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Lawmakers unanimously pass Maine Ocean School bill

Mar 18, 2020

Augusta — Both the House and Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill to amend legislation governing operations of Maine Ocean School in Searsport. The bill next goes to the governor.

Last summer, Maine Ocean School discovered a sunset clause in the statute that authorized its creation. To keep the school open, Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, sponsored LD 1849, “An Act Regarding the Laws Governing the Maine School for Marine Science, Technology, Transportation and Engineering.”

That law pushed back the sunset clause to 90 days after the adjournment of the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature. LD 2020 further extends the sunset provision to 90 days after the adjournment of the 131st Legislature.

Maine Ocean School is a high school that specializes in marine science, technology, transportation and engineering. It opened in September 2018.


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