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Legislative History of Regional School Units
Last updated: August 2018

Introduction

Governor Baldacci first proposed school regionalization in 2004 (LD 1921). In 2007, he proposed an extensive restructuring of Maine's school system, calling for the consolidation of 280 existing school districts into 26. The measure was enacted with amendments (H-412 and H-445), which provided for the formation of "80 regional units" or "a number of units that meets the administrative efficiencies established by this Part" (PL 2007, c. 240, §XXXX-36).

This legislative history includes enacted legislation affecting Maine statutes 20-A MRS §§1451-1512.




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Affected
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History
2007 LD 499

An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the... Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2008 and June 30, 2009
Enacted with amendments:

H-412
H-445
PL 2007, c. 240, §XXXX-13 Enacted:
20-A MRS §§1451-1512
House, June 5, 2007
p. H-671-H-681

House, June 6, 2007
p. H-705-H-711

Senate, June 6, 2007
p. S-911-S-919

House, June 21, 2007
p. H-945

Senate, June 21, 2007
p. S-1247

House, April 9, 2007
p. H-1522

House, April 17, 2007
p. H-1689
Committee File:  Yes

Report:  Report on "The Initiative" to Streamline State Government (Jan. 8, 2008)

Report:  State Funded Research Annual Report (Dec. 2008)

News:  The Law Library has numerous articles related to this legislation. Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2008 LD 1931

An Act to Protect Employee Choice of Collective Bargaining Agents in the Educational Unit Consolidation Process
Enacted with amendment:

S-475
PL 2007, c. 566 Amended:
20-A MRS §1464
Senate, March 25, 2008
p. S-1635
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2008 LD 2252

An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendments:

S-680
H-1036
H-1037
H-1038
H-1044
PL 2007, c. 695, §§A-22, G-1, G-2 Amended:
20-A MRS §1506(4)
20-A MRS §1486(3)(F)
20-A MRS §1486(3)(G)
Senate, April 18, 2008
p. S-2108-S-2109
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2008 LD 2323

An Act To Remove Barriers to the Reorganization of School Administrative Units
Enacted with amendment:

H-1041
PL 2007, c. 668 Enacted:
20-A MRS §1461-A
20-A MRS §1464(4)
20-A MRS §1472-A
20-A MRS §1472-B
20-A MRS §1481-A
20-A MRS §1481-B
20-A MRS §1482-A
20-A MRS §1482-B

Amended:
20-A MRS §1452
20-A MRS §1461(5)
20-A MRS §1472(2)(C)
20-A MRS §1479(3)(B)
20-A MRS §1479(4), (5)
20-A MRS §1486(2), (3)
20-A MRS §1487
20-A MRS §1506(1)(A)
20-A MRS §1506(1)(B)
20-A MRS §1506(4)
20-A MRS §1512(6)

Repealed and Replaced: 20-A MRS §1478

Repealed:
20-A MRS §1481
House, April 17, 2008
p. H-1679-H-1685

House, April 17, 2008
p. H-1689-H-1693

House, April 17, 2008
p. H-1698-H-1699

Senate, April 17, 2008
p. S-2089-S-2090

Senate, April 18, 2008
p. S-2095-S-2103
News:  "School merger legislation approved." Times Record (Brunswick), 4/18/2008.

News:  "Consolidation law changes provide added flexibility." Ellsworth American, 4/24/2008. 
Yes
2009 LD 353

An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations...Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2011
Enacted with amendments:

H-350
H-408
PL 2009, c. 213, §OOOO-1 Amended:
20-A MRS §1512(6)
House, February 5, 2009
p. H-80-H-81

House, May 26, 2009
p. H-580-H-587

House, May 27, 2009
p. H-596-H-599

Senate, May 27, 2009
p. S-783-S-790

House, June 10, 2009
p. H-866
Committee File:  Yes

Report:  Maine Economic Improvement Fund Annual Report (2010)

Report:  Katie Beckett Medicaid Coverage Option (KB) Report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services and Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs (Jan. 2010)

Report:  Annual Bureau of Revenue Services Data Warehouse Cost and Revenue Report (Dec. 30, 2010)

Report:  Report to the Joint Standing Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources: Sources of Fecal Coliform that Affect the State's Shellfish Areas (Feb. 22, 2011)

Report:  Annual Report of Funding Land Use Planning Commission to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation (Jan. 15, 2014)

Report:  Use of Bureau of Motor Vehicles Information in Maine Revenue Services' Data Warehouse Collection Initiative: A Report Prepared for the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation (Dec. 30, 2014)

Report:  Annual Report of Funding Land Use Planning Commission to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation (Jan. 15, 2015)

News:  The Law Library has numerous articles related to this legislation. Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2009 LD 698

