Government Affairs

Maine Legislative Team

Legislative Update 

Governor's Economic Recovery Committee Update

Preti Flaherty's Legislative Attorneys Practicing in Maine
Preti's Government Affairs Practice Group includes the Maine Legislative Team – the largest government relations team in the state which includes many of the most successful Maine lobbyists. Originally founded by former state senator Severin Beliveau, Preti's Maine Legislative Team at the State House in Augusta has been representing a diverse array of clients since 1971.

Our attorneys combine decades of lobbying experience with expertise in many subject matter areas, such as health care, energy, construction, insurance and environmental matters. We maximize the long-standing relationships between our team and members of both the executive and legislative branch to benefit our clients by achieving their goals in Augusta.

Preti Flaherty attorneys are well-known figures before the Maine Legislature and regularly appear before virtually every legislative committee, including:

  • Appropriations and Financial Affairs
  • Energy, Utilities and Technology
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Health and Human Services
  • Insurance and Financial Services
  • Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development
  • Taxation

The Preti Maine Legislative Team is one of only a few groups operating in the State House that has the manpower and experience to fully lobby all 186 legislators during important floor fights.

Our team also has an accomplished record of executive branch lobbying.  Preti attorneys are closely connected with political leaders and long-time agency officials across all areas of state government.  We work with members of the administration to help them understand our clients' needs and shape their understanding of our positions as we go through the legislative process.

We frequently work closely with the Governor's Office and other members of his administration at many state agencies, including:

  • The Department of Health and Human Services
  • The Bureau of Insurance
  • The Department of Environmental Protection
  • The Office of Energy Independence and Security

When seeking a specific legislative change or an agency action for our clients, we craft a comprehensive approach across all three branches of government and leverage the relationships that we have developed over decades of Maine legislative work.

Firm Highlights

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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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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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Essential Business? Essential Activity? Clarification Here.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 2nd, the Governor has ordered a statewide “stay at home” order further restricting Maine resident’s movement. Governor’s Executive Order No. 28 FY 19/20 dated March 31, 2020 (“Stay...

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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 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...

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Legislative Alert: Economic Recovery Grant Program Update

On Thursday, August 20, 2020, Governor Janet Mills announced the launch of the newly established Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program – a state-based approach to help support struggling Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that...

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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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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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Preti Flaherty COVID-19 Resources

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Preti Flaherty's attorneys have maintained a constant stream of the most up-to-date information and resources for our clients, business partners, and others struggling to navigate these complex...