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Steven A. Baddour

Senior Vice President of Government Relations – ML Strategies / Special Counsel – Mintz

SABaddour@mlstrategies.com

+1.617.348.1686

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Steve’s government relations practice focuses on advising clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on a wide range of issues at the state and federal levels. As part of Mintz's Litigation Practice, Steve represents public and private sector clients in complex civil litigation matters. In both these roles, he uses his knowledge of government and the law to benefit clients in Massachusetts, New England, and beyond.

A former Massachusetts State Senator and former Assistant Attorney General, Steve has strong bipartisan relationships throughout the Massachusetts government. He was consistently ranked one of the highest rated members of the legislature by the Commonwealth’s business community. Over the course of a decade in the Senate, Steve fought to strengthen laws that protect children, the elderly and disabled, and was widely known as a thoughtful voice on transportation, budgetary policy, and fiscal responsibility. During his time in the Senate, Steve served as the senate chair of the joint committee on transportation, the vice-chairman of the joint committee on the judiciary, the vice chairman of the senate ways and means committee and chaired numerous conference committees.  

When his clients’ needs extend to DC, Steve is able to leverage his strong relationships with members of Congress from Massachusetts and throughout New England to work with our DC-based lobbyists on federal issues for clients.

Education

  • Massachusetts School of Law (JD)
  • University of Massachusetts (BA, cum laude)

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The fiscal year 2021 (“FY2021”) budget process has been anything but typical.  Shortly after Governor Baker’s budget proposal was released in January, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, reorienting the legislative calendar for the remainder of the 2019-2020 legislative session. 
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Governor Charlie Baker just announced he is extending COVID-19 Order No. 13 that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses.  This order, initially set to expire on April 7th, was extended to Monday, May 4th.  This order will officially take effect tomorrow, April 1st at noon. 
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo addressed the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today, highlighting the progress the Massachusetts House of Representatives has made amidst unprecedented times and a global pandemic.
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Today, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Reopening Advisory Board published their report outlining a 4-phase schedule for reopening the Commonwealth since the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23.  The plan is coupled with a new “Safer at Home” advisory, replacing the current “Stay at Home” advisory, to allow people to use the reopened businesses and services with stringent safety protocols in place.
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Economists create graphs, charts and projections on the economy daily, crafting commentary to explain the ebbs and flows of market success and failures based on a variety of factors.  That is no longer the case as the nation battles the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”). 
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This week, Governor Charlie Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 19, “Order Regarding the Conduct of Shareholder Meetings by Public Companies.  This Order, which is effective immediately, suspends certain requirements of M.G.L. chapter 156D, section 7.08 that relate to shareholder meetings by remote means.
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Governor Charlie Baker just announced he is extending COVID-19 Order No. 13 that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses.  This order, initially set to expire on April 7th, was extended to Monday, May 4th.  This order will officially take effect tomorrow, April 1st at noon. 
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On Monday, March 23rd, the Baker Administration issued a stay at home advisory, along with an order (COVID-19 Order No. 13) requiring businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their doors starting March 24th at noon until April 7th at noon.  The Administration has issued a list of business and other organizations deemed essential services and workforces that may continue to operate physical workplaces during this two-week order. 
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The Baker Administration, along with prioritizing the needs of medical professionals on the front lines of the fight against the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), have taken significant steps to relieve pressure on small businesses negatively impacted by the virus.
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Massachusetts COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020| Blog

The Baker Administration continues to monitor the COVID-19 public health crisis, expanding almost daily on restrictions for schools, restaurants and several other places of business across the Commonwealth.  As these updates are constantly evolving, this post is meant to provide the most up to date announcements.

Events

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Nov
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2019

The Road Ahead: 2019 AAA Transportation Funding Summit

Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Norwood, MA