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Maine Criminal Code Revision, 1975-1976  
Last updated: February 2020

Introduction

Since at least the early 1960s, the Maine Legislature had considered a comprehensive revision of its criminal statutes. In 1971, the Legislature created the Criminal Law Revision Commission (see P&SL 1971, c. 147). The Commission began work in April 1972, and the Maine Criminal Code was enacted by the 107th Legislature. In response to court cases and input from the Attorney General, district attorneys, and judges, the Commission proposed amendments to the new criminal code in 1976.

The origin of many of Maine's criminal statutes can be traced back further than the mid-1970s. For the legislative history of an individual statute, please contact a Reference Librarian.



Year LD Amendments                     Session Law Legislative Record
Debate & Remarks
Other Documents & News Clips Full LD
History
1975 LD 314 (Preamble to LD 314)

AN ACT Creating the Maine Criminal Code

Enacted with amendments:

H-688
S-264
S-265
PL 1975, c. 499 Senate, April 25, 1975
p. B705-B706

Senate, June 5, 1975
p. B1656

House, June 9, 1975
p. B1722-B1727

House, June 10, 1975
p. B1786-B1791

House, June 16, 1975
p. B1983-B1987
Other Documents:  Criminal Law Revision Commission records: Criminal code drafts, discussion, and correspondence (see list of meetings of the Commission). Documents are available for review upon request. Please contact a Reference Librarian.

Court Opinion:
 Opinion of the Justices, 338 A. 2d 802 (Me. 1975)

News Clips:
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N/A
1976 LD 2217

AN ACT to Revise the Maine Criminal Code as Recommended
by the Criminal Law Revision Commission

OTP-ND:
LD 2334

Enacted with amendments:

H-1162     S-495
H-1170     S-496
H-1171
H-1174
S-488
PL 1975, c. 740 Senate, March 29, 1976
p. 787-789

Senate, March 30, 1976
p. 822-823

Senate, March 30, 1976
p. 829

House, March 31, 1976
p. 852-861

Senate, April 1, 1976
p. 903-904

House, April 2, 1976
p. 907-911

Senate, April 5, 1976
p. 959-960

Senate, April 7, 1976
p. 1028-1029
Court Opinion:  Opinion of the Justices, 355 A. 2d 341 (Me. 1975)

News Clips: 
Please contact a Reference Librarian.
N/A
1976 LD 2227

AN ACT Delaying the Effective Date of the Maine Criminal Code in Order to Allow Sufficient Time for Necessary Revisions
N/A PL 1975, c. 649 Senate, February 18, 1976
p. S-177-S-178

House, February 19, 1976
p. H-168
N/A N/A
1976 LD 2331

AN ACT Delaying the Effective Date of the Maine Criminal Code in Order to Allow Sufficient Time to Make Certain Necessary Revisions
N/A PL 1975, c. 699 Senate, March 29, 1976
p. S-777
N/A N/A