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House advances bill to encourage public participation in school board meetings

Jun 03, 2019

Augusta — The Maine House of Representatives approved a bill Monday to encourage participation in school board meetings by mandating that the public be able to make comments on the record.

“Public input is critical at all levels of our democracy, including the involvement of parents, guardians and community members in local school policy decisions,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Scott Cuddy, D-Winterport. “I’m grateful that my colleagues in the House supported this legislation.”

Cuddy served on the Regional School Unit 22 Board of Directors where the public already has the ability to participate at meetings and comment on the record.

“When I served as a school board member, allowing the public to make on-the-record comments was invaluable, and this bill will set this important standard for all school boards in Maine,” Cuddy said.

The bill, LD 721, now moves to the Senate for additional votes.

Cuddy is serving his first term in the Maine House and is a member of the Labor and Housing Committee. He represents Frankfort, Searsport, Swanville and Winterport.

 

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