Attorney General of Maine
|Maine Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013-2014 FY Budget:||$31,074,910|
|Term limits:||4 two-year terms|
|Length of term:||Two years|
|Authority:||Maine Constitution, Article IX, Section 11|
|Selection Method:||Elected by secret ballot of the state legislature|
|Name:||Janet T. Mills|
|Assumed office:||December 4, 2012|
|Other Maine Executive Offices|
|Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner • Superintendent of Insurance • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Appointments
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 Campaign finance
- 9 State budget
- 10 Compensation
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact Information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
The previous officeholder was William Schneider. Elected to the office by a Republican majority that controlled both houses of the State Legislature in 2010, he was the first Republican named to the statewide public position in decades.
The Attorney General shall be chosen biennially by joint ballot of the Senators and Representatives in convention. Vacancy in said office occurring when the Legislature is not in session, may be filled by appointment by the Governor, subject to confirmation as required by this Constitution for Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court.
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The Maine Attorney General is elected by secret ballot of the legislature. It is one of the first tasks of each newly-sworn in legislature. Maine is the only state to select its attorney general in this manner.
The attorney general is limited to four 2-year terms.
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The attorney general oversees the following duties while in office:
- Representing the State and is agencies in civil actions, prosecuting claims to recover money for the State, and prosecuting other crimes
- Consulting and advising district attorneys
- Non-profit funding regulations
- Giving written opinions upon questions of the law submitted by the governor, state legislature or state agencies
- Appointing deputy and assistant attorneys general
- Acting as the first in line to succeed the Governor should the office holder leave office or become incapacitate. Maine is one of five states that has no Lt. Governor.
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- Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Maine ballot measures
The Attorney General of Maine is responsible for all disciplinary manners towards the state's campaign finance laws. This is regardless if the offense involves civil or criminal laws. The first step if someone may have violated Maine campaign finance law is to file a complaint with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. It is up to the Commission to determine if any apparent violation has happened.
- See also: Maine state budget and finances
The Department of the Attorney General's budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 was $31,074,910.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The attorney general’s salary is determined by the Maine Legislative Council, an administrative body comprised of 10 elected members of legislative leadership. The Council establishes salaries for all legislative employees, unless otherwise determine by law.  The attorney general is also permitted to claim reimbursement for actual expenses.  The Legislative Council may decide to adjust the salary of the secretary of state and attorney general for each year of continuous service. 
|Attorney General; office; salary. The Attorney General is the executive head of the Department of the Attorney General. The Attorney General shall keep an office at the seat of government and is entitled to receive an annual salary in full for all services. The Attorney General is entitled to receive actual expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.|
In 2013, the attorney general's salary increased to $92,248.
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6 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Toll Free Phone: 207-626-8865
- Free Press Online, "New But Familiar Attorney General & Secretary of State and New Treasurer" accessed December 7, 2012
- Main Justice, "Maine AUSA Elected State Attorney General" 2 Dec. 2010
- Maine Public Broadcasting Network, "Mills Wants to Stay on as Maine's Attorney General," November 24, 2010
- Maine Legislature, "Maine Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 21A-§1003, (4) Maine Revised Statutes)
- State of Maine, "2013 HP 1079-LD1509," 100," accessed June27, 2013
- Maine Legislature, "126th Maine Legislature Orientation Materials," accessed February 18, 2015
- Maine Legislature, '"State Departments, Attorney General," (Referenced Statute 5-§191, Maine Revised Statutes) accessed February 19, 2015
- Maine Legislature, ‘’Salaries of constitutional officers,’’ (Referenced Statute 3- §162-B, Maine Revised Statutes) accessed February 19, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 25, 2014
- Council of state governments, Table 4.11 Selected state administrative officials: Annual Salaries
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