Representative Shelley Rudnicki [Republican]
Fairfield ~ District 108
Towns in District: Fairfield, Mercer and SmithfieldWould be term limited: 2026
♦ Education and Cultural Affairs
✉ 211 Norridgewock Road
Fairfield, Maine 04937
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|LD 136||An Act To Establish a Special Education Circuit Breaker Reimbursement Program||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill establishes the special education circuit breaker reimbursement program, in which the Department of Education reimburses school administrative units, for a student whose eligible special education costs exceed 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate, 75% of the amount of the special education costs that are above 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate. The bill requires the department to distribute reimbursements to eligible school administrative units on a quarterly basis, and the reimbursements must be deposited in a separate revolving account that may be spent only on approved special education services.
|LD 137||An Act To Make the Maine Learning Technology Initiative More Cost-effective||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 26, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to enact measures designed to make the Department of Education's Maine Learning Technology Initiative, or "MLTI," more cost-effective for schools and for the State, thus allowing participation by increased numbers of students. The cost-saving measures may include, but are not limited to, eliminating the ability of school administrative units to choose higher-cost technology options.
|LD 739||An Act To Help Small Businesses by Establishing an Alternate Minimum Wage||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill creates an alternate minimum wage applicable to employees of a small employer, to the first 90 consecutive days of employment for employees who are under 20 years of age and to employees who are under 18 years of age. The wage is $9.75 starting January 1, 2020 and will be increased by any increase in the cost of living starting January 1, 2021 and every subsequent January 1st.
|LD 83||An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Resale by a Motor Vehicle Dealer To Permit the Dealer To Use a Copy of a Certificate of Title||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, February 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill allows a dealer selling a motor vehicle to use a copy of the valid certificate of title instead of the original valid certificate of title.
|LD 208||An Act Regarding Small Claims Court Jurisdiction||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019|
This bill increases the jurisdictional limits for small claims from $6,000 to $15,000.
|LD 309||Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Direct a Study of the Regional Adjustment for School Administrative Units||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-393, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019|
This bill removes the regional adjustment in the total operating allocation for school administrative units under the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.
This amendment changes the bill to a resolve and adds an emergency preamble and clause. The amendment directs the Department of Education to direct the Maine Education Policy Research Institute in the institute's review of the essential programs and services to study and report to the department on the regional adjustment for school administrative units. The department must submit the report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs no later than January 15, 2020.
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|LD 318||An Act To Prepare All Students for Work and Life by Requiring That Students Receive Instruction in Vocational Preparation and Practical Life Skills||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill changes the requirement in the system of learning results from "career and education development" to "vocational preparation and practical life skills." The bill defines "vocational preparation and practical life skills" to mean experiential instruction of students, regardless of career choice or pathway, that develops their understanding of interests, aptitudes and options related to work and study; develops core workplace skills in areas such as planning, communication, problem solving, teamwork and computer applications; and includes practical workplace and home economics experiences that maximize learning through hands-on application.
|LD 320||An Act To Amend the Scope of Practice of Podiatric Medicine||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 12, 2019|
This bill amends the scope of practice of podiatric medicine to include the diagnosis and treatment of maladies of the soft tissue of the lower leg and the evaluation, diagnosis, management and prevention of conditions of the lower extremities.
|LD 664||An Act To Organize Biannual County Meetings for Local School Boards||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill requires the State Board of Education to organize a biannual meeting in each county for the school boards in each county to engage in peer-to-peer discussions, develop new ideas and review proposed rule changes by the Department of Education and other policies and issues impacting school administrative units. Each school board may send up to 3 representatives, and the state board shall send at least one representative to the biannual county meeting. Costs for a biannual county meeting must be split between the state board and the school administrative units in that county.
|LD 665||Resolve, Directing the Office of the Attorney General To Review Free Speech on Public College and University Campuses||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-395, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill authorizes a person who wishes to engage in an expressive activity, as defined in the bill, in an outdoor area of campus of a public institution of higher education to do so freely as long as the person's conduct is lawful and does not materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the public institution of higher education. It prohibits a public institution of higher education from designating an area of campus as a free speech zone or otherwise creating policies restricting expressive activities to a particular outdoor area of campus, except that it allows public institutions of higher education to create and enforce restrictions on time, place and manner of expression that are reasonable and content-neutral. The Attorney General has the authority to enforce compliance, and a person whose rights are violated may bring an action to enjoin violations and to recover compensatory damages, reasonable court costs and attorney's fees.
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, directs the Office of the Attorney General to review whether there have been any instances in the State in which the University of Maine System, Maine Community College System or Maine Maritime Academy has violated or otherwise restricted a student's free speech rights protected under the United States Constitution, Amendment I and the Constitution of Maine, Article I, review whether additional protections are necessary under state law and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary no later than January 1, 2020. The Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
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|LD 750||An Act To Allow Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Instructors To Instruct without State Certification||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 30, 2019|
This bill exempts from teacher certification requirements a federal Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps instructor certified by the United States Department of Defense providing Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps instruction to students in grade 9 to grade 12.
|LD 985||An Act To Maintain High School Diploma Standards by Repealing Proficiency-based Diploma Standards and Adding the Equivalent in Standards Achievement||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-322, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019|
This bill repeals the provisions of law that allow diplomas indicating graduation from a secondary school to be based on a student's demonstration of proficiency.
The amendment establishes as fundamental policies of the diploma standards that a diploma indicating graduation from a secondary school signifies that the graduate has completed high school diploma requirements and is ready to enter a postsecondary educational program or a career as a clear and effective communicator, a self-directed and lifelong learner, a creative and practical problem solver, a responsible and involved citizen and an informed and integrative thinker; that school administrative units must align their instruction with the system of learning results; and that school administrative units are encouraged to develop innovative multiple pathways that allow all students to learn and demonstrate their achievement through multiple means and measures.
The amendment also provides that instruction in the required subjects may be provided through the current year-based requirements or through the equivalent in standards achievement.The amendment also requires that a child with a disability who satisfies the local diploma requirements in the manner specified by the child's individualized education plan must be awarded a high school diploma and provides that career and technical education students, consistent with the approval of the commissioner and the local school board, may satisfy instructional requirements through separate or integrated study within the career and technical education school curriculum.
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