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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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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Legislative Alert: Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee Update

The Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee met on Friday June 26 th to hear reports from the Chairs of all six subcommittees. In the reporting on Friday the biggest monetary ask was from the Infrastructure...

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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: 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...

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Governor Janet Mills Releases Maine Supplemental and Biennial Budgets

Governor Mills released both the Supplemental and the Biennial Budgets today. The Revenue Forecasting Committee has estimated a $650 million revenue shortfall in 2021 – 2023 combined. In his presentation to the Appropriations Committee...

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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...

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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: Legislative Leadership Election Update

The Senate Democratic Caucus met on November 5 th and, as expected, re-elected their current leadership team. Thus Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook), Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby (D-Androscoggin), and Senate Majority Assistant Leader...

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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: 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...