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Introduction

The University of Maine was founded as the state's land-grant institution in 1865. Originally called the Maine State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, its name was changed in 1897. The University of Maine System was created in 1968.

This legislative history includes all session laws enacting and amending the University's charter.



Session Law:  

Year LD Amendments                     Session Law Legislative Record
Debate & Remarks
Other Documents & News Clips Full LD
History
1865 HD 39

An act to establish the State College of Agriculture and the
Mechanic Arts
Enacted with amendments:

HA "A"
SA "B"
SA "C"
P&SL 1865, c. 532 N/A Governor's Address:  Address of Governor Cony to the Legislature (Jan. 5, 1865)

Report:  Report of Board of Commissioners regarding the establishment of a College for the benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (Jan. 16, 1865)
N/A
1879 HD 119

AN ACT to amend section thirteen of chapter five hundred and thirty-two, private and special laws of· eighteen hundred and sixty-five, relating to the state college of agriculture and mechanic arts
N/A P&SL 1879, c. 173 N/A N/A N/A
1891 Not printed

An Act to repeal chapter 173 of the Private and Special Laws of 1879, relating to the State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts
N/A P&SL 1891, c. 284 N/A N/A N/A
1897 HD 347

AN ACT to amend an act entitled "An Act to establish the State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts," with statement of facts
N/A P&SL 1897, c. 551 Wednesday, March 24, 1897
p. 410-411
N/A N/A
1951 LD 607

AN ACT Authorizing the Trustees of the University of Maine to Operate a College of Medicine
N/A P&SL 1951, c. 97 Senate, March 20, 1951
p. 584
N/A N/A
1951 LD 608

AN ACT Relating to the Number of Trustees of the University of Maine

OTP-ND:
LD 1234
Enacted with amendment:

#145
P&SL 1951, c. 122 No debate. N/A N/A
1963 LD 619

AN ACT Repealing the Teaching of Military Tactics at the University of Maine
Enacted with amendment:

S-33
P&SL 1963, c. 73 No debate. N/A N/A
1968 LD 1849

AN ACT Relating to Coordination of Public Higher Education
Enacted with amendment:

S-344
P&SL 1967, c. 229, §§1-3 Senate, January 18, 1968
p. 191-202

House, January 19, 1968
p. 221

House, January 22, 1968
p. 246-261

Senate, January 23, 1968
p. 352
Report:  Report of the Committee on Education on Its Study on the University of Maine Since Consolidation: Submitted to the Legislative Council, 107th Legislature (Jan. 1975) N/A
1969 LD 864

AN ACT Relating to the Protection of Rights of Employees of the Unified University of Maine
Enacted with amendment:

S-41
P&SL 1969, c. 66 No debate. N/A N/A
1969 LD 1460

An Act Relating to Contracts between University of Maine and
Town of Orono for Sewer Charges
Enacted with amendment:

H-280
P&SL 1969, c. 117 No debate. N/A N/A
1970 LD 1634

AN ACT Clarifying Laws Relating to the University of Maine

OTP-ND:
LD 1804
Enacted with amendment:

S-419
P&SL 1969, c. 238, §§2, 3 Senate, January 22, 1970
p. 334-336

Senate, January 23, 1970
p. 374-378

Senate, January 26, 1970
p. 414-415

Senate, January 27, 1970
p. 483-485

House, January 28, 1970
p. 507-508

Senate, January 28, 1970
p. 538-539

House, February 3, 1970
p. 655-657

House, February 4, 1970
p. 775-777
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1970 LD 1749

AN ACT Making Supplemental Appropriations and Deductions for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 1970 and June 30, 1971

OTP-ND:
LD 1842
Enacted with amendment:

H-706
P&SL 1969, c. 251, Section D House, February 4, 1970
p. 779-781

Senate, February 4, 1970
p. 793

Senate, February 4, 1970
p. 804-805

Senate, February 4, 1970
p. 809-810

House, February 5, 1970
p. 839

House, February 5, 1970
p. 843

House, February 6, 1970
p. 938-939
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1971 LD 1594

AN ACT to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Public Laws

OTP-ND:
LD 1835
Enacted with amendments:

S-312
H-503
PL 1971, c. 544, §142 Senate, June 22, 1971
p. 4524

House, June 23, 1971
p. 4538

House, June 23, 1971
p. 4606-4607
N/A N/A
1973 LD 1197

AN ACT Relating to Ownership of any Property Formerly Held by the State Colleges

OTP-ND:
LD 1926
N/A P&SL 1973, c. 84 Senate, May 15, 1973
p. 2819
N/A N/A
1973 LD 1883

AN ACT to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Public Laws

OTP-ND:
LD 2044
Enacted with amendments:

S-256     S-267
S-258     S-270
S-261     S-280
S-262     H-617
PL 1973, c. 625, §280 Senate, June 21, 1973
p. 4717

House, June 22, 1973
p. 4737-4738

Senate, June 25, 1973
p. 4778-4779

Senate, June 25, 1973
p. 4781-4783

Senate, June 25, 1973
p. 4785-4786

Senate, June 26, 1973
p. 4839

Senate, June 28, 1973
p. 4943-4944

House, July 2, 1973
p. 4984-4985

House, July 2, 1973
p. 4987-4988

House, July 3, 1973
p. 5045-5046
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1976 LD 2197

AN ACT Redistributing the Powers of the Executive Council
Enacted with amendments:

H-1115     S-526
H-1166     S-532
H-1183     S-529
H-1191     S-519
S-524
PL 1975, c. 771, §426 House, March 31, 1976
p. 841-845

