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Teacher Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Check Law in Maine
Last updated: November 2017

Introduction

Maine enacted mandatory fingerprinting and background checks for teachers and educational personnel in 1995.

This legislative history includes proposed and enacted legislation on this topic.




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Year LD Amendments Final Disposition Legislative Record Committee Files / News / Study Reports Full LD
History
1995 LD 827

An Act to Provide for Record Checks of Elementary and Secondary Education Employees and Applicants
Enacted with amendment:

H-724
PL 1995, c. 547 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1997 LD 503

An Act to Provide for State and Federal Criminal Record Checks on Educational Personnel in the State
Enacted with amendments:

S-127
S-169
PL 1997, c. 452 Senate, April 30, 1997
p. S-642
Committee File:  Yes Yes
1998 LD 2163

An Act to Require the State to Be Responsible for the Costs of School Employee Record Checks and Fingerprinting
Proposed amendments:

H-976
H-986
H-987
Indefinitely postponed House, March 23, 1998
p. H-1825-H-1827
Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 741

An Act to Assist the Department of Public safety in Implementing the Requirements of Fingerprint-based Background Checks
Enacted with amendment:

H-152
PL 1999, c. 110 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 792

An Act to Allow Preliminary Steps to be Taken for the Mandatory Use of Conviction Data in Teacher Screening
N/A  PL 1999, c. 35 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
1999 LD 878

An Act to Require the State to Be Responsible for the Costs of School Employee Criminal History Records Checks and Fingerprinting
Proposed amendment:

H-405
Indefinitely postponed No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2000 LD 2490

An Act to Provide Funding for the Background Checks and Fingerprinting for School District Employees and Volunteers
Enacted with amendments:

S-474
S-801

Proposed amendments:

H-776     S-504
H-778     S-798
H-1181   S-805
S-475     
S-484
PL 1999, c. 791 House, May 11, 2000
p. H-2713-H-2714

Senate, May 11, 2000
p. S-2490-S-2492
Committee File:  Yes

News:  "Cost just part of the problem with school fingerprinting." Maine Times, 12/2/1999.

News:  "Teacher scrutiny poses threat." Portland Press Herald, 11/26/1999.

News:  "It's not the $49, it's the principal." Maine Times, 11/18/1999.
Yes
2000 LD 2540

An Act Concerning Fingerprinting and Background Checks for School Employees
Enacted with amendments:

S-692
S-735

Proposed amendments:

H-1116     H-1138
H-1117     H-1163
H-1118     S-691
H-1120     S-693
H-1130
Vetoed by the governor

Veto overridden by House

Veto sustained by the Senate
Senate, April 11, 2000
p. S-2269-S-2276

House, April 12, 2000
p. H-2500-H-2522

House, April 13, 2000
p. H-2567-H-2579

House, April 25, 2000
p. H-2634-H-2648

House, April 25, 2000
p. H-2651-H-2653

House, April 26, 2000
p. H-2663-H-2665

Senate, April 24, 2000
p. S-2366-S-2368
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2001 LD 1090

An Act to Repeal the Requirement that School Employees be Fingerprinted
Proposed amendments:

H-701
H-706
H-711
H-721
S-347
Enacted by the Legislature

Vetoed by the governor

Veto sustained by the Senate
Senate, May 31, 2001
p. S-1047-S-1048

House, June 11, 2001
p. H-1380-H-1382

House, June 13, 2001
p. H-1393-H-1396

House, June 13, 2001
p. H-1401-H-1402

House, June 13, 2001
p. H-1416-H-1428

Senate, June 11, 2001
p. S-1147-S-1148

Senate, June 18, 2001
p. S-1196-S-1199

Senate, June 21, 2001
p. S-1250-S-1251
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2001 LD 1765

An Act to Authorize Release of Certain Information Pertaining to the Certification, Authorization and Approval of Educational Personnel
Proposed amendments:

H-532     H-755
H-553     S-311
H-570     S-330
H-572
H-752
Died on adjournment House, May 23, 2001
p. H-1017-H-1030

Senate, May 31, 2001
p. S-1039-S-1040

House, June 7, 2001
p. H-1339-H-1349

Senate, June 7, 2001
p. S-1126-S-1132

House, June 21, 2001
p. H-1545-H-1548
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 653

An Act to Repeal the Fingerprinting Requirement for Teachers and School Personnel
Proposed amendment:

