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Still Fighting for the Cure
We have heard of Susan G. Komen, but do we know her history.
Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body, and soul.
Through her diagnosis, treatments, and days in the hospital, she
spent time thinking of ways to make life better for other women
battling breast cancer. Her sister made her dream happen. Nancy
Brinker promised her sister she would do everything in her power
to end breast cancer…and, that was 30 years ago.
On July 28th, State and Federal Communications will
participate in the second annual Race for the Cure at
Firestone Golf Course. Our team named ST8PACS for a Cure is
headed up by yours truly, a seven-year breast cancer survivor,
and Nola Werren, a two-year breast cancer survivor.
The team includes our staff, family, and friends and our goal is
to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer, celebrate
cancer survivorship, and honor those who have lost the breast
cancer battle. The last mile of the walk is of every survivor in
line by number of years survived. Nola and I move up one row
Join our team. We would love to have you join us in Akron on
Sunday, July 28th and walk/race with us. Or, we would
appreciate your financial support to
ST8PACS for a Cure,
which you can find on the Komen site,
Together we can and we will make a difference.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
Lobbying Reforms in House Bill 142
Governor Nathan Deal signed an important piece of ethics
legislation aimed at increasing public confidence in state
government on May 6, 2013. House Bill 142 restores
rulemaking powers to the Georgia Government Transparency and
Campaign Finance Commission, clarifies and modifies the
rules surrounding who qualifies as a lobbyist, and sets a
gift limit of $75 per lobbyist gift. The bill becomes
effective January 1, 2014.
The commission’s rulemaking:
House Bill 142 grants to the commission the ability to adopt
“any rules and regulations necessary and appropriate,” so
long as no additional reporting requirements are imposed by
the new rules. While the bill expressly removes the $300
annual lobbyist registration and renewal fee, it allows the
commission to set and collect fees for lobbyist I.D. cards,
supplemental registrations, and replacement I.D. cards.
House Bill 142 makes substantial changes to the definition
of lobbyist. The impact of the changes are most
notable as they relate to registration thresholds and
reporting obligations, as opposed to changes in who a person
can communicate with (or lobby) without registering as a
lobbyist. The bill maintains the five different types of
lobbyists, but removes the 10 percent test currently
relevant to many of the registration thresholds. The bill
also adds a compensation threshold for state level
lobbyists in the amount of $250 per year.
Changes have also been made to the lobbyist exemptions. An
exemption for salespeople now matches a preexisting
exception to the definition of lobbyist, an exemption
for volunteer lobbyists of certain qualifying organizations
is added, and the exemption for attorneys and staff not paid
to lobby is expanded.
House Bill 142 prohibits expenditures to a public officer or
employee for the purpose of influencing a public officer.
The definition of expenditure includes expenses
exceeding $75 from any individual lobbyist such as
transportation, travel, lodging, registration, food,
beverages, and tickets given for less than face value.
Permitted gifts and exceptions to the $75 limit include food
and beverage produced in Georgia, food and beverage at a
group event for all members of an agency, campaign
contributions, and actual expenses for attending educational
or charitable conferences. The bill does not limit the
number of times a $75 gift may be given and does not
explicitly prohibit splitting the cost of a gift among
several lobbyists. Registered lobbyists will have to report
the description and amount of all lobbying expenditures,
regardless of value.
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
by John Cozine, Esq.
Governor Mike Beebe approved a proposed constitutional amendment to
be placed on the November 4, 2014, general election
ballot. House Joint Resolution 1009, the Arkansas
Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency, and Financial
Reform Amendment of 2014, passed both chambers shortly
before the regular session recessed on April 24, 2013.
If affirmed by the voters, the constitutional amendment
will ban corporate and union gifts to political
campaigns, ban lobbyist gifts to legislative and
executive officials, and provide 16-year term limits for
legislators. The amendment would also increase the time
between when a legislator leaves office and when a
legislator is permitted to become a lobbyist from one
year to two years.
NEW YORK CITY: The New York City Campaign Finance Board won two court cases
involving the city’s campaign finance laws. In one case,
Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald sued the
city in hopes of eliminating the city’s strict
contribution limits and bringing them in line with the
state’s limits. However, a state court held the city’s
contribution limits legal and reasonable to keep money
from influencing elections. In the other case, a federal
court upheld the provisions limiting the amount of
public funds available to candidates who do not face
meaningful competition. This provision, dubbed the "sure
winners" provisions by the Campaign Finance Board, was
under attack in Ognibene v. Parkes, a suit filed
in 2008. In a non-competitive race, the city is allowed
to withhold public funds from a candidate. While the
court did find the city could not use the opponent’s
financial activity as criteria for the appeals process,
overall the decision was a clear victory for the
Campaign Finance Board.
