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Maine Constitution Art. 03 Distribution of Powers

Article III. Distribution of Powers. Section 1. Powers distributed. The powers of this government shall be divided into 3 distinct departments, the legislative, executive and judicial. Section 2. To be kept separate. No person or persons, belonging to one of … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 04 Part 1

Article IV. — Part First. House of Representatives. Section 1. Legislative department; style of acts. The legislative power shall be vested in 2 distinct branches, a House of Representatives, and a Senate, each to have a negative on the other, … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 04 Part 2

Article IV. — Part Second. Senate. Section 1. Number of Senators. The Senate shall consist of an odd number of Senators, not less than 31 nor more than 35, elected at the same time and for the same term as … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 04 Part 3

Article IV. — Part Third. Legislative Power. Section 1. To meet annually; power of Legislature to convene itself at other times; extent of legislative power. The Legislature shall convene on the first Wednesday of December following the general election in … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 05 Part 1

Article V. — Part First. Executive Power. Section 1. Governor. The supreme executive power of this State shall be vested in a Governor. Section 2. Term of office; reelection eligibility. The Governor shall be elected by the qualified electors, and … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 05 Part 2

Article V. — Part Second. Secretary. Section 1. Election. The Secretary of State shall be chosen biennially at the first session of the Legislature, by joint ballot of the Senators and Representatives in convention. Section 1-A. Succession to the office … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 05 Part 3

Article V. — Part Third. Treasurer. Section 1. Election. The Treasurer shall be chosen biennially, at the first session of the Legislature, by joint ballot of the Senators, and Representatives in convention. Section 1-A. Succession to the office of Treasurer. … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 06 Judicial Power

Article VI. Judicial Power. Section 1. Courts. The judicial power of this State shall be vested in a Supreme Judicial Court, and such other courts as the Legislature shall from time to time establish. Section 2. Compensation. The Justices of … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 07 Military

Article VII. Military. Section 1. Officers, how appointed. All commissioned officers of the militia shall be appointed and commissioned by the Governor, from such persons as are qualified by law to hold such offices. Section 2. Qualifications and selection. The … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 08 Part 1

Article VIII. — Part First. Education. Section 1. Legislature shall require towns to support public schools; duty of Legislature. A general diffusion of the advantages of education being essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people; … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 08 Part 2

Article VIII. — Part Second. Municipal Home Rule. Section 1. Power of municipalities to amend their charters. The inhabitants of any municipality shall have the power to alter and amend their charters on all matters, not prohibited by Constitution or … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 09

Article IX. General Provisions. Section 1. Oaths and subscriptions. Every person elected or appointed to either of the places or offices provided in this Constitution, and every person elected, appointed, or commissioned to any judicial, executive, military or other office … Continue reading

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Maine Constitution Art. 10

Article X. Additional Provisions. Section 1. (See Section 7 and Note.) Section 2. (See Section 7 and Note.) Section 3. Laws now in force continue until repealed. All laws now in force in this State, and not repugnant to this … Continue reading

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Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act 1979

INDIAN TERRITORIES CHAPTER 601 MAINE INDIAN CLAIMS SETTLEMENT (To Indian Lands Claims article.) 30 § 6201. Short title INDIAN TERRITORIES CHAPTER 601 MAINE INDIAN CLAIMS SETTLEMENT 30 § 6201. Short title This Act shall be known and may be cited … Continue reading

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Map Cabinet

Map of Maine 1778

The Map Cabinet offers selected images of historic maps of Maine. Most are from the Library of Congress where higher resolution versions are available by following the links listed under “Sources” below. The Library’s “permalinks” are permanent links to the … Continue reading

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Margaretta

Map: 1785 Survey of Machias Bay

On May 9, 1775, Captain James Moore sailed the British warship, the Margaretta, into Machias harbor with news of the battles of Lexington and Concord. The vessel had traveled to Maine to insure that a load of lumber was delivered … Continue reading

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McKernan Inaugural Address 1987

Governor John R. McKernan, Jr., January 8, 1987 Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the 113th Legislature, Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary, Mr. Secretary of State, Senator Smith, Members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation, Former Governors, Members of … Continue reading

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McKernan Inaugural Address 1991

Governor John R. McKernan, Jr., January 3, 1991 Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the 115th Legislature, Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary, Mr. Secretary of State, Members of the Clergy, and Fellow Citizens: Before I begin, I … Continue reading

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Penobscot Expedition

After months of alarm and gathering of resources, on July 19, 1779 forty vessels left Boston Harbor for Penobscot Bay on the ill-fated Penobscot Expedition to remove the British from that region and Castine in particular. Not willing to await … Continue reading

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Political Party Platforms

Political party platforms during the past 100+ years track the changing values and goals of Maine people. Major themes include the role of government, conflicts between labor and business, efforts at spurring economic development sometimes restrained by the emerging concern over environmental degradation. Continue reading

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