An Act To Support Conservation and the Health and Wellness of Maine Youth through Physically Active Residential Environmental Education Programs
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA c. 333 is enacted to read:
ENVIRONMENTAL LIVING AND LEARNING FOR MAINE STUDENTS PROGRAM
§ 9911. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 9912. Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students Program
§ 9913. Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students Scholarship Fund
The Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students Scholarship Fund is established under the jurisdiction and control of the department. The department may contract with a nonprofit organization that operates a residential environmental education program to manage the fund. The fund is nonlapsing and may be invested in the same manner as permitted for investment of other state funds.
§ 9914. Rules
The department shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this chapter. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 2. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF
Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students Scholarship Fund N183
Initiative: Provides ongoing funds for scholarships to students to attend residential environmental education programs pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 9913.
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$500,000||$500,000|
This bill establishes the Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students Program to support residential environmental education program experiences for public school students in grades 5 to 8 in the State. It also establishes the Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to students in the State to attend a residential environmental education program. Scholarships must be in an amount equal to 50% of the cost of attendance at a residential environmental education program and must be distributed to students in a manner that ensures students receiving scholarships attend residential environmental education programs across the State.