D. 1318—An Act To Increase High School Graduation Rates for Students Experiencing Education Disruption
L.D. 1304—An Act To Create the Career and Technical Education Workforce Fund - Funding
L.D. 1279—An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage
L.D. 1274—An Act Regarding 2021 Municipal Elections and Town Meetings
L.D. 1260—An Act To Promote the Sustainability of Unemployment Insurance by Linking the Duration of Benefits to the State's Average Unemployment Rate
L.D. 1259—An Act To Restore a School District's Ability To Authorize New Types of Schools and Programs - Charter Schools
L.D. 1250—An Act To Allow Law Enforcement Officers with Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Clearance To Carry a Concealed Weapon
L.D. 1235—An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Connect Maine with a World-class Internet Infrastructure
L.D. 1227—An Act To Provide Equity in the State Income Tax Deduction for Certain Public Employees Retirement System Pensions
L.D. 1226—Resolve, Directing the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations To Examine Restorative Justice
L.D. 1222—An Act To Reduce Property Taxes of Seniors in an Amount Equal to the Cost of Education
L.D. 1210—An Act To Remove Barriers to Employment by Sealing the Records of Persons Convicted of Certain Nonviolent Crimes
L.D. 1207—An Act To Maintain the Current Level of Education Funding - Funding
L.D. 1198—An Act Authorizing an Increase to the Maximum Annual Fund Balance for Public School Districts - Funding; School Boards
L.D. 1190—An Act To Support the Provision of Universal, Affordable Broadband Internet
L.D. 1189—An Act To Amend the Teacher Certification Statutes - Teachers
L.D. 1188—An Act To Include Librarians and Career and Technical Education Teachers in the Minimum $40,000 Salary Initiative - Teachers
L.D. 1186—An Act To Require a Course Regarding the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Maine To Be Taught to High School Seniors - Curriculum
L.D. 1174—An Act To Allow Municipalities To Send Separate Tax Bills for Municipal, County and School Taxes
L.D. 1172—An Act To Delay State-mandated Teacher and Principal Evaluation - Teachers
L.D. 1169—An Act To Improve Teacher Certification during Staffing Shortages - Teachers
L.D. 1167—An Act Relating to Fair Chance in Employment
L.D. 1149—An Act To Provide Exemptions from Certain Teacher Certification Examination Requirements - Teachers
L.D. 1148—Resolve, To Increase Broadband Access in Private Nonmedical Institutions
L.D. 1145—An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax on Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions
L.D. 1131—An Act To Allow Reciprocity for Licensed Workers from Out of State
L.D. 1118—An Act To Promote Reliable Rural High-speed Internet
L.D. 1114—An Act To Require the State To Meet the Mandatory 55 Percent Contribution to Schools - Funding
L.D. 1108—An Act To Promote Legislative Oversight of Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds
L.D. 1107—An Act To Create Needed Broadband Infrastructure in Rural Maine through the Establishment of a Satellite-based Broadband Grant Program
L.D. 1105—Resolve, Directing the Maine Public Employees Retirement System To Convene a Working Group To Investigate Public Pension Options
L.D. 1082—An Act To Improve Educational Opportunities by Exempting Children Who Attend Virtual Public Charter Schools from Immunization Requirements and Expanding Enrollment at Virtual Public Charter Schools - Charter Schools
L.D. 1072—An Act Regarding Career and Technical Education and Memoranda of Understanding with Community Colleges
L.D. 1060—An Act To Increase the State Revenue from Casino Net Income, Reallocate the State Distribution and Provide Tax Uniformity - Funding
L.D. 1050—An Act Regarding the Duties of School Boards Pursuant to the Laws Governing Attendance at Elementary and Secondary Schools - School Boards
L.D. 1049—Resolve, To Promote the Education of Students Who Participate in Sex Education Classes Regarding Common Cancer Symptoms, the Bone Marrow Registry and Organ Donation
L.D. 1040—An Act To Require Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training or Implicit Bias Training for School Resource Officers
L.D. 1014—An Act To Repeal the School Bus Reimbursement Formula and Replace It with Essential Programs and Services Funding - Funding
L.D. 1008—An Act To Require Joint Use Entities To Establish Permanent Liaisons with All County Emergency Management Agencies
L.D. 993—An Act To Prevent the Spread of Infectious Disease in Schools
L.D. 982—An Act To Protect against Discrimination by Public Entities
L.D. 979—An Act To Expand Maine's School-based Health Centers
L.D. 975—An Act To Create an Additional Pathway To Certify Industrial Arts Teachers To Foster Career and Technical Subjects in Maine Schools - Teachers
