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Red For Women
I have definitely learned a lot since joining the
Go Red For Women campaign in
Akron. This photo was shot at Macy’s one evening. The
escalators were turned off for this great
group of people to have a photo taken of those of us involved
with the American Heart Association.
you know American Heart Association recommends adults get at
least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity physical
activity? [That is about 22 minutes per day.] Here are some
easy ways you can add physical activity into your daily life:
Use coffee breaks to take 5- or 10-minute walks. My office
is furthest from the kitchen, which means I do have to get
up to refill my coffee or grab a glass of water. And
my assistants will no longer get it for me!
In parking lots, park your car as far away as you can. At
State and Federal Communications, I have parking space #1 so
I need to make sure I am walking up the stairs during the
day to see the folks on the second floor—instead of the
Get your personal heart-health status and learn how regular
physical activity can help improve your health. Take the
Association's My Life Check assessment at
a flight of stairs 10 times a day. I bought a Fitbit and it
keeps track of not only my steps but the flights of stairs I
take in a day.
Use a pedometer to count how many steps you take each day.
Each week aim to increase your daily step count by 1,000
steps until you reach 10,000 steps a day.
to download the new Walking Path mobile phone application
and find nearby walking paths, track your steps, and
motivate your walking friends.
The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier
lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
On April 30, 2012, the Lobbyists Registration Act came into force in the
Canadian province of Manitoba. The act requires lobbyists to file
returns using an electronic registry system. Although the act was
originally passed in 2008, it came into force only this year upon
proclamation, allowing the
lobbyist registrar the opportunity to create
the system with its online component.
The act categorizes lobbyists as either consultant lobbyists or in-house
lobbyists. Consultant lobbyists are individuals who, for pay or
other benefit, undertake to lobby on behalf of a client. An in-house
lobbyist is defined as an employee, partner, or sole proprietor of
an organization who lobbies, or has a duty to lobby, on behalf of the
organization. However, to be designated as an in-house lobbyist, an
individual’s lobbying or duty to lobby has to constitute a significant
part of his or her activities, which the regulations define as meeting
or exceeding 100 hours annually. Additionally, if an individual’s
lobbying, together with lobbying by others in the organization, meets or
exceeds 100 hours annually, the senior officer of the organization must
file a return.
The act defines lobby to mean communicating with a public
official in an attempt to influence the development of a legislative
proposal; introducing a bill or resolution before the assembly; making
or amending a regulation; developing, amending, or terminating a program
or policy; or awarding a financial benefit. For consultant lobbyists the
definition of lobby also includes arranging a meeting with a
public official or communicating with a public official in an attempt to
influence the award of a contract.
Consultant lobbyists already lobbying before April 30th have
30 days to begin filing. If lobbying begins after April 30th,
consultant lobbyists have 10 days to file. A senior officer filing on
behalf of an organization with in-house lobbyists has two months in
which to file, regardless of whether lobbying begins before or after
Additionally, the officer must file returns within two months after the
end of each six-month period after filing the previous return.
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Compliance Regulations by John Cozine, Esq. Research
FEDERAL: A federal
district court has declared a Federal Election Commission (FEC)
regulation regarding disclosure for electioneering communications
invalid. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found FEC
regulation 11 C.F.R. §104.20(c)(9), which requires disclosure only of
those making contributions more than $1,000 to an entity for the purpose
of furthering electioneering communications, contradicts the statute
that requires disclosure of all donors making contributions more than
$1,000. Concluding the FEC does not have the authority to narrow the
disclosure requirement required by law, the court declared the
regulation invalid by granting the plaintiff, U.S. Representative Chris
Van Hollen, summary judgment.
OREGON: The governor signed Senate
Bill 1518, which is intended to improve transparency in the procurement
process. The bill prohibits a vendor from writing the specifications of
a project and then turning around and bidding on the project. Bidders
will be able to include information on the number of jobs created if the
bid is chosen for the project. In addition, the department of
administrative services will have to report to the legislature about
special procurements, a contracting procedure that allows state agencies
to bypass competitive bidding rules. Although the bill took effect upon
passage, the operative date for the listed provisions is January 1,
ILLINOIS: U.S. District Court Judge
Marvin Aspen has removed limits on political contributions to groups
that make independent expenditures on behalf of or against a candidate.