An Act To Allow School Budget Validation Referenda To Be Held on a Saturday
N/A PL 2009, c. 98 Amended:
20-A MRS §1486(2)
No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 829

An Act To Clarify the Right of Public School Employees To Engage in Collective Bargaining
Enacted with amendment:

H-113
PL 2009, c. 107 Enacted:
20-A MRS §1461(8)

Amended:
20-A MRS §1461-A(3)
20-A MRS §1464(2)(E)
20-A MRS §1464(2)(H)
No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2009 LD 1475

An Act to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendment:

H-579
PL 2009, c. 415, §§B-7, B-8 Repealed and Replaced:
20-A MRS §1486(3)(F)

Repealed:
20-A MRS §1486(3)(G)
No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2010 LD 570

An Act To Improve the Laws Governing the Consolidation of School Administrative Units
Enacted with amendment:

H-768
PL 2009, c. 580 Enacted:
20-A MRS §1461(3)(C)
20-A MRS §1461-B
20-A MRS §1464(5)
20-A MRS §1464-A
20-A MRS §1466
20-A MRS §1467
20-A MRS §1468
20-A MRS §1472-C

Amended:
20-A MRS §1461(3)(B)
20-A MRS §1464(2)(H)
No debate. Committee File:  Yes

News:  "Machias-area educators upbeat on repeal of school penalties, allowance for new alternative school organizations." Downeast Coastal Press. 2/16/2010, p. 1.

News:  "Changes to merger legislation advance." Kennebec Journal. 3/6/2010, p. A1, A8.

News:  "Bill may relieve school penalties." Bangor Daily News. 3/13/2010, p. A1, A2.

News:  "Upcoming referendum may be last." Morning Sentinel. 3/30/2010, p. A1, A8.
Yes
2010 LD 1671

An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the... Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2011
Enacted with amendments:

H-790
H-798
PL 2009, c. 571, §§E-3, E-4, QQQ-1, QQQ-2 Enacted:
20-A MRS §1481-A(2-A)

Amended:
20-A MRS §1486(3)
20-A MRS §1486(1)
20-A MRS §1486(2)
House, March 30, 2010
p. H-1300-H-1304

House, March 30, 2010
p. H-1309-H-1313

Senate, March 30, 2010
p. S-1696-S-1698
Committee File:  Yes

Report: 
Final Report of the Task Force on Kinship Families (Nov. 2010)

Report:  Final Report of the Legal and Veterans' Affairs Committee Review of Slot Machines (Dec. 2010)

Report:  Annual Report on Use of Funds Pursuant to 8 MRS Section 1037: 2011 (Feb. 12, 2012)

News:  The Law Library has numerous articles related to this legislation. Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2011 LD 139

An Act To Eliminate the Penalty for Schools That Did Not Reorganize
Enacted with amendment:

H-548
PL 2011, c. 328 Amended:
20-A MRS §1466(1)
No debate. Committee File:  Yes

News:  "Bills to cut consolidation penalties move forward." Herald Gazette. 4/27/2011, p. A3.
Yes
2011 LD 385

An Act To Amend the School Administrative Unit Consolidation Laws
Enacted with amendment:

H-357
PL 2011, c. 251 Amended:
20-A MRS §1461(3)(C)
20-A MRS §1465(3)
20-A MRS §1465(4)

Repealed:
20-A MRS §1461-B(6)(A)
20-A MRS §1461-B(6)(B)
20-A MRS §1461-B(6)(C)
20-A MRS §1466(20)

 
No debate. Committee File:  Yes

News:  "Bills to cut consolidation penalties move forward." Herald Gazette. 4/27/2011, p. A3.

News:  "School consolidation penalties eliminated effective 2012-13." Bangor Daily News. 6/4/2011, p. A1, A5.
Yes
2011 LD 1307

An Act To Amend and Clarify Certain Education Statutes
N/A PL 2011, c. 171 Amended:
20-A MRS §1479
20-A MRS §1486(1)
20-A MRS §1511
No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2012 LD 1696

An Act To Modify the Alternative Organizational Structure Budget Approval Process
N/A PL 2011, c. 485 Enacted:
20-A MRS §1461-B(3)(D)

Amended:
20-A MRS §1461-B(3)(C)
No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2012 LD 1742

An Act To Amend Education Laws
Enacted with amendments:

H-757
S-602
PL 2011, c. 678 Enacted:
20-A MRS §1466(9-A)
20-A MRS §1466(9-B)
20-A MRS §1466(13-A)

Amended:

20-A MRS §1486(4)
20-A MRS §1466(13)
20-A MRS §1511

Repealed and Replaced:

20-A MRS §1466(9)
Senate, May 16, 2012
p. S-2328
Committee File:  Yes

News:  "Bill makes it easier for Maine towns to exit consolidated school districts." Forecaster, 2/22/2012.
Yes
2012 LD 1868

