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.

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Dec
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Weekly Bankruptcy Alert December 13, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
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Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: December 5, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
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Nov
Another legal victory for New England Clean Energy Connect but, unbelievably, it still isn't nearly out of the woods. Mintz
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Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: November 28, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
21
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - November 21, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
16
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert November 16, 2022 (For the week ending November 13, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
9
Nov
Maine Continues Rulemaking for PFAS in Consumer Products Law Keller and Heckman LLP
7
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - November 7, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
31
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert, October 31, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
31
Oct
Biden-Harris Administration Announces More than $13 Million from EPA's Clean School Bus Program for 13 Maine School Districts U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
26
Oct
New England Clean Energy Connect Will Remain on Ice until At Least Next Year as Achievement of Bay State's GHG Reduction Goals Hangs in The Balance Mintz
24
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 24, 2022 (For the Week Ending October 23, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
11
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 11, 2022 (For the week ending October 9, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
4
Oct
LUPC Proposes Amendments to Solar Facility Permitting Rules Pierce Atwood LLP
30
Sep
PFAS Reporting Will Take Effect in Maine on January 1, 2023, Unless an Extension Is Obtained Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
29
Sep
No Love for the Dirty Water: EPA Proposing Expanded Stormwater Permitting in Boston Robinson & Cole LLP
27
Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert September 27, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
19
Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert (For the week ending September 18, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
12
Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: September 12, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
7
Sep
Update: EPA Publishes Proposed Rule Designating PFOA and PFOS Hazardous Substances, Triggering Public Comment Deadline Pierce Atwood LLP
6
Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: Week of September 6, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
30
Aug
Maine's Highest Court Has Given the New England Clean Energy Connect Project a Map to Viability, but It Isn't Out of the Woods Yet. Mintz
29
Aug
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - August 29, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
23
Aug
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: August 23, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
11
Aug
Maine Court Approves Consent Decree on Long-Running RCRA Suit, Rejects Request to Bar Future Claims ArentFox Schiff LLP
3
Aug
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: August 3, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
26
Jul
Maine’s Nondisclosure Agreements Law: New Limitations on Settlement, Separation, or Severance Agreements Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
26
Jul
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: July 26, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
26
Jul
States Continue Crack Down on Nondisclosure Agreements Hunton Andrews Kurth
22
Jul
The Latest in Multi-Jurisdictional Compliance With Employment Application Laws Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
19
Jul
A Summer Smorgasbord – Rule Changes, Constitutional Law, and Settlement Agreements Pierce Atwood LLP
18
Jul
Several States have Enacted Broad Ban on Non-disclosure Agreements Foley & Lardner LLP
18
Jul
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert, July 18, 2022 (For the week ending July 17, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
3
Jul
Proposed Amendments to the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure Pierce Atwood LLP
1
Jul
Class Action Trends Report: Other Class Action Developments Jackson Lewis P.C.
14
Jun
Proposed Amendments to the Maine Rules of Appellate Pierce Atwood LLP
8
Jun
Summer State/Local Law Round-Up, Part 1 of 2: California through New York (US) Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
2
Jun
Covid-19, Emergency Pandemic Orders, and Force Majeure Pierce Atwood LLP
25
May
FCC Announces Nine More State Robocall Investigation Partnerships Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
11
May
Transitioning from fossil fuels requires something to transition to. Mintz
26
Apr
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: April 26, 2022 (For the week ending April 24, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
25
Apr
Due Process, Preliminary Injunctions, and Final Judgments Pierce Atwood LLP
20
Apr
PFAS Biosolids Ban Poised To Become Reality In Maine CMBG3 Law
18
Apr
No Vacation From Vacation Pay in Vacationland: Beware, Maine Employers! Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
22
Mar
White House Focuses on Pay Equity and Transparency Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
22
Mar
Maine DEP Making Changes to Marine Oil Terminal Rules Pierce Atwood LLP
17
Mar
COVID-19: State Law Telehealth Considerations: State Licensure Requirements Persist, Permissible Telehealth Modalities Generally Expand, and Insurance Parity Laws Ensure Reimbursement (Part 2 of a 3-Part Series) K&L Gates
 

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