Gov. Mills signs Chenette’s bill to review bullying laws

Posted: June 04, 2019 | Education and Cultural Affairs, Senator Chenette

AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law a bill from Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, to review and overhaul Maine’s bullying laws. LD 1306, “Resolve, To Examine Issues Relating to Bullying in Schools,” received the governor’s approval on Monday.

“As someone who was bullied all throughout school, I know the long-lasting pain that bullying can cause,” said Sen Chenette. “I want to do everything I can to ensure young people feel safe in school, feel accepted and feel like they can be true to themselves without fear of retribution from their peers.”

LD 1306 directs the Department of Education to create a stakeholder group to recommend improvements to Maine’s bullying laws for schools. By February 2020, the Commissioner of the Department of Education will report the findings of the stakeholder group and its specific recommendations to the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee and the rest of the Legislature for further action.

The goal of this bill is to obtain data, analyze issues and report on solutions to address comprehensively how school districts across the state are responding to bullying in their schools. The bill was supported by the Maine Education Association.

LD 1306 will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die.