Maine State Resource Center
Maine Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The duties of the Attorney General include representing the State and its agencies in civil actions; prosecuting claims to recover money for the State; investigating and prosecuting homicides and other crimes; consulting with and advising the district attorneys; enforcing proper application of funds given to public charities in the State; and giving written opinions upon questions of law submitted by the Governor, Legislature, or state agencies.
The Governor of Maine is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Maine and the commander-in-chief of its military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Maine Legislature, to convene the legislature at any time, and, except in cases of impeachment, to grant pardons.
- Secretary of State
The Department of the Secretary of State has a broad array of Department functions - from safeguarding the original Maine State Constitution and preserving millions of precious historic documents, to conducting state elections and testing motor vehicle operators. In Maine, the Secretary of State oversees one cohesive Department made up of three distinct bureaus: the Maine State Archives; the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions (CEC); and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
- State Auditor
The Department of Audit's primary responsibility is to audit the financial statements of the State of Maine and expenditures of federal programs.
- State Treasurer
The core duties of the Treasurer’s Office are debt management, cash management, trust fund administration and unclaimed property administration. Other major tasks assigned to the Treasurer are directorships on many of Maine’s quasi-governmental debt issuing agencies and distributions under the Municipal Revenue Sharing Program.
Maine Legislative Branch
- Legislative Branch
The Maine Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maine. It is a bicameral body composed of the lower house Maine House of Representatives and the upper house Maine Senate. The House of Representatives consists of one-hundred and fifty-one members, each chosen from single-member constituencies. The Senate includes a varying number of members, which may under the Maine Constitution be thirty-one, thirty-three, or thirty-five.
- State Law and Legislative Reference Library
The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library is established by statute as a nonpartisan service office of the Maine Legislature. The Library serves the public interest by providing legal and governmental information services without discrimination to the people of Maine, their government and the legal community.
Maine Court Rules and Forms
- Maine Court Forms & Publications
The State of Maine Judicial Branch has a number of publications available from the Administrative Office of the Courts. Forms available for download are in PDF format.
- Maine Court Rules
Civil and Appellate Rules (NOTE: Criminal Rules Differ for Cumberland and Penobscot Counties Due to the Establishment of the Unified Criminal Docket in those Counties)
Maine Judicial Branch
- Court Opinions Search
Search by keyword to locate Maine Supreme Court opinions and administrative orders.
- Judicial Branch
The mission of the Maine Judicial Branch is to administer justice by providing a safe, accessible, efficient and impartial system that serves the public interest, protects individual rights, and instills respect for the law. Courts of Maine include: the Supreme Judicial Court; two Superior Courts; three District Courts; and four Problem-Solving Courts.
Maine Executive Branch
- Bureau of Corporation, Elections, and Commissions
The Bureau is responsible for elections, corporations, and a variety of central filing activities. The Bureau has significant contact with the public in many areas including the following: conduct of state elections; corporation filings; Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings; oversight of the Administrative Procedure Act (state agency rule-making); recording of appointments to state offices, boards, and commissions; secretariat to the Governor's Board on Executive Clemency; commissioning of notaries public; and the disclosure of financial information by state agency executive employees.
- Children's Cabinet
The mission of the Children's Cabinet is to actively collaborate to create and promote coordinated policies and service delivery systems that support children, families and communities.
- Department of Administrative and Financial Services
The Department of Administrative & Financial Services (DAFS) coordinates a number of central services for departments within Maine State Government. To accomplish its various tasks and responsibilities the DAFS' service bureaus seek to work in partnership with other state agencies.
- Department of Agriculture
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources is the State’s lead agency dealing with all aspects of the food system from the field to the table. The Department maintains a mission of fostering opportunities for the agriculture community and of promoting stewardship of Maine’s natural resources.
- Department of Conservation
The Maine Department of Conservation is a natural resource agency whose bureaus oversee the management, development and protection of some of Maine's most special places: 17 million acres of forest land, 10.4 million acres of unorganized territory, 47 parks and historic sites and more than 480,000 acres of public reserved land.
- Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management
The Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management (DVEM) coordinates and administers the discharge of Maine State Government's responsibility relating to military, veterans and civil emergency preparedness through the authorization, planning, provision of resources, administration, operation and audit of activities in these areas.
