9 a.m.

Education and Cultural Affairs Committee; public hearings; room 202; Cross Building

L.D. 1502, “An Act To Expand Student Access to Certain Career Information and Opportunities”: governor’s bill, requires school boards to allow implementation of the armed services vocational aptitude battery career exploration program

L.D. 1503, “An Act To Ensure Student Access to Postsecondary Military Options”: governor’s bill, requires publicly supported secondary schools and secondary public charter schools to provide uniformed recruiters for the United States Armed Forces or the Maine National Guard the same access to secondary school students as other postsecondary and career recruiters.

L.D. 1510, “An Act To Ensure Statewide School Accountability and Improvement”: governor’s bill, creates a process for the Commissioner of Education to hold all schools accountable for student achievement and to work with schools to improve, regardless of whether they are struggling schools.

L.D. 1524, “An Act To Address the Burden Placed on Students as a Result of Requirements To Take Remedial Courses”: governor’s bill, requires institutions to report the cost to the students of remedial courses, by school administrative unit, and requires the Commissioner of Education to reduce state subsidy to the school administrative units.

L.D. 1526, “An Act To Include Debt Service for Local School Construction Projects in the Required Local Share of Education Funding”: includes in debt services for purposes of the school funding formula locally funded major capital projects for school construction that are not approved by the State Board of Education.

L.D. 1529, “An Act To Expand School Choice for Maine Students”: governor’s bill, allows colleges and universities to authorize public charter schools, removes the 10-school limit on public charter schools authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission and allows private sectarian schools to receive public funds.

L.D. 1530, “An Act To Establish a Process for the Implementation of Universal Voluntary Prekindergarten Education”: requires implementation of universal voluntary prekindergarten education by the 2017-2018 school year.

Judiciary Committee; work sessions; room 438; State House

L.D. 760, “An Act Regarding Informed Consent to an Abortion”: specifies that the information about abortion must also be conveyed to the woman seeking an abortion orally and removes the requirement that the woman request information about alternatives and requires additional information to be conveyed.

L.D. 1193, “An Act To Allow a Wrongful Death Cause of Action for the Death of an Unborn Child”: specifies that for a cause of action for the wrongful death of an unborn viable fetus must be brought in Probate Court.

L.D. 1339, “An Act To Strengthen the Consent Laws for Abortions Performed on Minors and Incapacitated Persons”: requires the written consent of a parent or legal guardian before an abortion may be performed on a minor or an incapacitated person.

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