Maine

As the northernmost state in New England, Maine is the US state with the northeastern most peak in the country, and sits in the First District Circuit of the United States. By land mass, it is the 39th smallest state in the US, and the 42nd state by population, with just over 1.3 million residents. Until the 1820s, Maine was a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until it seceded, becoming its own state. It was admitted as the 23rd state into the Union under the Missouri Compromise on March 15, 1820.  Maine is the easternmost state in the country, and the only state which borders only one other state, New Hampshire.

The state is known for agricultural outputs which include poultry, eggs, dairy, cattle, apples, and maple sugar and syrup. Commercial fishing is one of the largest economic-drivers for the state, which mainstays in lobstering and groundfishing. Aquifers and natural springs in the state are also responsible for the bottling of natural spring water which is sold in the US and internationally. Tourism and outdoor recreation are also two key components which drive Maine’s economy. Additionally, with nearly 230 miles of coastline, Maine is known for fishing, trade, importing and exports within the US and with international markets.

The government of Maine is broken into three co-equal branches, the executive, legislative and judicial branches.  Additionally, the Maine Constitution allows for three Constitutional Officers—the Secretary of State, the State Treasurer and the State Attorney General.  There is an additional Statutory Officer, the State Auditor.

The executive branch: Headed by the Governor of Maine, elected every four years, but with a term limit of two consecutive terms in office.  Maine does not have a lieutenant governor, which makes it one of seven states to not have that office.

The legislative branch is comprised of the Maine Senate and the Maine House of Representatives, collectively known as the Maine Legislature.  The Senate has 35 members, and the House of Representatives has 151 members.  With a two-thirds majority from both the House and the Senate, the legislature can override a gubernatorial veto. 

The judicial branch rounds out the government, charged with the task of interpreting state laws.  The judicial branch is headed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and lower courts include the District Court, Superior Court and Probate Court.  Judges are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature for seven-year terms, and probate judges are elected by the voters of their respective county for four-year terms, serving part-time.

The state has four electoral votes which go towards the federal Presidential elections.

In 2009, Maine along with Washington and Maryland, became the first states to legalize same-sex marriage at ballot boxes.

The state has a law school at the University of Maine.  Other universities in Maine include, Colby College, Husson University, and Beal College.

The National Law Review covers news, stories, and cases from Maine which impact the state, and federal government. Some of the stories covered include legalization of marijuana, tax disputes, Medicaid expansions and healthcare in the state, minimum wage and labor/employment law, and state and federal news related to government agencies. Visitors to the National Law Review will continually find the latest coverage from the state, related to its citizens, and the federal government system.

Date Title Organization
20
Feb
Procedure, Not Politics Pierce Atwood LLP
9
Feb
First Circuit Says Maine Equal Pay Law Does Not Require Discriminatory Intent Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
1
Feb
Maine DEP Proposes Compensatory Program for Renewable Projects Subject to Site Law Pierce Atwood LLP
24
Jan
When Should Prior Precedent Be Overruled? Pierce Atwood LLP
17
Jan
DEP Proposes Substantive Changes to Administrative Rules Pierce Atwood LLP
16
Jan
Take Note: Significant 2024 Gift/Estate Tax Exemption Inflation Increases Blank Rome LLP
15
Jan
The Court as Casino No More: Law Court Ends Stringent Foreclosure Rule Pierce Atwood LLP
12
Jan
Maine Law Court Reverses Rule Barring Foreclosure After a Deficient Notice of Default Pierce Atwood LLP
11
Jan
BREAKING NEWS: Portland, ME Hazard Pay in Effect Pierce Atwood LLP
10
Jan
PFAS In Maine: DEP Seeks Exemption Proposals Pierce Atwood LLP
9
Jan
MDEP Begins Accepting Requests for Proposed Currently Unavoidable Uses of PFAS Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
8
Jan
Maine DEP Requests Proposals on Currently Unavoidable Uses of PFAS in Products Beveridge & Diamond PC
8
Jan
Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging: What’s Ahead in 2024 Hunton Andrews Kurth
2
Jan
US State Law Roundup – 2023 Year-end Update Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
20
Dec
New Year, New Rules? 2024 May See Implementation Of The DOL’s Proposal For Increased Exemption Salary Thresholds While State-Specific Thresholds Are Also Set To Increase Polsinelli PC
11
Dec
State and Local Hourly Minimum Wage Rate Increases are “Coming to Town” on January 1, 2024 Polsinelli PC
28
Nov
The New Year Brings New Leave Laws Jackson Lewis P.C.
28
Nov
The Limits of Deference to Agency Interpretations Under Maine Law Pierce Atwood LLP
20
Nov
Maine Court Clarifies Jurisdiction in Certain Property Tax Appeals and Addresses Maine Revenue Services’ Duty to Taxpayers When Changing Policy Pierce Atwood LLP
13
Nov
Maine Disclosure Requirements Burden Industry Members McDermott Will & Emery
6
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert November 6, 2023 (For the week ending November 5, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
1
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert November 1, 2023 (For the week ending October 29, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
26
Oct
(Precedent) Singing in Harmony Pierce Atwood LLP
23
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 23, 2023 (For the week ending October 22, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
17
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 17, 2023 (For the week ending October 15, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
10
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 10, 2023 (For the Week Ending October 8, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
3
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 3, 2023 (For the week ending October 1, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
3
Oct
The Primacy Doctrine and Appellate Advocacy Pierce Atwood LLP
27
Sep
New England State Consumer Data Privacy Bills Currently Under Consideration Pierce Atwood LLP
26
Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: September 26, 2023 (For the week ending September 24, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
21
Sep
Beware the Appeal Deadline, Part 2: Motions to Amend a Judgment v. Motions for Relief from Judgment Pierce Atwood LLP
18
Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert September 18, 2023 (For the week ending September 17, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
11
Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert September 11, 2023 (For the week ending September 10, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
8
Sep
New England Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Class Action Filings Soar in 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
7
Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert September 7, 2023 (For the week ending September 3, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
28
Aug
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert August 28, 2023 (For the week ending August 27, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
25
Aug
Maine Office of Securities Enforcement Update Pierce Atwood LLP
21
Aug
Maine Enacts Expansive Paid Family and Medical Leave Law Proskauer Rose LLP
8
Aug
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert Week Ending August 6 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
3
Aug
Maine Legislature Enacts Law to Prepare for Offshore Wind Development Pierce Atwood LLP
1
Aug
Beware the Appeal Deadline: Pending Motions and Entry of Final Judgment Pierce Atwood LLP
28
Jul
So not only are NIMBYs delaying our essential transition to renewable energy, they're also taking lots of money out of our pockets! Mintz
27
Jul
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert (For the week ending July 23, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
21
Jul
Maine Raises Discrimination Damages Caps and Expands Employee Protections Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
19
Jul
Trending in Telehealth: June 27 – July 10, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
18
Jul
Maine Enacts New Paid Family and Medical Leave Act Jackson Lewis P.C.
18
Jul
Adjournment Requests in Divorce Litigation: Be Kind Blank Rome LLP
17
Jul
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - Week of July 17, 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
13
Jul
CFPB Amicus Brief Emphasizes Strength of Truth In Lending Act Anti-Evasion Precedent Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
13
Jul
Appellate Preservation and Summary Judgment Pierce Atwood LLP
 

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