2012 Legislation: ENACTED

LD 675: An Act To Establish Multidistrict Online Classes in Maine, Senator Alfond

    ...allows nonresident students to enroll in a school administrative unit's online learning program, with the school administrative unit of residence for that student to pay the enrolling school administrative unit the student's tuition for the program. The bill also directs the Department of Education to create a stakeholder group to study the opportunities in and challenges of creating one online learning program for the State and to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 4, 2012. ... amendment strikes and replaces the bill to create a resolve that directs the Department of Education to create a working group to study the opportunities in and challenges of establishing multidistrict online learning options for students in the State and to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs by January 4, 2013. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs is authorized to submit a bill to the 126th Legislature.

Last Senate Action 2/22/2012 - FINALLY PASSED, in concurrence.

LD 1592: An Act To Update the Laws Concerning the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Representative Bernard Ayotte

    ...updates the laws concerning the Maine School of Science and Mathematics to change the designation of the school from a chartered school to a magnet school and changes the title of "superintendent" of the school to "executive director" to avoid confusion with other statutory terms.

ENACTED, Feb 9, 2012

LD 1696: An Act To Modify the Alternative Organizational Structure Budget Approval Process, Rep Burns

    ...allows the budget of an alternative organizational structure formed pursuant to the laws governing the consolidation of school units to be approved by the governing body of the alternative organizational structure rather than at a meeting of the voters of all of the member entities of the alternative organizational structure if such a budget approval process is approved by the governing body of the alternative organizational structure and at a referendum by the voters of all of the member entities of the alternative organizational structure.

Committee Report: Feb 8, 2012, Ought to Pass
Last Senate Action 2/28/2012 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

LD 1723: Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review 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, Rep Richardson

    ... provides for legislative review 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.

Committee Report: Feb 15, 2012, Ought to Pass
Signed by the Governor (Emergency Measure)

LD 1772: An Act To Enforce Prompt Payment to Career and Technical Education Regions, Rep Gifford

    ...enforces prompt payment from school administrative units to career and technical education regions. This bill establishes a process, similar to the process established in statute for school administrative unit assessments and regional school unit assessments, that authorizes the imposition of interest on unpaid installments of the amounts owed by school administrative units for their shares of the applicable career and technical education region assessment.

Committee Report: Feb 2, 2012, Ought to Pass
2/28/2012 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED

LD 1775: Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization and Approval of Education Personnel, Parts I and II, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education and the State Board of Education, Rep Richardson

    ...provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization and Approval of Education Personnel, Parts I and II, a major substantive rule of the Department of Education and the State Board of Education.

Last Senate Action 3/7/2012 - FINALLY PASSED