"Cover Story" piece analyzing how solid support for a legislative bill that mand
"Cover Story" piece analyzing how solid support for a legislative bill that mandates fingerprinting and criminal background checks on all Maine school teachers and employees finally dissolved. The bill was passed in 1997, but fingerprinting didn't start until last November. Duke Albanese, the commissioner of education and the Legislature's Education Committee have fought to keep the bill as written. But two freshman legislators, Joanne Twomey, D-Biddeford, and David Trahan, R-Waldoboro, sponsored bills to repeal or dramatically weaken it, and at least 50 teachers signed a declaration of conscience, threatening to resign rather than comply. A substitute bill offered by House Minority Leader Tom Murphy, R-Kennebunk, that would require only new hires to be fingerprinted, is gaining support. With related articles about other controversial bills waiting to be taken up by the Legislature next week.
Bills, Legislative, Employee screening, School employees
Curl, Aimee L., ""Cover Story" piece analyzing how solid support for a legislative bill that mand" (2000). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 4317.