Maine LD 311: An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools

LD 311 (subjects: SCHOOL POLICIES , ATTENDANCE )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=311&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Nathan Libby of Androscoggin: (D – District 21) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/10/2015 Senate Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Langley of Hancock REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/10/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/9/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED READ ONCE Committee Amendment “A” (S-22) READ and ADOPTED ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/14/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-22).
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/16/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/23/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-22).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/30/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/5/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/6/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/7/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
PASSED TO BE ENACTED , in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
5/21/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending CONSIDERATION
5/21/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending CONSIDERATION
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 86 18 Yeas – 17 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
Unfinished Business
5/26/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
LD 311 In Senate, May 26, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 18 In Favor and 16 Against , accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become law and the VETO was SUSTAINED.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 311 as originally introduced. L.D. 311 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-22) .

An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools

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

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 5001-A, sub- 1-A is enacted to read:

1-A. Authorization. A school board may adopt a requirement that persons 5 years of age or older and under 17 years of age must attend a public day school during the time it is in regular session.

Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA 5051-A, sub- 1, B, as amended by PL 2007, c. 304, 5, is further amended to read:

B. Has completed grade 6 and has the equivalent of 10 full days of unexcused absences or 7 consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year; or

Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA 5051-A, sub- 1, C, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 304, 5, is amended to read:

C. Is at least 7 years of age and has not completed grade 6 and has the equivalent of 7 full days of unexcused absences or 5 consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year . ; or

Sec. 4. 20-A MRSA 5051-A, sub- 1, D is enacted to read:

D. In a school administrative unit that has adopted a requirement that persons under 7 years of age must attend a public day school, is at least 5 years of age and has not completed grade 6 and has the equivalent of 7 full days of unexcused absences or 5 consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year.

SUMMARY

This bill gives school boards the option of reducing the minimum age required for school attendance from 7 years of age to 5 years of age. The bill also provides that students who are at least 5 years of age and enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are 7 years of age or older and who are required to attend a public day school.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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