The decision in Personal PAC v. McGuffage specifically overturns the
annual limits of $10,000 per individual, $20,000 per corporation or
union, and $50,000 from a political action committee to an independent
expenditure committee. Noting the U.S. Supreme Court struck down such
limits in the Citizens United case, Judge Aspen concluded that
preventing actual and apparent corruption cannot justify restrictions on
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA: The Miami-Dade County Board of
Commissioners has passed an ordinance requiring registered lobbyists to
complete ethics training. Registered lobbyists must, within 60 days of
registration, submit to the clerk of the board a certificate of
completion for an ethics course offered by the Miami-Dade County
Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. Lobbyists must also complete a
refresher course every two years. The cost of the ethics course will be
$100. The requirement is not applicable to municipal lobbyists in the
county unless the municipality has adopted an ordinance requiring ethics
training and an agreement with the county authorizes the county ethics
commission to provide an ethics training course. The executive director
of the Miami-Dade County Ethics Commission may waive the ethics course
requirement for a particular lobbyist when it is determined the lobbyist
has taken an initial or refresher ethics course offered by a
municipality satisfying the county’s requirements.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The Los Angeles City Ethics
Commission raised campaign contribution limits for candidates in the
upcoming municipal election. Candidates for city council may accept $700
per donor per election cycle, up from a $500 limit. Candidates for
citywide offices including mayor, city attorney, and city controller may
accept $1,300, up from $1,000. The new limits went into effect right
away, giving candidates in the March 2013 election the opportunity to
contact donors who have already reached the old contribution maximums.
Legislation We Are
At any given time, more than 1,000
legislative bills, which can affect how you do business as a government
affairs professional, are being discussed in federal, state, and local
jurisdictions. These bills are summarized in the State and Federal
Communications’ digital encyclopedias for lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying, and can be found in the client
portion of the State and Federal Communications' website.
Summaries of major bills are also included
in monthly e-mail updates sent to all clients. The chart below shows the
number of bills we are tracking in regards to lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying.
Number of Jurisdictions
Carried over to 2013
ASK THE EXPERTS
State and Federal
Communications’ Experts Answer Your Questions
Here is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and
Federal Communications, Inc. You can directly submit questions for this
feature, and we will select those most appropriate and answer them here.
Send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Of course, we have always been available to answer questions from
clients that are specific to your needs, and we encourage you to
continue to call or e-mail us with questions about your particular
company or organization. As always, we will confidentially and directly
provide answers or information you need.) Our replies to your questions
are not legal advice. Instead, these replies represent our analysis of
laws, rules, and regulations.
Some of the state lobbying reports ask about my travel expenses.
What does this include?
Travel expenses” is a phrase used by several states. It
can refer to two different types of
Some states require the disclosure of personal, reimbursed
expenses incurred while lobbying. This would include food and
beverage, hotels, cab fare, and travel expenses for a lobbying
trip. Iowa, for instance, requires lobbyist employers to
disclose all reimbursements made to their lobbyists. So, if a
lobbyist lives in Topeka and flies to Des Moines to communicate
with a legislator, the airfare is a reportable expense. Note,
however, this generally only applies if the primary purpose
of the trip is lobbying as defined by the state. A trip during
which the lobbying contacts made were incidental to the main
purpose of the travel would usually not need reported.
Other states, however, require the reporting of airfare or other
travel costs paid by a lobbyist on behalf of a legislator or
other public official. In Idaho and Mississippi, for example, a
lobbyist or lobbyist employer may pay for a public official to
travel to an event or to the company’s facilities, and the cost
of the travel must be reported.
In all of these cases, the state reports request “travel
expenses.” As you can see, it is very possible for the same
words to have different meanings in the eyes of different
states. When in doubt, lobbyists and employers can always
contact us for guidance.
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State and Federal
President and CEO of State and Federal Communications, was the
Honorary Captain at the
April 10 Cleveland Cavaliers game! We are
the Cavs won that game…because Elizabeth shook
Antawn Jamison’s hand!
Elizabeth Z. Bartz accompanied by her parents,
James and Madeline Bartz, at the Go Red for Women event
in Summit County.
Brown [Equipment Leasing &
Bartz, and Carol Laham [Wiley Rein
LLP] at SGAC Annual
Meeting in Boston, MA.
Z. Bartz with Ab Basu [Bio] and
Luke Rollins [Reed Elsevier].
Ed Greismer [Multi State], John Steele [TYCO],Gerard
Dehrmann [Walmart], Any Trincia [Multi State], and
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
at the SGAC Meeting at
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.
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