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February 27, 2004

Legislative Document 1082: An Act Regarding Habitual Truants

Sponsor:
Representative Harold Clough

Summary:
LD 1082 would put more teeth into the truancy laws in Maine. The problem lies in the fact that the bill allows a truancy officer to pick up a child whom the superintendent has "deemed" habitually truant and transport the child to the "appropriate" school." There is no way to challenge the superintendent before the child becomes subject to involuntary transportation.

Status:

03/04/2003Referred to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs
03/24/2003Public Hearing
06/06/2003Carried over to the 2004 Legislative Session
10/02/2003Committee Work Session
01/23/2004Committee Report
Majority Report: Ought to pass as amended
Minority Report: Ought to pass.
01/30/2004Placed into House Unfinished Business
02/25/2004House approved Bill with two amendments, H-634 and H-678. Bill engrossed and sent for concurrence.
02/11/2004Senate passed bill with House Amendments.

HSLDA's Postion:
HSLDA opposed this bill. However, if the changes to the law cause any problems, we have support in the state house to change the law.

Action Requested:
No action is necessary.

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