Biography

Diane Johanson is a Legislative Liaison with Preti Flaherty, managing legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts in Augusta for a wide variety of clients. A well-known and visible presence in the halls, she routinely appears before legislative committees and works to advance policy priorities.

Prior to joining Preti Flaherty, Diane lobbied on behalf of more than 1,400 members of the Maine Tourism Association. During her time in this role, she successfully worked with hundreds of legislators to preserve and grow Maine's largest industry through effective public policy. A former Chief of Staff of the Maine Senate Republican Office and legislative staffer in the Maine House Republican Office, Diane has nearly twenty-five years of legislative and policy experience.

She is a graduate of the University of Maine, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Firm Highlights

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Legislative Alert: Governor's Emergency Bill - LD 2167

As a part of the Preti Flaherty Legislative Update sent yesterday to our clients, we provided highlights of the Governor’s omnibus emergency legislation related to the outbreak of COVID-19. We felt it was important...

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Legislative Alert: Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee Meeting Report

The Maine State Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee met on Friday, June 5 th to continue to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on Maine’s economy. The agenda included childcare issues, a report from...

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Legislative Alert: Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee Update

The Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee met on Friday June 26 th to hear reports from the Chairs of all six subcommittees. In the reporting on Friday the biggest monetary ask was from the Infrastructure...

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Maine Legislative Alert: Reopening and Other Updates

The Legislative Practice Group at Preti Flaherty hopes you are all staying healthy, safe, and sane. We are continuing to interface with Governor Mills, her staff, and relevant of members of her administration on...

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Legislative Alert: 129th Second Session Adjournment Update

“This week has been the longest year.” If you were to ask someone two weeks ago when this year’s Legislature would be wrapping up its session, most would have replied that they were right...

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Legislative Alert: State Grants Request for "Essential Business" Status

Under the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Order issued yesterday (3/24/20), businesses not initially identified as “essential,” and therefore unable to continue operations, have the opportunity to request being re-classified as essential. One of the first...

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Maine Legislative Alert: Lodging reservations may begin immediately for June 1st stays

Some good news was announced during today’s daily COVID-19 daily briefing regarding Maine’s lodging establishments. Commissioner Heather Johnson announced that, effective immediately, Maine lodging facilities can begin accepting future reservations for stays beginning June...

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Legislative Alert: State and Federal Resources RE: COVID-19 Response

SBA Disaster Loans Information On March 16, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved Governor Mills’ application for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help Maine businesses overcome any temporary financial hardship due...

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Legislative Alert: Governor Mills' Emergency Order Regarding Essential Businesses and Operations

This communication is intended to alert you to ongoing developments in Maine at the state and local level concerning mandatory business closures and curtailments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   This afternoon, Governor...