Maine LD 1489: An Act To Clarify Expenditures Regarding Androscoggin County

LD 1489 (subjects: STATE FINANCES , BUDGET PROCEDURES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1489&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Margaret Rotundo of Lewiston: (D – District 59) — e-mail | Facebook

4 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
12/23/2015 House Received by the Clerk of the House on December 21, 2015.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS pursuant to Joint Rule 308.2 and ordered printed pursuant to Joint Rule 401.
3/15/2016 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
On OBJECTION of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan REMOVED.
The Committee Report was READ and ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-551) was READ and ADOPTED.
TOMORROW ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING.
3/16/2016 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
READ the Second Time.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-551).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/17/2016 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (H-551) READ and ADOPTED, in concurrence.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-551), in concurrence.

Ordered sent down forthwith.
3/22/2016 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/23/2016 Senate On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford PLACED ON THE SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE pending ENACTMENT in concurrence
4/15/2016 Senate On Motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford taken from the SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE. PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence
4/29/2016 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 666V
87 having voted in the affirmative and 61 in the negative, with 3 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Clarify Expenditures Regarding Androscoggin County

Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas, in Public Law 2015, chapter 267, the so-called biennial budget, the education funding formula law was amended to require the Commissioner of Education to disburse $75,000 over each of the fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17 for postsecondary education attainment in Androscoggin County; and

Whereas, the intent of the Legislature, as stated in the budget’s summary, was to provide this funding to College for ME – Androscoggin as had been done in fiscal year 2013-14; and

Whereas, the Commissioner of Education has not disbursed the funds since the intended recipient was not specifically named; and

Whereas, this legislation provides clarity by specifically naming College for ME – Androscoggin as the recipient of funding to allow for the disbursement of funds before the end of this fiscal year; and

Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 15689-A, sub- 24, as amended by PL 2015, c. 267, Pt. C, 14, is repealed.

Sec. 2. Payment of funds in fiscal year 2015-16 to College for ME – Androscoggin. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the State Controller shall pay $75,000 to College for ME – Androscoggin no later than June 30, 2016 from funds appropriated to the All Other line category in the Department of Education, General Purpose Aid for Local Schools Program General Fund account in fiscal year 2015-16 to support individuals aspiring to attend college and support postsecondary degree attainment initiatives in Androscoggin County.

Sec. 3. Payment of funds in fiscal year 2016-17 to College for ME – Androscoggin. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the State Controller shall pay $75,000 to College for ME – Androscoggin no later than June 30, 2017 from funds appropriated to the All Other line category in the Department of Education, General Purpose Aid for Local Schools Program General Fund account in fiscal year 2016-17 to support individuals aspiring to attend college and support postsecondary degree initiatives in Androscoggin County.

Sec. 4. Retroactivity. That section of this Act that repeals the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15689-A, subsection 24 applies retroactively to June 30, 2015.

Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.

SUMMARY

Public Law 2015, chapter 267 amended the education funding formula statute to require the Commissioner of Education to disburse $75,000 over each of the fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17 for postsecondary education attainment in Androscoggin County; the intent of this disbursement was to provide funding to College for ME – Androscoggin to provide financial assistance for individuals in Androscoggin County who wanted to attend college or obtain a postsecondary degree. Because College for ME – Androscoggin was not specifically named in the amended statute, the funds were not disbursed.

This bill repeals the statute requiring the Commissioner of Education to disburse the funds and instead requires the State Controller to disburse $75,000 to College for ME – Androscoggin in each of the fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17. The funds are appropriated from the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools Program General Fund account to be used to support individuals aspiring to attend college and support postsecondary degree attainment initiatives in Androscoggin County.

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