Representative Matters

  • Steve has represented manufacturers, energy developers, telephone companies, and electric utilities on a broad range of legislative issues affecting their interests. Steve was a key player in the passage of Maine's newest comprehensive energy legislation (the Omnibus Energy Act of 2013), which addressed Maine's energy infrastructure, opened the door for a new request for proposal for ocean energy projects and completely restructured Maine's energy efficiency efforts. Over the last several years, Steve has repeatedly defended against repeal of Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard on behalf of Maine biomass generators. Steve led the effort to modernize the way water utilities are regulated in Maine, he helped to structure a key compromise that allowed passage of Maine’s Ocean Energy Act, and he was successful in obtaining key clarifying language for a client in the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • Steve assisted an innovative offshore wind power developer with preparation of a winning bid in response to a governmental RFP, was active in strategizing and building public support for his client’s project; and participated in the drafting and successful negotiation of a term sheet for the project with the governmental agency.
  • Steve was a lead negotiator for Maine's business community on Maine's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative original legislation and its recent renewal, working on innovative approaches to reducing the cost of compliance for this important piece of legislation.
  • Steve managed corporate, technical, environmental, safety and health, and employee change issues for a large integrated pulp and paper mill. His activities included: obtaining environmental permits, developing and implementing a mill-wide crisis management plan, and handling media, advertising and public affairs for mill emergencies, news announcements and mill downsizing.
  • Steve served as the chair of the pulp and paper industry's grass roots and lobbying efforts on the U.S. EPA's Cluster Rules for that industry, which proposed the most costly rules in EPA history for air and water emissions for a single industry sector. Steve's efforts helped lead to an improved rule that has been successfully implemented across the industry. Most recently, Steve has advised clients on compliance considerations under EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

Firm Highlights

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Pre-Session Leadership Update

Since our last update before Thanksgiving, House Democrats have chosen their leadership team. They have chosen Rep. Rachel Talbot-Ross, D-Portland, as their candidate for Speaker of the House, the Hon. Rob Hunt to continue...

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Portland Referenda and Legislative Leadership Update

In addition to all the state and national legislative races that were (mostly) decided by Wednesday morning, there were also 13 referendum questions on the Portland municipal ballot and one in Bar Harbor of...

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Pre-Session Legislative Update

LD 3 “An Act to Establish the Winter Energy Relief Payment Program to Aid Residents with High Heating Costs and to Finalize the COVID Pandemic Relief Payment Program” After Governor Mills’ heating and housing...

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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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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...

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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...

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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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Swearing-In Day Summary

Presiding Officers, Parliamentarians, and Constitutional Officers  The first day of the 131st Legislature was relatively uneventful, and what was most notable is what didn’t happen – the Governor’s emergency energy relief bill. The results...

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46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2023, Including 6 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2023, including three “Ones to Watch” and six “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...

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Committee Assignments

Committee assignments for the 131st Maine State Legislature have been made public. This article from the Bangor Daily News mentions some of the most interesting choices made by Senate President Jackson and Speaker Rachel...