In this Dec. 29, 2021, file photo, snow covers the park in front of the State House in Augusta. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Maine might make it easier for students and graduates to get access to their school transcripts.

Lawmakers in the state are considering a proposal that would require post-secondary schools in Maine to provide a transcript or diploma for students if the students need those materials to do things such as apply for a job, further their education or join the military. The Maine Senate voted in favor of the proposal Wednesday.

The proposal would also prompt students and schools to open communications about past-due fees and debts, supporters of the bill said. The students and schools would then be required to develop a repayment plan if necessary, they said.

Democratic Sen. Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic said the proposal would help students because it would “empower them to finish their education or join the workforce, which puts them in a better position to repay their debts.” The proposal still needs more votes in the Legislature.