House, April 1, 1976
p. 896

House, April 2, 1976
p. 919-920

Senate, April 5, 1976
p. 960

Senate, April 5, 1976
p. 968-972

House, April 6, 1976
p. 988-990

House, April 7, 1976
p. 1020-1024

House, April 9, 1976
p. 1059

Senate, April 9, 1976
p. 1067-1068

House, April 12, 1976
p. 1082-1083

Senate, April 12, 1976
p. 1099-1101

House, April 13, 1976
p. 1108-1109
Report:  Replacing the Executive Council: the Final Report of the Joint Standing Committee on State Government, 107th Legislature, H.P. 1781 (Feb. 1976)

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
N/A
1978 LD 2132

AN ACT to Make Additional Corrections of Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine

OTP-ND:
LD 2199
Enacted with amendments:

H-1184     S-574
H-1189     S-575
H-1190     S-576
H-1191     S-577
H-1194     S-578
H-1195     S-579
H-1196     S-580
H-1198     H-1202
S-567        H-1203
S-569        H-1204
S-571        H-1206
S-572        H-1207
S-573        H-1208
PL 1977, c. 696, §§352-354 House, March 17, 1978
p. 631-637

House, March 17, 1978
p. 638

Senate, March 17, 1978
p. 641-645

Senate, March 17, 1978
p. 650-651


Report:  Report of a Study by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture to the Maine Legislature (Dec. 17, 1982) N/A
1979 LD 1639

AN ACT to Make Additional Corrections of Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendments:

S-328     S-336
S-332     S-337
S-334     H-705
PL 1979, c. 541, Part B, §§71, 72 Senate, May 30, 1979
p. 1482

Senate, June 5, 1979
p. 1664

Senate, June 7, 1979
p. 1749

Senate, June 7, 1979
p. 1758

House, June 8, 1979
p. 1768-1769

Senate, June 8, 1979
p. 1780-1782

Senate, June 8, 1979
p. 1793

House, June 14, 1979
p. 1854
N/A N/A
1981 LD 978

An Act to Make Corrections of Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine

OTP-ND:
LD 1677
Enacted with amendments:

H-522     S-318
H-525     S-319
H-526     S-320
S-314      S-321
S-315      S-322
S-317
PL 1981, c. 470, B-13 Senate, June 2, 1981
p. 1468-1469

Senate, June 2, 1981
p. 1473

House, June 3, 1981
p. 1492-1493

House, June 3, 1981
p. 1504-1505
N/A Yes
1983 LD 29

An Act to Create a Student Seat on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine
Enacted with amendments:

H-177
S-91
P&SL 1983, c. 33 House, May 3, 1983
p. 712-714

Senate, May 3, 1983
p. 726

Senate, May 5, 1983
p. 750-751

House, May 9, 1983
p. 763-765

House, May 12, 1983
p. 848-849

Senate, May 25, 1983
p. 1016

House, May 26, 1983
p. 1017-1019
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1984 LD 2023

An Act to Remove the Retirement Age Restriction for Trustees of the University of Maine
N/A P&SL 1983, c. 63 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:
  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
1984 LD 2221

An Act Concerning Higher Education
Enacted with amendments:

H-649
H-668
PL 1983, c. 799, §4 House, April 9, 1984
p. 521
Report:  Education: Maine's Most Important Investment (Jun. 1984)

Report:  Report on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Commission on the Status of Education in Maine (Aug. 1985)

Committee File:
  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:
  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
1986 LD 2347

An Act to Change the Name of the University of Maine to the State University of Maine and to Clarify the Public Policy on Higher Education

OTP-ND:
LD 2385
N/A PL 1985, c. 779, §§87-98, §102 Senate, April 12, 1986
p. 1348

Senate, April 12, 1986
p. 1361

House, April 14, 1986
p. 1419

Senate, April 15, 1986
p. 1497-1498
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:
  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
1987 LD 227

AN ACT Relating to the Administrative Council of the University of Maine System
Enacted with amendment:

H-9
PL 1987, c. 20, §§3, 4 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:
  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
1988 LD 2521

AN ACT to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendment:

S-404
PL 1987, c. 769, §§A-189, A-190 Senate, April 5, 1988
p. 767

House, April 8, 1988
p. 842
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1988 LD 2602

AN ACT Relating to Periodic Justification of Departments, Agencies and Programs of State Government under the Maine Sunset Laws
Enacted with amendment:

H-656
PL 1987, c. 735, §§73, 74 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1991 LD 881

An Act to Amend the University of Maine System Charter
Enacted with amendment:

S-80
PL 1991, c. 147, §§2, 3 House, April 25, 1991
p. H-585
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1991 LD 1954

An Act Correcting Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendments:

H-698
H-699
H-708
S-383
S-385
PL 1991, c. 548, §A-36 Senate, June 26, 1991
p. S-1352-S-1353

House, June 28, 1991
p. H-1292-H-1293
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1997 LD 1557

An Act to Create Efficient and Effective Administration of the University of Maine System
Enacted with amendment:

H-580
P&SL 1997, c. 37, §§1-6 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2003 LD 469

An Act To Clarify Arrest Powers of Law Enforcement Officers
Enacted with amendments:

H-123
H-290
PL 2003, c. 233, §5 Senate, May 7, 2003
p. S-546

House, May 8, 2003
H-534

Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2003 LD 1116

An Act Regarding University of Maine System Boards of Visitors
Enacted with amendment:

H-138
P&SL 2003, c. 14 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2005 LD 1528

An Act To Create a Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Maine
Enacted with amendments:

S-165
S-398
P&SL 2005, c. 28 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes