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Encyclopedia > Maine Legislature

The Maine Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maine. It is a bicameral body composed of the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate. It meets in the state's capital, Augusta. State legislatures are the lawmaking bodies of the 50 states in the United States of America. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, together with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... State nickname: The Pine Tree State Other U.S. States Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Governor John Baldacci (D) Official languages None Area 86,542 km² (39th)  - Land 80,005 km²  - Water 11,724 km² (13. ... In government, bicameralism is the practice of having two legislative or parliamentary chambers. ... Maines house of Representatives is part of the states legislature, the other being the State Senate. ... Location in Maine Founded  -Incorporated  1754  {{{incorporated}}} County  Kennebec County Mayor  William E. Dowling Area  - Total  - Water  150. ...


The House of Representatives consists of one-hundred and fifty-one members, each chosen from a single-member district. Also, there are two nonvoting Representatives representing the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The Senate includes a varying number of members, which may under the Constitution be thirty-one, thirty-three, or thirty-five; the present number is thirty-five. The Penobscot are a sovereign people indigenous to what is now the northeastern U.S. and Maritime Canada, particularly Maine. ... Passamaquoddy is the name of a tribe of Native Americans located in northeastern North America, primarily in Maine and New Brunswick. ...


In order to be a member of Representative, be no less than twenty-one years old, have been for five years a citizen of the United States, have been a resident of the State for one year, and for the 3 months next preceding the time of this person's election shall have been, and, during the period for which elected, continue to be, a resident in the district represented. Senatorial qualifications are the same, save that they must be at least twenty-one years old.


Legislative elections are held in November of every even-numbered year. The terms for both Houses are two years.


The Assembly is headed by the Speaker, while the Senate is headed by the President.


The Legislature has the power to make laws, subject to a veto by the Governor. The Legislature, however, by a vote of two-thirds in each house, may override the veto. The Legislature also has the power to propose constitutional amendments by a vote of two-thirds in each house; the proposal must be approved by a majority of voters in a referendum in order to be passed.


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Hannibal Hamlin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (832 words)
Hamlin served in the Maine Legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and as Governor of Maine.
Hamlin was born in the Paris Hill district of South Paris, Maine, in Oxford County.
He died in Bangor, Maine, on July 4, 1891 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Maine Legislature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (297 words)
The Maine Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maine.
It is a bicameral body composed of the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate.
The Legislature also has the power to propose constitutional amendments by a vote of two-thirds in each house; the proposal must be approved by a majority of voters in a referendum in order to be passed.
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