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Arenít you jealous of the families taking vacations in the
summer? I know we all try to fit them in but it's hard to do when you
look at the summer schedule of conferences.
Between NCSL, CSG, NGA, and ALEC there is little time between
July 11th and August 8th to jump in a
pool. And, let me add the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is holding
Clergy-Laity Congress July 1st through July 5th.
Yes, only the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese would think it is okay
to have a conference during American Independence Day in
Phoenix, Arizona. But, that is where yours truly will be for the
This year I have written a lot about
how professional development
and networking are really connected. Attending these conferences
is a phenomenal way to run into people you might not see
regularly and the associations have events incorporating
My favorite conference this year will be CSG MLC in Cleveland,
Ohio! This conference is including events at Blossom Music
Center (the VA Wolf Trap of Ohio), at the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame, and even the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in Canton. You will
see the best of the best Ohio has to offer and we are only a few
blocks away from Dan Gilbertís Horseshoe Casino.
If CSG MLC isnít in your plans, check out O H I O Night at NCSL
in Chicago. Thanks to our friends at Whirlpool, this event will
be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday August 8th,
at the Reid Murdoch Building on 325 North LaSalleóPenthouse
Level. We will be happy to send you sponsor information to join
Until next month, remember you bring value to your organization
because of the people you know in the government affairs
community. See you on the circuit!
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
Legislature Passes Lobbying Bill 185
One of Delaware Governor Jack Markellís largest focus areas since
entering office has been creating a responsible government. His state
took one step closer to that goal when the legislature passed Senate
Bill 185. The bill, which Governor Markell spearheaded, increases
lobbyist reporting when making direct communications with state
officials and employees. If a lobbyist makes a direct communication to
a member of the general assembly, the lieutenant governor, or the
governor on any bill or resolution pending before the general assembly,
then that lobbyist is required to report the direct communication. A
lobbyist will also have to report any direct communications concerning a
proposed regulation with an employee or official of the state agency
proposing the regulation.
The lobbyist report will be due no later than the fifth business day
after the date on which the direct communication took place. If the
direct communication was about a bill, resolution, or regulation that
has not yet been introduced, the report is due no later than the fifth
business day after that bill, resolution, or regulation is introduced.
The lobbyist is only required to disclose there was a direct
communication that took place and the identity of the bill, resolution,
or regulation that the communication was concerning. The bill,
resolution, or regulation may be identified by name or by number. The
lobbyist does not have to disclose the identity of the person with whom
he or she had the direct communication. Further, the reporting
requirement does not apply to a lobbyist when he or she is fulfilling
duties as a member of a commission, committee, task force, or other
All of the reports filed under this law must be filed electronically by
the lobbyist with the Delaware State Public Integrity Commission. The
commission, in turn, will post the reports in an online database for the
public to access.
Governor Markell has stated he will sign the bill. If he does, the
law will go into effect on January 1, 2013.
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
by John Cozine, Esq.
NEW YORK: Governor Cuomo
signed a bill that pushed back the stateís primary by two days to
September 13, 2012. The primary is traditionally scheduled for the
second Tuesday after Labor Day, but this year that day is September 11th.
The date was changed out of respect for those who attend annual
September 11th memorials. The delayed primary also pushed
back all pre- and post-primary report due dates by two days.
time limit prohibiting political contributions under the stateís
pay-to-play law starts at the time when bids for a request for proposal
are submitted, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New
Jersey ruled. The court concluded the receipt of bids constitutes the
"commencement of negotiations" and rejected the appellantís contention
that the disqualification period begins on the day a political
contribution is made.
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County has rolled
out a new online procurement system, known as iProcurement. Vendors and
suppliers, as well as all subcontractors, wishing to do business with
the metro government will have to register with the new system. The new
system can be accessed through the metro governmentís procurement
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA:
A new lobbyist registration ordinance is in effect. The expenditure
report due date is now November 1st of each year and
continues to cover the period from October 1st to September
30th. Electronic registration is now available in addition to
paper registration. Registrations now must include the phone number of
the lobbyist and principal, their signatures where both may be made
electronically, and the county or municipalities to be lobbied. The
ordinance specifically excludes from expenditure reporting the salaries
of the lobbyist and principal, office overhead expenses, and personal
expenses for lodging, meals, and travel. All registrations on file and
in effect with the county prior to the ordinance's effective date remain
in full force and effect.
