Government Affairs

Maine Legislative Team

Legislative Update 

Primary Round-Up

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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End of Session Update

The Second Regular Session of the 130th Maine State Legislature finally adjourned Sine Die, or “without day”, on Monday, May 9. Lawmakers voted on the 5 vetoes sent to them by Governor Mills, and...

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Legislative Alert: Redistricting Analysis

Below is an analysis of the recently enacted Maine State Senate redistricting and the potential impact this may have in the next election cycle. This comes with the caveat that the feelings of the...

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Maine Legislative Update: Second Session of the 130th Legislature

Unexpected losses Sadly, we learned of the passing of two legislators in the past few days. It was announced on Friday, January 28th, that longtime Democratic legislator and current House member, Representative John Tuttle...

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Primary Round-Up

Primary Round-Up As you are probably aware, primary elections in Maine took place on Tuesday, June 14, and there were a handful that could be significant to the general election outcome in November. Congressional...

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Legislative Alert: Convening of the 2nd Regular Session of the 130th Legislature

The Second Regular Session of the 130 th Legislature will convene next Wednesday, January 5 th at 10 a.m. This is intended to be an in-person session of both the House and Senate with...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Legislative Alert: Special Session, Redistricting, and Cloture

The Legislature gathered for a Special Session last week, September 29 th , to vote on legislative redistricting. The final agreement passed successfully and with strong bipartisan support in both the House and the...

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Legislative Alert: Legislative Racial Impact Statements Coming Soon

In the session that ended in June, the Legislature passed a bill to create a Subcommittee to Implement a Racial Impact Statement Process Pilot .  This is a subcommittee of the Legislative Council and...