L.D. 965—An Act Concerning Nondisclosure Agreements in Employment
L.D. 961—An Act To Provide Equity in Access to Applications for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program
L.D. 938—An Act To Ensure Maine Workers' Right To Request a Schedule Change at Their Places of Employment
L.D. 933—An Act To Facilitate the Expansion of Broadband to Unserved Areas of the State
L.D. 926—An Act To Ban Biological Males from Participating in Women's Sports
L.D. 924—Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities To Identify Barriers to Full Societal Integration
L.D. 914—An Act To Meet the State's Obligation To Pay 55 Percent of Education Costs - Funding
L.D. 912—An Act To Extend Family Medical Leave to Hourly School Employees
L.D. 896—An Act Concerning Mental Health in Public Schools
L.D. 880—An Act To Protect School Employees from Workplace Bullying - Teachers
L.D. 864—An Act To Protect Teachers' Privacy While Delivering Remote Instruction - Teachers
L.D. 854—An Act To Ensure Continued School-based Services for Children with Disabilities - Special Education
L.D. 848—An Act To Increase High-speed Internet In Rural Maine
L.D. 838—An Act To Exempt Substitutes, Coaches and Temporary Employees in the Education System from Paid Sick Leave Requirements
L.D. 833—An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Vaccines by Reinstating Religious Exemptions
L.D. 824—An Act To Extend the Protections Provided to State Employees upon the Expiration of Labor Contracts to Other Public Sector Employees
L.D. 816—An Act To Improve Communication between School Boards and Educators by Requiring Notice of Discussion of Labor Matters - School Boards; Negotiations
L.D. 815—An Act To Support School Decarbonization
L.D. 807—An Act To Ensure Equitable Access to Mobile Hotspots for Maine Students - Funding
L.D. 805—An Act To Allow Municipalities To Prohibit Firearms at Voting Places
L.D. 786—An Act To Direct the Department of Labor To Work with the Department of Education and Colleges and Universities and Career and Technical Education Centers To Develop a Preapprenticeship Program and Career Ladder for the Direct Care Workforce
L.D. 778—An Act To Enable Electronic Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect for Certain Mandated Reporters
L.D. 777—An Act To Correct Career and Technical Education Funding - Funding
L.D. 775—An Act To Include within the Definitions of "Public Employee" and "Judicial Employee" Those Who Have Been Employed for Less Than 6 Months
L.D. 773—An Act To Assist Public School Students and Families Who Are Homeless
L.D. 772—An Act To Permit Naloxone Possession, Prescription, Administration and Distribution in Public and Private Schools
L.D. 762—An Act To Clarify the Response to Truancy under the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act
L.D. 758—Resolve, To Study Streamlining the Background Check Process for State-licensed Professions That Require Background Checks - Teachers
L.D. 746—An Act Regarding Remote Participation in Municipal Meetings
L.D. 742—Resolve, To Track Youth Mental Health during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency by Ensuring the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey Is Conducted during the 2020-2021 School Year
L.D. 734—An Act To Set a Minimum Wage for School Support Staff
L.D. 723—An Act To Amend the Laws Establishing Regional School Units
L.D. 720—An Act To Provide Funds to Aroostook County for Broadband Development
L.D. 707—An Act To Promote Student Health by Requiring School Administrative Units To Offer Extracurricular Sports as a Requirement of Receiving State Education Funds - Funding
L.D. 705—Resolve, To Improve Air Quality and Ventilation in Maine's Public Schools
L.D. 703—An Act To Increase the Amount to Which a State Employee or Teacher Retiree's Cost-of-living Adjustment Is Applied from $20,000 to the Retiree's Actual Retirement Benefit - Teachers
L.D. 702—An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund - Funding
L.D. 701—An Act To Require the Education of High School Students in Certain Life Skills - Curriculum
L.D. 683—An Act To Allow Maine Nonprofit Corporations To Hold Meetings Electronically
L.D. 680—Resolve, To Reestablish the Task Force To Study the Creation of a Comprehensive Career and Technical Education System
L.D. 677—An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations by Amending the Laws Governing Arbitration under Certain Public Employees Labor Relations Laws
L.D. 668—An Act To Ensure Public Accountability While Implementing a Practical Approach to Remote Participation
L.D. 655—An Act To Require at Least a 30-minute Lunch Period for Students
L.D. 651—An Act To Stabilize Student Count in Maine's School Funding Formula - Funding