- Department of Economic and Community Development
DECD is the umbrella organization for business development, tourism, community development, innovation, film and international trade for the State of Maine.
- Department of Education
Maine Department of Education is the state department of education in the U.S. state of Maine.
- Department of Environmental Protection
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is an agency of Maine State government with the charge to prevent, abate, and control pollution of the air, land, and water.
- Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services resulted from Governor Baldacci's first Inaugural proposal. The Governor's goal was to create a system of health and human services where access to services is easier, care is coordinated and costs are contained.
- Department of Labor
The Department of Labor is committed to serving Maine workers and businesses by assisting individuals, families and communities when jobs are lost; helping people prepare for and find jobs; protecting workers on the job; and researching and analyzing employment data to support job growth.
- Department of Labor: CareerCenter
The Maine CareerCenter provides a variety of employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. Whether you are looking to improve your job qualifications, explore a different profession, find a new career or hire an employee, the CareerCenter can help.
- Department of Marine Resources
The Department of Marine Resources is established to conserve and develop marine and estuarine resources; to conduct and sponsor scientific research; to promote and develop the Maine coastal fishing industries; to advise and cooperate with local, state, and federal officials concerning activities in coastal waters; and to implement, administer, and enforce the laws and regulations necessary for these purposes.
- Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation protects consumers through its licensing, examining, and auditing activities; by conducting programs aimed at increasing voluntary compliance with State laws; by investigating possible violations of law; and by undertaking enforcement actions. The Department responds to consumer complaints and requests for information and conducts educational and outreach programs to make consumers aware of their rights under Maine laws.
- Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety serves the people by protecting their lives, rights, and properties. This is accomplished through criminal justice, law enforcement, fire safety, and emergency response services.
- Department of Transportation
The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) is the bureaucratic office of the state government charged with the regulation and maintenance of roads and other public infrastructure in the state of Maine. MaineDOT reports on the adequacy of roads, highways, and bridges in Maine. It also monitors environmental factors that affect the motor public such as stormwater, ice/snow buildup on roads, and crashes with moose.
- Division of Purchases
The Division of Purchases' primary function is to procure materials, supplies, equipment and services that represent the best value to the State of Maine. The Division is also authorized to extend to political subdivisions and/or school administrative units the privilege of purchasing from their established contracts.
- Emergency Management Agency
Maine Emergency Management Agency coordinates the State of Maine's programs of emergency preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation and homeland security.
- Finance Authority of Maine
The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) provides access to innovative financial solutions to help Maine citizens pursue business and higher educational opportunities. For Higher Education FAME provides various programs to pay for college and to save for college. For businesses, FAME provides the following programs: Direct Loan Opportunities; Equity Capital; Bonds; and Credit Enhancements.
- Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a non-profit agency whose mission is to advocate for quality of life and care for long term care consumers. The program is authorized to investigate complaints made by or on behalf of long-term care consumers and to assist consumers in exercising their rights that are guaranteed by law.
- Maine Army National Guard
The Army National Guard is the oldest component of the United States armed forces. The Maine National Guard is maintained by the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. The Maine Army National Guard previously had an Army Aviation Support Facility, a helicopter maintenance unit, located in the former Dow Air Force Base facility. The AASF appears to now have disbanded.
- Maine Development Foundation
The Maine Development Foundation (MDF) drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for Maine. MDF stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues. MDF is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. It is non-partisan and delivers the highest quality fact-driven work through its programs and through economic research conducted by professional staff. MDF oversees seven programs with a variety focuses ranging from community development, to leadership training, to workforce development.
- Maine Office of Geographic Information Systems
MEGIS provides technical support for Maine GIS data, estimates on custom mapping, as well as consultation on data and application development, as time permits.
- Maine Revenue Services
The Bureau of Revenue Services, through the State Tax Assessor, is empowered to assess and collect Maine’s sales and use taxes, individual and corporate income taxes, motor fuel taxes, estate tax, business taxes, cigarette and tobacco taxes, special industry taxes, State Valuation and property taxes in the Unorganized Territory. It also administers the real estate transfer tax, the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, the Maine Homestead Exemption Program, the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program, and several municipal tax reimbursement programs, and exercises general supervision of local assessing officials.