GEORGIA: Governor Nathan Deal signed two pieces of ethics legislation aimed
at increasing public confidence in state government on
May 6, 2013. House Bill 142 restores rulemaking powers
to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign
Finance Commission, clarifies and modifies the rules
surrounding who qualifies as a lobbyist, and sets a gift
limit of $75 per lobbyist gift. House Bill 143 requires
more campaign transparency for local races and allows
for public notice of any campaign contributions given to
members of the General Assembly leading up to the start
of the legislative session. The bills become effective
January 1, 2014.
NORTH DAKOTA: The Legislature adjourned sine die early Saturday, May 4, 2013.
During this longest-ever legislative session, Governor
Jack Dalrymple signed two campaign finance bills to
establish registration and reporting requirements for
independent expenditures. Senate Bill 2255 and Senate
Bill 2299 expand definitions and reporting requirements
for campaign entities making independent expenditures in
North Dakota elections. Federal PACs making independent
expenditures in excess of $200 in state races will be
required to file a copy of the federal report detailing
the expenditures. The bills become effective August 1,
Governor Mike Beebe approved a bill expanding
restrictions on former public officials seeking to
register as lobbyists. Senate Bill 331, now Act 486,
prohibits statewide elected officers, certain state
employees, and state agency executives from registering
as a lobbyist for one year following expiration of
employment. Previously, only members of the General
Assembly were subject to this revolving door
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
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A new quick reference chart, titled "Requirements for Federal PACs
Active in the States," is available on the State and Federal
Communications website. The chart covers the registration and reporting
requirements for federal PACs making contributions to state candidates.
As with all of the quick reference charts on our website, it is
continuously updated as changes are made to the relevant parts of the
individual state entries. Subscribers to the Executive Source Guide on
Political Contributions can access the chart by clicking on the link to
the Political Contributions Resource Page immediately after logging in
to the website.
ASK THE EXPERTS
State and Federal
Communications’ Experts Answer Your Questions
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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.
I’m registered as a legislative lobbyist
in Indiana. How do the new changes in the law affect me?
Recently, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed Enrolled Act 1222,
expanding the definition of lobbying and requiring
lobbyists to file registrations and reports electronically. This
bill also increases the annual lobbyist registration fee from
$100 to $200 and syncs the lobbyist registration year to
correspond with the current lobbyist reporting periods (November-April
and May-October). As such, one of the most significant
changes requiring your attention is that registration statements
issued for 2013 will expire on November 1, not on
Most of the bill’s provisions will become
effective July 1, 2013. Here is a brief summary of
Effective July 1, 2013, the definition of legislative
person includes all employees of the legislative
department of state government for determining what
communications constitute legislative lobbying.
For purposes of determining whether a person is a lobbyist,
the annual registration fee is not to be considered when
calculating the $500 compensation and expenditure
As noted, current 2013 lobbyist registrations will expire on
November 1, 2013. Registration will be required for each
reporting year beginning on November 1, 2013, or within 15
business days after becoming a lobbyist, whichever is later.
The commission may accept registration statements up to 60
days before the first day of the reporting year.
Effective November 1, 2013, the registration fee is $200.
However, the registration fee is $100 if the lobbyist is a
501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, or an
employee of a lobbyist nonprofit organization who performs
lobbying services for the employer as part of the lobbyist's
Effective November 1, 2013, electronic registration is
required unless the commission grants an exception.
Effective July 1, 2013, gift reports and purchasing reports
need to be filed only with the Indiana Lobby Registration
Commission and the legislative person with respect to whom
the report was made.
Effective January 1, 2014, electronic filing is mandatory
unless the commission grants an exception.
June's Expert -
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Scrapbook - 2013
Re-use-a-Shoe event in Savannah, Georgia at
the March SGAC event.
Summit County GO RED for
WOMEN event offered a
venue of fun photos. Our
own Becky Campbell
and Nola Werren enjoyed these accessories.
Bill-Community Advocate and Virginia
Albanese-FedEx Custom Critical, along with Elizabeth Bartz-State
Federal Communications, Inc. and John Chames-Western-Southern
Life at the GO RED for WOMEN
Luncheon in Akron.
Virginia and Elizabeth are Circle of
Red Members and Bill and John are in the Red Tie Society.
Some of our I.T. Department attended the
GO RED for WOMEN event.
Photographed: Zack Koozer, Social Media Intern, Joe May,
Social Media Coordinator, and David Jones, I.T. Intern.
Laura Brelin -
United Way of
by to present to
State and Federal Communications, Inc. received
the Community Support Award as "Champion for Children" from
Summit County Children Services at the Fourth Annual Community
Appreciation Breakfast on April 30, 2013.
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