Monday, June 10, 2019

New Maine law tightening vaccination rules has an exception for special ed students

Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill in May tightening vaccination rules for those attending school in Maine, but the stricter requirements don’t apply to one group of students.

A provision in the law will grandfather in special education students and allow them to continue opting out of vaccinations on religious and philosophical grounds for several years after other students no longer have those options.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Maine Senate unanimously approves bill to study how to increase child screening

Maine ranks last in the nation in screenings for kids in their first year of life.

State Senators unanimously approved a bill Friday aimed at improving that.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Senate unanimously passes funding bill for Ombudsman's Office

I've found the current ombudsman to be a useless CPS supporter.
A bill to increase funding for the office that provides oversight on the child welfare system got unanimous approval Monday in the Maine Senate. 
After hearing from constituents that only one person in the Ombudsman's Office was not enough, Sen. Shenna Bellows, D-Manchester, introduced this bill to allow the office to create more positions. 
The Ombudsman's Office investigates complaints about DHHS regarding to the system itself. 
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Friday, May 31, 2019

Maine ranks among lowest at protecting kids online: national study finds

When it comes to protecting children online, a new study shows Maine has some work to do.

Safewise.com gave the state a 'D' rating. It found Maine to be one of just five states with the least supportive laws to protect children from online threats like cyberbullying and sexting.

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Maine social service agency closes abruptly, imperiling care for at-risk children, clients

After 35 years and thousands of people helped, a Belfast-based nonprofit agency that provides mental health, early child intervention and other services to people in three counties last week abruptly announced its imminent closure.

The end of the road for Broadreach Family and Community Services came not because of one factor but because of the accumulation of many, according to Executive Director Todd Goodwin.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Maine Gov. Janet Mills Signs Legislation Protecting LGBTQ Youth from “Conversion Therapy”

HRC celebrated Maine Governor Janet Mills signing into law L.D. 1025, which protects LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” The bill was passed with strong bipartisan support and makes Maine the 17th state in the U.S. to protect youth from this egregious practice.

“Today, Maine has taken decisive action to protect LGBTQ youth from so-called ‘conversion therapy,’” said Marty Rouse, national field director for the Human Rights Campaign. “We’re grateful to Gov. Janet Mills for signing this bill into law, the Maine state legislature -- especially lead sponsor Rep. Ryan Fecteau -- and EqualityMaine for their leadership in taking up this important issue. As more states and jurisdictions work to prevent this dangerous, debunked practice, it is clear: ‘conversion therapy’ should have no place in our country.”

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Top Maine House lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill package to fight poverty

Paul Dwyer sat down with two of the highest ranking state lawmakers Tuesday to discuss their plans to fight child poverty in Maine.

With one in five kids not knowing when, or even if, their next meal is coming, lawmakers here in Augusta have decided to put party aside and try to find a solution for this problem affecting Maine's most vulnerable.

Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, and Assistant House Republican Leader Trey Stewart, R-Presque Isle, are introducing a bill package called "Invest in Tomorrow."

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