An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendments:

H-928
S-566
S-585
S-586
PL 2011, c. 691, §§A-18, D-5 to D-8 Amended:
20-A MRS §1465(3)
20-A MRS §1465(4)

Repealed and Replaced:

20-A MRS §1506(4)
Senate, May 15, 2012
p. S-2299-S-2300
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2012 LD 1903

An Act To Make Additional Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations...for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013
Enacted with amendments:

H-938
H-949
PL 2011, c. 655, §C-1 Amended:
20-A MRS §1462(2)
House, April 12, 2012
p. H-1515-H-1520

Senate, April 12, 2012
p. S-2225-S-2227

House, May 15, 2012
p. H-1537-H-1538

House, May 15, 2015
p. H-1545

House, May 16, 2012
p. H-1572
Committee File:  Yes

Report:  Report to the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs in Accordance With Public Law Chapter 380, Part FF: Reorganization of the Maine State Planning Office (Dec. 1, 2011)

Report:  General Assistance  Work Group Recommendation Report (Jan. 29, 2013)

Report:  Status report on the integration of the training and certification of code enforcement officers into the Dep't of Economic and Community Development (DECD) (Mar. 22, 2013)

News:  The Law Library has numerous articles related to this legislation. Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2013 LD 485

An Act To Amend and Clarify Certain Education Laws
Enacted with amendment:

H-149
PL 2013, c. 167 Amended:
20-A MRS §1466(5)(D)
20-A MRS §1466(13)
No debate. Committee File:  Yes Yes
2014 LD 783

An Act To Change the Voting Requirements for the Withdrawal of a Municipality from a Regional School Unit
Enacted with amendment:

H-611
PL 2013, c. 461 Enacted:
20-A MRS §1466(10-A)

Amended:
20-A MRS §1466(9)
20-A MRS §1466(9-A)
20-A MRS §1466(10)(B)
20-A MRS §1466(13)

Repealed:
20-A MRS §1466(9-B)
20-A MRS §1466(13-A)
House, June 19, 2013
p. H-1113-H-1115

House, June 19, 2013
p. H-1144-H-1145

Senate, June 19, 2013
p. S-1361-S-1362

Committee File:  Yes

News:  "Legislation could eliminate withdrawal turnout requirement." Republican Journal, 6/27/2013, p. A1, A12.

News:  "Lawmakers to again consider bill to eliminate withdrawal voter-turnout requirement." Republican Journal, 1/23/2014, p. A6.
Yes
2015 LD 763

An Act To Change the Budget Approval Process for Alternative Organizational Structures
Enacted with amendment:

H-400
PL 2015, c. 286 Amended:
20-A MRS 1461-B(3)(D)
House, June 30, 2015
p. H-1130-H-1131

Senate, June 30, 2015
p. S-1373-S-1374
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2015 LD 1222

An Act To Remove Barriers to School Construction Financing in Regional School Units
Enacted with amendment:

H-197
PL 2015, c. 181 Enacted:
20-A MRS §1490(2)(D)
House, June 15, 2015
p. H-819-H-820

Senate, June 15, 2015
p. S-1039
Committee File:  Yes Yes
2016 LD 1475

An Act To Facilitate the Use of State Education Subsidies
Enacted with amendment:

S-388
PL 2015, c. 463 Enacted:
20-A MRS §1485(5)

Amended:
20-A MRS §1486(2)
Senate, April 12, 2016
p. S-2027-S-2028

House, April 13, 2016
p. H-1660
Committee File:  Yes

News:  "Legislation aims to streamline schools' use of additional state subsidy." Republican Journal, 1/21/2016, p. A7.
Yes
2017 LD 390

An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government...for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019
Enacted with amendments:

H-475
H-558
PL 2017, c. 284, §§C-4, VVVVV-2, VVVVV-14 Enacted:
20-A MRS §1485(1-A)

Amended:
20-A MRS §1461-B(3)(B)
Not yet available. Committee File:  Yes

News:
  The Law Library has numerous articles related to this legislation. Please 
contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2018 LD 51

An Act To Amend the Process for a Single Municipality To Withdraw from a Regional School Unit
Enacted with amendment:

H-693
PL 2017, c. 385 Amended:
20-A MRS §1466(4)(A)
20-A MRS §1466(5)(A)
Not yet available. Committee File:  Yes

News:  "Legislature's Education Committee recommends 'binding mediation' on school withdrawal." Bethel Citizen. 3/9/2017, p. 1, 4.

News:  "SAD 44 board format change could up Newry representation." Bethel Citizen. 3/30/2017, p. 1, 2.

News:  "...while Newry preps to fight ban." Bethel Citizen. 4/13/2017, p. A1, A4.
Yes