Chicago Board of Ethics has rolled out a new electronic lobbyist
registration system. Lobbyists may now register online at:
registration is voluntary, so lobbyists may still file paper
registrations if they choose to do so. Lobbyists already registered can
use the online system to add clients to their registration forms.
Registered lobbyists should contact the board of ethics if they need
their login information.
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
Communicationsí 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
E B S I T E
T I P
you want to know what bills will be affecting your government affairs
work in the future?
Federal Communications tracks legislation affecting lobbying, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying. To access a list of pending
legislation, choose the state (or the federal government) you are
interested in from the pull-down menu and then select "Monthly
Legislative Update" in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. You
will find a list of bills along with descriptive titles. Bills listed in
red have been signed into law. Clicking on the bill number will bring up
a brief summary of the bill and the important parts of the billís
history showing how it has moved through the legislative process.
Clicking on the bill number at the top of this screen will bring up the
text of the entire bill. Bill status updates are also included in the
Summary of Changes sent out each month.
ASK THE EXPERTS
State and Federal
Communicationsí Experts Answer Your Questions
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continue to call or e-mail us with questions about your particular
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are not legal advice. Instead, these replies represent our analysis of
laws, rules, and regulations.
I developed support for an
issue by asking the public to contact and influence their
legislator. Should I be concerned with lobbyist disclosure
You are engaging in grassroots lobbying.
Grassroots lobbying is communication by a representative of an
entity to the general public encouraging correspondence to an
office in support of,
or opposition to, an official action. You must determine how
grassroots lobbying is treated in your jurisdiction.
grassroots activities may not meet the definition of lobbying.
In Utah, you must communicate directly with an official to be
engaged in lobbying and have any registration or reporting
requirements. Next, grassroots lobbying may only trigger
disclosure of related expenses. Your grassroots lobbying
expenses are disclosed in California if your employer is already
registered. Finally, grassroots lobbying may require
registration and reporting. Arkansas law expressly includes
grassroots communications in the definition of lobbying and
requires disclosure of the related expenditures.
Do not assume that if you do
not contact a state official directly, you are not engaging in
lobbying. Confirm what activities constitute lobbying before
July's Expert - James Warner, Esq.
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State and Federal
Attending the BIO Convention in Boston, Elizabeth
enjoyed seeing many of our special clients including Brian
O'Connor from BIO.
BIO acknowledged many of the
sponsors for the BIO Convention on the scoreboard by the Green
Monster at Fenway Park during an evening tour.
Elizabeth Bartz with the chair this yearís Go Red
for Women luncheon, Virginia Albanese, president and CEO of
FedEx Custom Critical.
State and Federal
Communications, Inc. employees attending
the Go Red for Women luncheon included
Nola R. Werren, Esq., David McPeek, and Becky Campbell.
Jim Tressel, Vice President of Strategic
Engagement for the University of Akron, spoke at the ERC
[Employers Resource Council] and ESPN Luncheon in Akron, Ohio on
the importance of supporting an internship program in your
office. In this photo along with Jim Tressel were from
State and Federal Communications, Inc. Compliance Associate, Jim
Warner, Esq., and interns David Jones, Zachary Koozer, Maria Varonis, Alexa Livadas, Joanna Kamvouris, and President and CEO
Elizabeth Bartz [as the photographer and supporter of a strong
Joseph W. Mazur, president and chief executive officer of the
All-American Soap Box Derby, spoke in June at an Akron Press
Club event held at the University of Akron. Commenting on
the 75th Anniversary of the organization, he was enthusiastic
about its future. State and Federal employees photographed
with Joe Mazur were Research Associate-Jennifer Zona,
Esq., Alexa Livadas, Executive Director, I.T.-Ren Koozer,
David Jones-former Soap Box Derby racer, and Zachary
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