H-481
Died in concurrence House, May 27, 2003
p. H-812-H-813

Senate, May 28, 2003
p. S-838-S-843
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 890

An Act to Restrict Fingerprinting of Educational Personnel to New Applicants for Certification, Authorization or Approval
Proposed amendments:

H-520
S-240
Enacted by the Legislature

Vetoed by the governor

Veto sustained by the House
House, May 27, 2003
p. H-806-H-812

House, June 10, 2003
p. H-930-H-931

Senate, May 28, 2003
p. S-843-S-846

Senate, May 29, 2003
p. S-880-S-881
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 1032

An Act Concerning the Processing Time for Substitute and Regular School Employee Fingerprinting
Enacted with amendment:

H-200
PL 2003, c. 184 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 1198

An Act Regarding the Criminal History Record Check of School Employees
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2003 LD 1250

An Act Providing an Exception to the Laws Governing Fingerprinting of Educational Personnel
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2005 LD 1565

An Act Requiring Release of Aggregate Information from the Department of Education to Measure the Effectiveness of the Law Requiring Fingerprinting and Background Checks of Educational Personnel
N/A ONTP House, May 16, 2005
p. H-569-H-571
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2005 LD 1691

An Act to Eliminate Pension Cost Reductions Bonding and Provide Replacement Budgeting Measures
N/A PL 2005, c. 457 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2005 LD 1745

An Act to Provide Funding for the Fingerprinting of School Personnel
Proposed amendment:

S-520
Died on adjournment No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2005 LD 1968

An Act to Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations…for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2006 and June 30, 2007
Enacted with amendments:

H-878
H-901*
PL 2005, c. 519,  §§I-1 and I-2 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2007 LD 90

An Act to Provide State Funding for Fingerprinting of Educational Personnel
Proposed amendment:

S-64
ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2007 LD 1031

An Act to Amend the Fingerprinting Law
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1299

An Act To Streamline the Fingerprinting Process
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1464

An Act To Amend Licensing, Certification and Registration Requirements for Health Care Providers and Other Facilities
Enacted with amendment:

H-593
PL 2009, c. 621 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 282

An Act To Limit Charges for Fingerprinting Performed for Certain Criminal History Background Checks
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 296

Resolve, Directing the State Bureau of Identification to Continue to Explore Contracting Options and Other Methods To Find Efficiencies in the Fingerprinting System for Criminal History Background Checks
N/A Veto sustained No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2011 LD 1767

An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Education to Allow Access to Criminal History Record Information to Entities Providing Document Management and to Remove Applicants' Fingerprints from the Fingerprint File
Enacted with amendment:

H-730
PL 2011, c. 521 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2013 LD 1493

An Act To Revise the Laws Concerning Criminal History Record Information and Intelligence and Investigative Information
Enacted with amendment:

H-360
PL 2013, c. 267 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2014 LD 1782

An Act To Make Technical Amendments to the Criminal History Record Information Act and the Intelligence and Investigative Record Information Act and a Related Provision in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A
Enacted with amendment:

S-427
PL 2013, c. 507 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2014 LD 1805

An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Review Committee Established To Examine the Impact of Unfunded Education Mandates and Other Regulatory Burdens
N/A PL 2013, c. 506 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2015 LD 1019

An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations...for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2015, June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017
Enacted with amendments:

H-415
S-287*
S-288*

Proposed amendments:

H-416     S-289*
H-439*
H-448*
H-449*
H-451*
PL 2015, c. 267, Pt. SSS No relevant debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2016 LD 1464

An Act To Revise the Educational Personnel Certification Statutes and To Direct the Department of Education To Review Department Rules Regarding Educational Personnel Certification
Enacted with amendment:

H-525
PL 2015, c. 395 No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2017 LD 1104

An Act To Exempt School Resource Officers from Department of Education Background Check and Fingerprinting Requirements
Enacted with amendment:

H-283
PL 2017, c. 155 Not yet available. Not yet available. N/A
2017 LD 1286

An Act To Facilitate Compliance by School Employees with Criminal History Record Check and Fingerprinting Requirements
Proposed amendment:

S-221
Carried over Not yet available. Not yet available. N/A
2017 LD 1569

An Act To Revise Certification Statutes for Educational Personnel
Enacted with amendment:

H-515
PL 2017, c. 235 Not yet available. Not yet available. N/A