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Judiciary Committee, Maine State Legislature
Per the Joint Rules, committees of the Maine State Legislature are assigned by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House. The President appoints a committee's senate members, with the Speaker appointing the house members. Committees are assigned at the start of each term. Each committee is composed of ten representatives and three senators. Seven members constitute a quorum, though a committee may not vote without at least one senator present unless it receives authorization from the President. Neither chamber's leader is recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.
See rules: Joint Rules
The jurisdiction of this committee includes the following:"Judicial system organization and budget; criminal procedure; civil procedure; civil actions, including torts and medical malpractice; Maine Tort Claims Act; liability; immunity; child protection; family law; domestic relations; child support; adoption; legal services; attorneys; Attorney General; District Attorneys; abortion and reproductive rights; civil rights; medical rights; human rights; Maine Human Rights Commission; protection from harassment; protection from abuse; guardianship and conservatorship; probate law; property law; property rights; unclaimed property; business and nonprofit organizations; Uniform Commercial Code; laws relating to Maine’s Indian Tribes, including the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act; Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission; freedom of access, confidentiality and privacy laws; and errors and inconsistencies."
The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.
|Judiciary Members, 2013|
|Democratic members (8)||Republican members (5)||Third-party members (1)|
|• Linda Valentino, Chair||• David Burns||• Wayne Mitchell|
|• Charles Priest, Chair||• Jarrod Crockett|
|• John Tuttle||• Michael Beaulieu|
|• Kimberly Monaghan-Derrig||• Anita Haskell|
|• Jennifer DeChant||• Stacey Guerin|
|• Matthew Moonen|
|• Stephen Moriarty|
|• Lisa Villa|
The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.
|Judiciary Members, 2011|
|Democratic members (5)||Republican members (7)||Third-party members (1)|
|• Philip Bartlett||• David Hastings||• Richard Woodbury|
|• Cynthia Dill||• Ralph Sarty, Jr.|
|• Charles Priest||• Joan Nass|
|• Maeghan Maloney||• Karen Foster|
|• Megan Rochelo||• Bradley Moulton|
|• Michael Beaulieu|
|• Paul Waterhouse|
The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.
|Judiciary Members, 2009|
|Democratic members (9)||Republican members (4)||Third-party members (1)|
|• Lawrence Bliss, Chair||• David Hastings||• Wayne Mitchell|
|• Charles Priest, Chair||• Joan Nass|
|• Barry Hobbins||• Michael Beaulieu|
|• Richard Cleary||• Jarrod Crockett|
|• Sara Stevens|
|• Charles Kruger|
|• Mark Bryant|
|• Cynthia Dill|
|• Dawn Hill|
- Lawrence Bliss Note: Senator Bliss' last day in office was April 15, 2011. He was the former Chair of the Judiciary Committee.
- Maine State Legislature, "Senate Rules," accessed January 24, 2014(Rule 201.3)
- Maine State Legislature, "House Rules," accessed January 24, 2014(Rule 201.1)
- Maine State Legislature, "Joint Rules," accessed January 24, 2014(Rule 301.5)
- Maine State Legislature, "Joint Rules," accessed January 24, 2014(Rule 302)
- Maine State Legislature, "Joint Rules," accessed January 24, 2014(Rule 306)
- Maine State Legislature, "Joint Committees," accessed January 24, 2014