Government Affairs

Maine Legislative Team

Legislative Update 

Essential Business? Essential Activity? Clarification Here.

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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Capitol Business

J. Andrew Cashman, Partner at Preti Flaherty and lobbyist for the Maine Association of REALTORS® (MAR) authors a quarterly update in their official publication, Maine REALTOR® Magazine. In the Spring 2019 edition, Andy discusses the priorities...

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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: 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: 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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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: 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...