2012-02-13 / Maine

Adjutant general to address lawmakers

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The head of the Maine National Guard, Adjutant Gen. John Libby, will address a joint session of the Legislature for the first time.

Libby’s speech on Thursday comes a week after the state’s chief justice, Leigh Saufley, also addresses a joint legislative session.

Libby is expected to address the state of defense, veterans and emergency management matters, and also recognize Maine’s National Guard families that have lost a loved one during deployments since 2001.

A bill last introduced year and signed by Gov. Paul LePage last week authorizes legislative leaders to invite the adjutant general to appear annually and address a joint session.

Maine’s National Guard began in 1893, when a revision of military law changed the designation from Maine Volunteer Militia to National Guard, State of Maine.

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