- Maine State Archives
The Maine State Archives, a bureau within the Department of Secretary of State, maintains approximately 95 million pages of official State records considered to be permanently valuable. The Archives includes the Archives Services Division and the Records Management Services Division.
- Maine State Museum
Maine was one of the first states to initiate the concept of a state museum. It is a semi-independent state agency. The current staff of fourteen full and eleven part-time people is assisted by a strong contingent of generous volunteers. Together the staff and volunteers have maintained professional accreditation and continue to upgrade all aspects of the museum.
- Maine Telecommunications and Information Technology Planning
The Maine Telecommunications and Information Technology Planning Project's objective is to, "develop a strategic planning capacity-- The Maine Project-- to address the state's telecommunications and information infrastructure needs comprehensively and for the long term."
- Office of Adult Mental Health Services
The Office of Adult Mental Health Services (OAMHS) is the designated State Public Mental Health Authority for adults. A primary responsibility of the OAMHS is to develop and maintain a comprehensive system of mental health services and supports for persons age 18 and older with severe and persistent mental illness.
- Office of Information Technology
The Office of Information Technology is responsible for the delivery of safe, secure and high performing networks and systems to State Agencies for daily performance of their missions to the citizens of Maine.
- Office of Tourism
- Public Advocate Office
The Public Advocate Office is committed to public service in representing Maine utility consumers in any matter that is covered by the authority of the Public Utilities Commission so that they have affordable, high quality utility services.
- State Housing Authority
MaineHousing offers programs and services that make housing more affordable to Maine people. MaineHousing is an independent state agency that bridges public and private housing finance, combining them to benefit Maine’s low and moderate-income people.
- State Library
Maine State Library provides communication, education, and information for its greater library community and visitors, access to State-wide catalogs, research databases, and reference materials for its citizens.
- State Lottery
The Maine Lottery is run by the government of Maine. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), whose flagship game is Powerball.
- State Planning Office
The State Planning Office is part of the Executive Department that provides planning assistance, policy development, program management, and technical assistance to build a sustainable future for Maine's communities, businesses, and residents.
- The Office of Child and Family Services
The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) serves Maine's children and their families through the Divisions of Child Welfare, Children's Behavioral Health, Early Childhood, and Public Service Management.
Maine Boards and Commissions
- Atlantic Salmon Commission
The purpose of the Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission is to protect, conserve, restore, manage and enhance Atlantic salmon habitat, populations and sport fisheries within historical habitat in all (inland and tidal) waters of the State of Maine. The Commission works side-by-side with local, state, national and international organizations and agencies to manage the wild Maine Atlantic salmon population.
- Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security
The mission of the OEIS is to work in conjunction with other departments of state government, the Legislature, and private and nonprofit sectors, provide an open and collaborative decision-making environment to create effective public and private partnerships that advance the achievement of energy independence while optimizing Maine’s energy security, economic development, and environmental health.
- Maine Arts Commission
TThe Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state's cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.
- Maine Commission for Community Service
The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, raising awareness of the scope and impact of the sector, and encouraging an ethic of service.
- Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices
The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices is an independent state agency that administers Maine's campaign finance laws, the Maine Clean Election Act, and the lobbyist disclosure law.
- Maine Historic Preservation Commission
Established through a legislative act in 1971, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission is an independent agency within the Executive branch of state government that functions as the State Historic Preservation Office. Its Director is the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). The Commission is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and protection of Maine’s significant cultural resources as directed by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
- Maine Human Rights Commission
The Maine Human Rights Commission is the State agency charged with the responsibility of enforcing Maine’s anti-discrimination laws. The Commission investigates complaints of unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, education, access to public accommodations, extension of credit, and offensive names. The Maine Human Rights Act authorizes the Commission to pursue remedies for unlawful discrimination in Court when necessary to enforce the Act.
- Public Utilities Commission
The Commission regulates electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities to ensure that Maine consumers enjoy safe, adequate and reliable services at rates that are just and reasonable for both consumers and utilities. The Commission oversees emerging competitive markets for some of these services. The Commission also regulates water taxis and ferries in Casco Bay, and promotes safe digging through the Dig Safe underground utility damage prevention program.