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Education Finance in Maine, 1957-2003
Last updated: August 2019

Introduction

This legislative history includes the enacting legislation for Maine's education finance provisions from 1957-2003. Current school funding is based on the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act (20-A MRS 15670 et seq.)
 



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History
1957 LD 1089

An Act Relating to Educational Aid and Reorganization of School Administrative Units

OTP-ND:
LD 1478
Enacted with amendments:

#189     #303
#248     #333
#249
#250
#283
PL 1957, c. 364 Foundation Program ("Sinclair Act")

RS 1954, c. 41, §§237-C to 237-E
Senate, February 27, 1957
p. 325

House, February 28, 1957
p. 354

House, March 26, 1957
p. 590-591

House, April 5, 1957
p. 732-733

Senate, April 10, 1957
p. 753-754

Senate, April 11, 1957
p. 791-792

House, April 12, 1957
p. 818

House, April 17, 1957
p. 889

House, April 23, 1957
p. 966

House, April 24, 1957
p. 1001-1006

House, April 30, 1957
p. 1126-1136

Senate, May 1, 1957
p. 1141-1142

Senate, May 2, 1957
p. 1186-1187

House, May 2, 1957
p. 1196-1197 (2)

House, May 3, 1957
p. 1227-1228

House, May 3, 1957
p. 1246-1256

House, May 7, 1957
p. 1291

House, May 7, 1957
p. 1318-1319

Senate, May 29, 1957
p. 2495-2496
Report:  Report to Ninety-eighth Legislature : school finances and needs (Jan. 1957)

Report:  Report to Ninety-eighth Legislature : summary of report on school finances and needs  (Jan. 1957)

Report:  Report with recommendations on study of school finances and needs in the state

News: Please contact a Reference Librarian.
N/A
1958 LD 1637

An Act Relating to Educational Aid and to Clarify the Procedure of the Reorganization of School Administrative Units

Enacted with amendment:

Committee Amendment "A"
PL 1957, c. 443 Repealed and replaced the Foundation Program Senate, January 13, 1958
p. 3-4

Senate, January 15, 1958
p. 26-34

House, January 15, 1958
p. 64-84

Senate, January 16, 1958
p. 90

House, January 16, 1958
p. 92-93
Court Opinion Opinion of the Justices, 153 Me. 469, 145 A.2d 250 (1958) N/A
With the publication of the 1964 Maine Revised Statutes, these statutes were codified as 20 MRS §3721-3723.
1969 LD 683

An Act to Provide a More Equitable Method of Distributing School Subsidy

OTP-ND:
LD 1586
N/A PL 1969, c. 496 General Purpose Aid

20 MRS 3731-3734
House, February 27, 1969
p. 427-428

Senate, February 27, 1969
p. 433

House, June 10, 1969
p. 3355-3361

House, June 16, 1969
p. 3659-3660
N/A N/A
1973 LD 1617

An Act to Create Local-State Funding of Public Schools

OTP-ND:
LD 1994
Enacted with amendments:

H-579
H-586
S-227
PL 1973, c. 556 Funding of Public Schools / Uniform Property Tax

20 MRS 3711-3713
House, June 4, 1973
p. 3705

Senate, June 13, 1973
p. 4240

Senate, June 20, 1973
p. 4604-4613

House, June 21, 1973
p. 4647-4673

Senate, June 21, 1973
p. 4717-4720

House, June 22, 1973
p. 4729-4730
N/A N/A
1975 LD 526

An Act to Correct Deficiencies in the School Funding Law

OTP-ND:
LD 1452
Enacted with amendments:

H-141    H-148
H-144    H-301
H-147

PL 1975, c. 272 School Finance Act of 1975

20 MRS 3710-3713
House, April 7, 1975
p. B409

House, April 8, 1975
p. B428

House, April 9, 1975
p. B441

House, April 10, 1975
p. B462-B479

Senate, April 11, 1975
p. B499

Senate, April 15, 1975
p. B549-B550

Senate, April 16, 1975
p. B564-B566

House, April 17, 1975
p. B577

House, April 18, 1975
p. B604

House, April 23, 1975
p. B648

House, May 2, 1975
p. B811-B812

House, May 12, 1975
p. B962-B968

Senate, May 13, 1975
p. B995-B997

House, May 14, 1975
p. B1010-B1013

House, May 14, 1975
p. B1023-B1025
Court Opinion Opinion of the Justices, 339 A.2d 492 (Me. 1975)

