‘a great thing for our community’

Sen. Herbig’s bill supporting Maine Ocean School becomes law

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 8:45am

AUGUSTA — A new law that took effect June 16 allows the Maine Ocean School in Searsport to continue providing a hands-on education centered around marine life. The law extends the sunset provision written into Maine Ocean School’s authorization for an additional year, allowing them to continue to operate.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast.

“Maine Ocean School is doing great work in preparing our students for success in the fields of marine science, technology, transportation and engineering,” said Senator Herbig, in a news release. “Maine’s maritime economy and culture is a unique part of our history and an essential part of our future. Having a school dedicated to educating our young people about these topics is a great thing for our community. I’ve spent time with students from Maine Ocean School, and I find them to be smart, inspiring people who deserve to continue their education.”

LD 2020, “An Act To Strengthen Maritime Education by Amending the Laws Governing the Maine School for Marine Science, Technology, Transportation and Engineering,” received unanimous support in both the House and Senate, according to the release.

All non-emergency laws take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die, unless otherwise specified.