Government Affairs

Maine Legislative Team

Legislative Update 

Governor Janet Mills Releases Maine Supplemental and Biennial Budgets

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: Maine Legislators receive their upcoming committee assignments

As was promised by Senate President Troy Jackson, the presiding officers of the Maine Senate and House announced committee assignments for the recently sworn in 130th Legislature this afternoon. This is roughly a week...

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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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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...

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Legislative Alert: 2020 Election and State House Update

(Current as of 11/4/20 at 2:30 PM EST) Presidential Maine is one of two states in the country that splits its electoral votes. As in 2016, this turned Maine’s more rural 2nd Congressional District...

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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 Janet Mills' Stage 4 Announcement

Governor Janet Mills announced Tuesday afternoon that Maine will enter Stage 4 of its four-stage Restarting Maine’s Economy Plan on October 13, 2020. Stage 4 will allow for increased indoor capacity during the winter...

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Legislative Alert: Governor Janet Mills Updates the Keep Maine Healthy Program

Last month, Governor Mills made a number of adjustments to the state’s Keep Maine Healthy Program, allowing for greater capacity for indoor dining, establishing opening dates for indoor service at bars and tasting rooms...

Press Coverage

A Maine Legislature changed by the pandemic could challenge lobbyists in 2021

The 2021 Maine legislative session will present a number of unprecedented challenges for lobbyists. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the State House has been closed to everyone but essential workers, and most meetings, committee votes, and public...

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Legislative Alert: First Week of the Legislative Session Update

The 130 th Maine State Legislature convened on Wednesday, December 2 nd to be sworn-in, to elect the Speaker and the Senate President, and to elect Maine’s Constitutional Officers. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic...

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Legislative Alert: House Democratic and Senate Republican Leadership Elections

Senate Republicans held their leadership votes on Tuesday, November 10 th . As expected, Senator Jeff Timberlake was elected as Republican Leader. Both Senator Matt Pouliot and Senator Trey Stewart ran to be the...