L.D. 650—An Act To Increase Funding for School Construction Projects - Funding
L.D. 643—An Act To Direct the Department of Education To Establish a Working Group To Determine Best Practices and Accountability Standards for School Boards To Manage the Performance of Superintendents - School Boards; Administration
L.D. 642—An Act To Ensure That Children Receive Behavioral Health Services
L.D. 639—An Act To Improve Professional Training for School Counselors
L.D. 636—An Act To Encourage the Purchase of Local Foods for Public Schools - Funding
L.D. 633—Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Implement Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training for Educators - Administration; Teachers
L.D. 620—Resolve, To Develop a Plan for Teachers To Collect Social Security - Teachers
L.D. 607—An Act To Restore Overtime Protections for Maine Workers
L.D. 606—An Act Regarding the Child Protection System
L.D. 604—An Act To Promote Accountability in Maine's Charter Schools - Charter Schools; Funding
L.D. 598—An Act To Prohibit Discrimination in Employment and School Based on Hair Texture or Hairstyle
L.D. 572—An Act To Assist Students in Preparing for Opportunities To Live and Work in Maine
L.D. 567—An Act To Amend the Penalty for Early Retirement for Certain Members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System
L.D. 566—An Act To Address Labor Market Inequities in the School Funding Formula - Funding
L.D. 555—An Act To Expand the Rights of Public Sector Employees
L.D. 553—An Act To End At-will Employment
L.D. 552—An Act To Strengthen the Individualized Education Program Process
L.D. 550—Resolve, Directing the State Board of Education To Adopt Rules Prohibiting Teachers in Public Schools from Engaging in Political, Ideological or Religious Advocacy in the Classroom - Teachers; Curriculum
L.D. 549—An Act To Include Community Service Hours in High School Graduation Standards
L.D. 548—An Act Regarding Penalties for Early Retirement for Certain Members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System
L.D. 524—An Act To Require Schools To Submit Pest Management Activity Logs to the Board of Pesticides Control and the Posting of Inspection Results for the Purpose of Providing Information to the Public
L.D. 519—An Act To Protect Children from Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
L.D. 518—Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Review and Assess Existing Educational Mandates - Curriculum
L.D. 516—Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Review Career and Technical Education Courses and Provide Guidance on High School Credit Equivalencies - Curriculum
L.D. 509—An Act To Protect Teachers from a Decrease in Retirement Benefits Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic - Teachers
L.D. 474—An Act Regarding School Discipline for Maine's Youngest Children - Administration
L.D. 452—An Act To Require Certain Schools To Provide Menstrual Products
L.D. 449—An Act To Strengthen the Ability of Public Employers and Unions To Negotiate - Negotiations
L.D. 444—An Act To Create Parity between Department of Education Recommendations and Maine Principals' Association Guidelines for Sports
L.D. 435—An Act To Provide a Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Certain Educational Collaboratives
L.D. 430—An Act To Provide for School Choice and Online Learning Opportunities in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Charter Schools
L.D. 429—An Act To Protect the Health of Students and Educators by Requiring the Establishment of Health and Safety Committees in School Administrative Units - School Safety
L.D. 414—An Act To Create Parity between Private Schools and Public Schools Regarding Career and Technical Education Tuition Rates
L.D. 380—An Act To Change the Statutory Cap on Virtual Public Charter School Enrollment - Charter Schools
L.D. 374—An Act To Allow Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and Their Spouses To Apply for Temporary Occupational Licenses and Certifications
L.D. 362—Resolve, To Require the Department of Education To Form a Family Income Data Collection Working Group
L.D. 358—An Act To Protect Workers from Unsafe Working Conditions with Regard to Indoor Temperatures
L.D. 350—An Act To Increase the Number of Courses Regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder That Count toward Special Education Certification - Special Education; Teachers
L.D. 334—An Act To Help Maine Students Catch Up and Keep Up by Providing Remedial and Compensatory Assistance in Response to Education Disruption - Curriculum
L.D. 331—An Act To Protect Student Privacy
L.D. 326—An Act To Authorize Lifetime Teaching Certificates - Teachers
