An Act To Revise the Educational Personnel Certification Statutes and To Direct the Department of Education To Review Department Rules Regarding Educational Personnel Certification
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §6103, first ¶, as amended by PL 1999, c. 791, §1, is further amended to read:
Beginning July 1, 2000, approval, certification, authorization and renewal under chapters 501 and 502 are subject to the provisions of this section. A person who has complied with the requirements of this section is not required to submit to a subsequent national criminal history record check unless that person has not been continuously employed in a position requiring approval, certification or authorization under chapters 501 and 502. A person who has not been continuously employed in such a position is subject to a subsequent national criminal history record check upon renewal. School vacations are not a break in employment. Fingerprinting of immediately affected applicants for certification, authorization or renewal, conducting of the needed state and national criminal history record checks by the State Bureau of Identification and forwarding of the results by the bureau to the department must begin on September 1, 1999.
Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §6103, 2nd ¶, as amended by PL 1999, c. 791, §2, is repealed.
Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA §6103, sub-§3-A, as amended by PL 2015, c. 267, Pt. SSS, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 20-A MRSA §13007, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2005, c. 457, Pt. FF, §1, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
The department shall annually post the fees established by the commissioner for the initial issuance of and the renewal of teacher, education specialist and administrator certificates on its publicly accessible website. The commissioner shall adopt rules to carry out this subsection. Rules adopted under this subsection to establish and assess fees for the initial issuance of and the renewal of teacher, education specialist and administrator certificates are major substantive rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 5. 20-A MRSA §13007, sub-§2, ¶D, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 702, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 6. 20-A MRSA §13011, sub-§9, as amended by PL 2003, c. 445, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 7. 20-A MRSA §13011, sub-§10, as amended by PL 2011, c. 635, Pt. B, §3, is further amended to read:
Sec. 8. 20-A MRSA §13023, sub-§6, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 457, Pt. FF, §2, is amended to read:
Sec. 9. Department of Education and State Board of Education review of educational certification rules. The Department of Education in conjunction with the State Board of Education shall review all department rules regarding certification of educational personnel and shall submit by January 7, 2017 a report regarding the review to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs. The joint standing committee may report out legislation related to the report to the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.