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The Path to Maine Lawmaking - Maine Department of the Secretary of State

Traveling the Path of Maine Lawmaking: About this project

“…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

  Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg Address
November 19, 1863

A vibrant, responsive democracy depends on citizens' understanding of the role of government (“for the people”) and on their participation in the process of governing (“by the people”). Without such knowledge and participation, government cannot truly represent the wishes of the governed (“of the people”).

And it is in that spirit that this web site has been created. It provides an overview of the legislative process in Maine with related activities and resources for students to make the road to governance less bewildering and the path of Maine lawmaking easier to travel. We hope you enjoy a satisfying journey with us.