L.D. 325—An Act To Expand the Definition of "Education Disruption" To Include States of Emergency That Limit Students' Access to On-site Education for Longer Than 15 School Days- Curriculum
L.D. 313—An Act To Advance Career and Technical Education Opportunities in Maine - Curriculum
L.D. 298—An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Capital Improvements and Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions To Prepare Students To Join Maine's Workforce - Funding
L.D. 293—An Act To Increase the State's Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers - Teachers; Funding
L.D. 286—An Act To Make Election Day a State Holiday
L.D. 281—An Act To Address Student Achievement Gaps - Curriculum
L.D. 278—An Act To Establish a Process for the Consideration and Implementation of Changes to Mandated Instruction or Training for Students - Curriculum
L.D. 277—An Act To Discontinue the Use of the SAT in Maine Schools
L.D. 275—An Act To Amend the Retirement Laws Pertaining to Certain Educational Technicians
L.D. 270—An Act To Amend the Regional Adjustment Index To Ensure School Districts Do Not Receive Less than the State Average for Teacher Salaries - Teachers; Funding
L.D. 261—Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Study Truancy Trends in the State and Develop Recommendations for Increasing Student Attendance and Reducing Truancy
L.D. 255—An Act To Ensure Student Success
L.D. 247—An Act To Improve Maine's Education System
L.D. 238—An Act Concerning Civics Instruction - Curriculum
L.D. 225—An Act Regarding the Treatment of Vacation Time upon the Cessation of Employment
L.D. 221—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, 2021, June 30, 2022 and June 30, 2023 - Funding
L.D. 220—An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2021 - Funding
L.D. 217—An Act To Make Contributions Made To Pay Off School Meal Debt Tax-deductible
L.D. 215—An Act To Require Instruction on the History of Genocide and the Holocaust - Curriculum
L.D. 206—Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 234: Lead Testing in School Drinking Water Rule, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
L.D. 189—An Act To Permit All Public Employers To Implement Payroll Deductions for Disability and Life Insurance Policies
L.D. 187—An Act To Require Education about African-American History and the History of Genocide - Curriculum
L.D. 177—An Act To Improve Labor Laws for Workers in Maine
L.D. 176—An Act To Facilitate a Grade 9 to 16 School Project - Curriculum
L.D. 156—An Act To Promote School Attendance by Exempting Virtual Public Charter School and Private School Students from Immunization Requirements
L.D. 144—An Act To Fund Capital Improvements to Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions To Bolster Maine's Future Workforce - Funding
L.D. 138—An Act To Increase Student Reading Proficiency - Curriculum
L.D. 135—An Act To Address Issues in Funding Prekindergarten Programs - Funding
L.D. 127—Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Program To Provide Grants for Professional Development in Computer Science Instruction - Curriculum
L.D. 111—An Act To Allow Career Educators To Retire without Penalty - Administration; Teachers
L.D. 104—An Act To Protect the Health of Student Athletes by Requiring the Establishment of Procedures To Report Concussions
L.D. 100—An Act To Establish the General Election Date in United States Presidential Election Years as a State Holiday
L.D. 97—An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union
L.D. 96—An Act To Create Fairness in the Treatment of Students by Retaining Students with Certain Vaccine Exemptions
L.D. 84—An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers - Teachers
L.D. 83—An Act To Clarify the Meaning of "Unserved Area" within the State's Broadband Service Laws
L.D. 70—An Act To Allow a Parent or Guardian of a Student Who Has Been Affected by COVID-19 To Keep the Student in the Student's Current Grade Level
L.D. 68—An Act To Introduce a Career and Fiscal Management Elective Course at the High School Level - Curriculum
L.D. 61—An Act To Include Grandparents under Maine's Family Medical Leave Laws
L.D. 55—An Act To Protect Minority Religious Groups by Eliminating the Prior Approval Requirement for a School Absence for a Recognized Religious Holiday
L.D. 52—An Act Regarding Collective Bargaining Negotiations by Public Employers of Teachers - Teachers; Negotiations
L.D. 44—An Act To Establish the Summer Success Pilot Program Fund
L.D. 32—An Act Regarding Remote Participation in Public Proceedings - School Boards
L.D. 23—An Act To Reinstate and Increase the Income Tax Deduction for Contributions to Education Savings Plans
L.D. 2—An Act To Require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the Legislative Process