Report:  A study of L.D. 1994 / prepared by the Education Subsidy Commission ; submitted to the 107th Legislature (Jan. 1975)

Legislative Analysis:
  An analysis of L.D. 1452 : the School Funding Act of 1975 (Apr. 1975)
N/A
1976 LD 2011

An Act to Revise the Laws Relating to Funding of Public Schools

OTP-ND:
LD 2196
Enacted with amendments:

H-880     S-407
H-920     S-408
S-404      S-409

PL 1975, c. 660 School Finance Act of 1976

20 MRS 3741-3748
House, February 10, 1976
p. 121-128

House, February 11, 1976
p. 140

House, February 19, 1976
p. 187-195

Senate, February 23, 1976
p. 218-224

House, February 24, 1976
p. 232-236

House, February 24, 1976
p. 236-237

Senate, February 25, 1976
p. 257-258

Senate, February 25, 1976
p. 259-261

Senate, February 26, 1976
p. 283-285

House, March 4, 1976
p. 341-352

Senate, March 4, 1976
p. 356-365
N/A N/A
1978 LD 2022

An Act Relating to the Funding of Education
Enacted by amendment:

H-1055
PL 1977, c. 625 School Finance Act of 1978

20 MRS 4741-4758
House, February 22, 1978
p. 286

House, February 22, 1978
p. 288

House, February 23, 1978
p. 300-309

Senate, February 24, 1978
p. 339-341

Senate, February 27, 1978
p. 366-368

House, March 1, 1978
p. 402-404

Senate, March 1, 1978
p. 415-416
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1981 LD 1554

An Act to Revise the Education Law

OTP-ND:
LD 2042
Enacted with amendment:

S-453
PL 1981, c. 693 School Finance Act

20-A MRS 15501-15519
House, March 9, 1982
p. 229

House, March 23, 1983
p. 314-315

Senate, March 31, 1983
p. 483-484

House, April 5, 1983
p. 538-540
Report:  Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Education : Revision of the Education Laws (Apr. 1981) N/A
1984 LD 2482

An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission on the Status of Education in Maine

OTP-ND:
LD 2492
Enacted with amendments:

H-757
H-763
H-769
H-771
PL 1983, c. 859 School Finance Act of 1985

20-A MRS 15601-15619
House, September 10, 1984
p. 39-46

Senate, September 10, 1984
p. 49-50

House, September 11, 1984
p. 57

Senate, September 11, 1984
p. 63-65
Report:  Maine's Most Important Investment. Report of the Commission on the Status of Education in Maine (June 1984)

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
N/A
1995 LD 706

An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for...the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 1996 and June 30, 1997
Enacted with amendments:

H-628
PL 1995, c. 638, Part Z School Finance Act of 1995

20-A MRS 15651-15659
House, June 7, 1995
p. H-896-H-904

Senate, June 8, 1995
p. S-1058-S-1061

Senate, June 8, 1995
p. S-1061-S-1065

House, June 12, 1995
p. H-941-H-942

Senate, June 12, 1995
p. S-1075

Senate, June 26, 1995
p. S-1351-S-1352

House, June 27, 1995
p. H-1363-H-1367

House, June 27, 1995
p. H-1369-H-1372

Senate, June 27, 1995
p. S-1416-S-1429

Senate, June 27, 1995
p. S-1430-S-1433

Senate, June 27, 1995
p. S-1433-S-1434

House, June 28, 1995
p. H-1393-H-1400

Senate, June 28, 1995
p. S-1479-S-1480

Senate, June 29, 1995
p. S-1494-S-1507

Senate, June 30, 1995
p. S-1568
Report:  Report of the Task Force to Monitor Hospital Deregulation: Presented to the Second Regular Session of the 117th Legislature (Jan. 23, 1996)

Report:
  Report of the Maine State Revenue Forecasting Committee (Feb. 1997)

Committee File:
  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2003 LD 1372

An Act To Enact the School Finance Act of 2003
N/A

IB 2003, c. 2 School Finance Act of 2003

20-A MRS 15681-15685
House, June 13, 2003
p. H-1018-H-1019
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes