Home Useful Links About

Links to State of Maine .gov Websites

No one competes with the State as a source of information about legislators and legislation. What follows is a list organized by type of information.

Any of this information can be useful depending on one's interest at a point in time, but my personal favorite is the "Committee Info" page shown below. Crafting intelligent policy that is durable and improves people's lives is challenging, and if you would like to see the arguments that were offered on both sides of proposed legislation, then you will want to see the testimony heard by the committee that the bill was referred to.

To learn who your legislators are

Use the State's website, at which you can type in your address, The Maine Voter Information Lookup Service

To learn more about your legislator

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate maintain websites of information which includes links to home pages for each Senator and Representative as well as a variety of other useful links:

The Maine House of Representatives

The Maine State Senate

To see all roll call votes in the House of Representatives or the Senate

For a House roll call vote, start here: All roll call votes, House, 128th Session
For a Senate roll call vote, start here: All roll call votes, Senate, 128th Session

To learn more about a specific legislative document, order or paper

The easiest way to find information on the State's website is to start with any roll call, and then use their navigation system. Once you select a particular roll call to view from either of the pages of all roll call votes given above, the page that lists the roll call has their navigation bar on the left, shown below:

image of state website navigation bar

The site is navigated by using the tabs on the left, which are the same starting from any roll call. The tabs link to the following pages:

To learn more about the legislative process

The State provides an overview here.

An additional useful additional reference is The Legislative Handbook, authored by the State's Office of Policy and Legal Analysis and given to freshly minted legislators at the start of each session. A PDF version of the Handbook for the 128th Session resides here.

Other resources

This list will surely grow over time, but for starters a couple of links to organizations that are focused on state government. Both are bipartisan, led by legislators and mainly intended as a resource for legislators, but provide information on other states' approaches to common problems.

The National Conference of State Legislatures

The Council of State Governments