BDN reports “Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday outlined a second-term agenda that ranged from reviving welfare reform proposals that have previously failed to a new initiative aimed at weakening the attorney general’s power.
Changes to the attorney general’s office. LePage and Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills have clashed repeatedly since she was elected to the post two years ago when Democrats regained legislative majorities. LePage said he will pursue legislation to make the position — and possibly the state treasurer and secretary of state, which are also elected by legislators — subject to a statewide vote.” Read more HERE.
Having a state-wide vote of the attorney general would be in violation of the original Constitution of Maine (1820), ARTICLE V. PART FIRST. EXECUTIVE POWER. Section 8. The only lawful process to achieve the Governor’s goal is for Governor LePage to declare the 1855 resolve to be unlawful as well as null and void. This is the resolve whereby the legislature stole from the Executive department the ability of the governor with the advice and consent of the council to nominate and appoint the attorney general. This is an Executive department function as provided by the original constitution. The attorney general has been unlawfully elected by the legislature since 1856 when the 1855 resolve went into effect.
We can hope that the legislators, and the Governor, read, study and understand the constitution in which they took their oath to uphold. Then they, and we the people, can get on board with Governor LePage when the train leaves the station.
Thanks to Lise Dupont for her great research!
“Where Did The Original Constitutional State Go?” by Author/Researcher Lise Dupont. This is a great reference, research, informative and educational tool for everyone!