Education Committee schedule: April 7, 2009

Update 5:52PM: Committee votes to forgive the penalties on the 17 "good" municipalities by embedding relief language in the budget bill

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SP 252, LD 677
An Act To Lower the Cost of State Government in the Departments under the Purview of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs
Apr 7, 2009, 0100PM
Cross Building Room 202

HP 702, LD 1027
Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Include the Study of Family and Consumer Science in the System of Learning Results
Apr 7, 2009, 0100PM
Cross Building Room 202

HP 711, LD 1036
An Act To Amend the Education Laws Regarding the State Board of Education's Degree-granting Authority, the Appeal of a School Board's Decision To Discharge a Su...
Apr 7, 2009, 0100PM
Cross Building Room 202

HP 735, LD 1068
An Act To Extend the Summer Tourism Season and Thereby Increase Sales Tax Revenues by Requiring that the School Year in Maine Begin After Labor Day
Apr 7, 2009, 0100PM
Cross Building Room 202

HP 744, LD 1077
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Establish The Maine Academy of Living Treasures
Apr 7, 2009, 0100PM
Cross Building Room 202

Work Sessions

HP 481, LD 698
An Act To Allow School Budget Validation Referenda To Be Held on a Saturday
Apr 7, 2009, 0400PM
Cross Building Room 202

HP 509, LD 750
An Act To Exempt Certain Municipalities from the Requirement To Hold Referenda on School Budgets
Apr 7, 2009, 0400PM
Cross Building Room 202

Laptop initiative

The Committee is scheduling a "public work session" to discuss the laptops next Wednesday.

The idea is to remove this issue as far as possible form the budget and not to preclude the likelihood of having the initiative subject to a separate legislative vote.

AG opinion

Next Thursday, the Assistant AG will meet with the Education Committee to answer questions about what aspects of penalties and repeal can be expected to constitute "a competing measure."

Forgiving the penalties on the "good" municipalities

After extensive discussion, the Committee just voted to extract the content of Rep Fitts bill (which forgives the penalties for the 17 (or 16?) communities that voted "YES" to enter into reorganizations that failed due opposing votes by their reorganization partners) and embed the language in the budget.

The idea is that this concept is widely supported and, as part of a two-thirds vote, this does an end-run around the problem of competing measures.

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Senator Alfond reports that the Appropriations Committee chairs and legislative leadership have endorsed the Committee's concept of holding the remaining penalty money in escrow until after the November repeal referendum.