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BILLS, LAWS & STATUTES

LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

REPORTS, STUDIES & NEWSLETTERS

RESEARCH  & INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS

SCHEDULES     

 

 

BILLS, LAWS & STATUTES

Maine Constitution

Maine Revised Statutes
The statutes are current through the 124th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session (Oct. 1, 2010). They are published by the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.

Laws of Maine (1997- )
Session laws enacted as Public Laws, Private and Special Laws, Resolves, or Constitutional Resolutions. Published by the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.  Online from 1997 forward.  A Text search option is also available.

Bills
Legislative Documents ("LDs") introduced and considered by the Maine Legislature.  Amendments are included as well.  Choose from the following sessions:

Available Bill Text and Status Information
Session
List
Text Search
Status Search
112th, 1987-1988    
113th, 1987-1988    
114th, 1989-1990    
115th, 1991-1992    
116th, 1993-1994    
117th, 1995-1996    
118th, 1997-1998    
119th, 1999-2000  
120th, 2001-2002  
121st, 2003-2004
122nd, 2005-2006
123rd, 2007-2008
124th, 2009-2010
125th, 2011-2012
       

Bill Summaries
Summaries of bills referred to the Joint Standing Committees. Information includes primary sponsor, amendments, and final action. The Office of Fiscal and Program Review prepares summaries for the Appropriations and Taxation committees. The Office of Policy and Legal Analysis prepares summaries for all other committees.

Enacted Law Digests (1999- )
Produced at the end of each legislative session by the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis and the Office of Fiscal and Program Review, the Digests include the chapter number, title, LD number (for bills and resolves) or House or Senate paper number and title (for joint orders), a summary of the enacted bill, resolve or order and the effective date of any emergency legislation.

History & Final Disposition (1997- )
The History and Final Disposition gives the final status of all legislative documents. Includes sponsor and committee names, as well as identification of any new drafts or adopted amendments to the original bill . Published by the Legislative Information Office.

Weekly Legislative Reports
Lists of bills printed and bills enacted each week during the current session. Compiled by the Clerk of House.

Freedom of Access
Information about your right to receive information about government activity. Learn how to make a request, which exceptions exist and get answers to frequently asked questions.

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LEGISLATIVE PROCESS


Budget Process
An overview of the State’s budget process updated biennially by the Office of Fiscal and Program Review.

Fiscal Note Process
An overview of the State’s fiscal note process updated biennially by the Office of Fiscal and Program Review.

Legislative Record
Verbatim transcript of proceedings, floor debate and recorded votes in the Maine House and Senate:

Legislators' Handbook
A guide to procedures, services, terminology, structure and facts of the Maine Legislature prepared each session for legislator's by the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis.

Maine Legislative Drafting Manual
Covers cloture, intake, the drafting process, forms of bills and orders, amendments, style and more. Published by the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. (PDF Format)

Path of Legislation
A step-by-step explanation of how a bill becomes a law in Maine.

Rules
Rules of operations and procedures adopted either by the House, the Senate, or jointly.

Senate Session Tools
Mailing list, labels and other data usful for working with Senators.

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REPORTS,  STUDIES & NEWSLETTERS 

Compendium of State Fiscal Information (2013)

Major State Funding Disbursed to Municipalities and Counties (2013)

Legislative Study Reports

OPLA Notes  (2000-  )
Published by the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis. Each issue of the newsletter features a legislative story (such as the Dirigo Health Plan), information on studies, recent legal issues and the legislature, and interesting facts about Maine.

Fiscal News  (2007-  )
Published monthly by the Office of Fiscal and Program Review. This newsletter includes monthly revenue and cash balance updates and other articles on important fiscal and budget issues affecting the State.

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RESEARCH & INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS

Acquisitions List 
The Law Library regularly updates a listing of selected new items added to its collection.

Glossary of Legislative Terms
A list of terms commonly used in the legislative process in Maine.

Legisbrief Cumulative Index 
The Law Library subscribes to NCSL Legisbrief and compiles its own cumulative subject index. These two-page issue papers are useful for tracking legislative topics in other states and on a national level.

Legislators' Handbook
A guide to procedures, services, terminology, structure and facts of the Maine Legislature prepared each session for legislators by the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis.

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SCHEDULES

Advance Journal and Calendars
  • House  Also links to an index of past calendars.
  • Senate

Session Schedules
House and Senate monthly sessions, Hall of Flags activities and performances, Offerings of opening prayers

Weekly Legislative Calendar
List of meetings of interest to Legislators and members of the public Compiled by the Clerk of the House.

More Schedules, Meetings and Events
A more complete list where you can find information on schedules, meetings and events taking place in the State House and related locations.

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