“…Under current law, municipalities that want to withdraw from regional school districts can do so by a simple majority vote of their citizens as long as turnout for a withdrawal vote equals 50 percent of the turnout in the most recent gubernatorial election. However, that vote must occur by Jan. 1, 2015, after which a two-thirds vote will be required.
The law is different for regional school units that were created under the school consolidation law that former Gov. John Baldacci shepherded to passage during his second term. Those municipalities are required to garner two-thirds votes, both now and in the future.
LD 783 would change state law to require a simple majority vote for withdrawal. The bill, as amended, retains the turnout requirement…”
“…With a unanimous endorsement from the Education Committee, the bill is likely to gain considerable support in the full Legislature, though Gov. Paul LePage’s support of it is far from certain. Last year, the Department of Education testified in favor of keeping the state’s withdrawal laws as they are, including the requirement of a two-thirds vote.
The legislation comes at a time when towns throughout Maine are considering withdrawal from regional school districts…”
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