E-News from State and Federal
Election Day 2016
It has been
a long time coming, but Election Day 2016 has
arrived and we can start on 2017 elections.
intention for this column is to remind
everyone—family, friends, vendors, and your
community—that they need to vote on Tuesday,
November 8. Take them with you. For the past 10
years, I have taken my parents to vote early so
they do not have to stand in long lines on
Election Day. It also helps because they
and think about
the vote at that time. Sometimes I get asked a
question and happy that I can help out.
This is it!
This is the time! Stand up and vote! WOW! This
is exactly what we scream at Cleveland
Cavaliers’ games. It is very true right now. We
need to be #ALLIN16.
And, you can
count on State and Federal Communications to
provide the needed information about the ballot
issue questions affecting lobbying and campaign
finance. Plus, we will soon work on our 2017
important #ALLIN16 is right now.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
Passes Lobbying Law
George Ticoras, Esq.,
12, the Reno City Council adopted a new lobbying law. Ordinance No.
6415 requires lobbyists to register with the city clerk, to inform
the city of their clients, and to wear lobbyist badges when in City
Hall. The ordinance also includes civil and criminal penalties.
The new law
requires lobbyists to complete a registration form with the Office
of the City Clerk prior to any communication with a policymaker. The
law defines policymaker as the mayor, City Council members, Planning
Commission members, and certain appointed officers excluding chief
deputy city attorneys. Communication or communicate includes all
forms of communication, whether in person, in writing, or in
electronic form intended to influence covered officials on any
matter over which City Council has supervision, control,
jurisdiction, or advisory power.
ordinance defines lobbyist as a person who receives anything of
value to communicate with a policymaker on behalf of someone other
than himself or herself to influence a policymaker to act on any
matter over which the policymaker has supervision, control,
jurisdiction, or advisory power. If a lobbyist has communicated with
a policymaker before registering, a registration form must be filed
with the city clerk within five working days or prior to the next
scheduled City Council or Planning Commission meeting, whichever is
registering, the lobbyist must disclose each client being
represented, the principal areas of interest the lobbyist expects to
lobby, and any business associations with policymakers. Registration
must continually be updated to account for any changes in lobbying
registration, each lobbyist will be furnished an identification
badge, which must be worn at all times the lobbyist is in City Hall.
While there is no registration fee set by the ordinance, City
Council stipulated an annual fee could still be imposed. Penalties
for violating the lobbying ordinance include a misdemeanor criminal
conviction and a civil fine of up to $500. The new law will take
effect on January 1, 2017.
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq., Research
CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown
approved a series of bills affecting campaign finance and lobbying
requirements. Senate Bill 215 will require any entity or person
seeking to influence actions taken by the Public Utilities
Commission to register as a lobbyist under the Political Reform Act
of 1974. Senate Bill 1349 will overhaul Cal-Access, California’s
outdated online campaign contribution and lobbying database. Senate
Bill 1107 establishes citizen-funded elections reforms, enabling the
creation of small donor matching programs where candidates who
voluntarily opt in and agree to turn down large contributions
receive limited public matching funds for each small contribution
CALIFORNIA: The first reports
under the Fair Political Practices Commission’s new amended
reporting requirements for "other payments to influence legislative
or administrative action" are due October 31. The third quarter
report covers the period of July 1 to September 30, 2016. Lobbyist
employers and persons spending $5,000 or more to influence
legislative or administrative action will need to itemize "other
payments to influence legislative or administrative action" using
the new Form 640.
NEW MEXICO: The Office of
Secretary of State released new contribution limits for candidates
and political action committees (PACs). Contributions from a person
to a statewide candidate or to a PAC will increase to $5,500. Also,
contributions from a PAC to a non-statewide candidate, statewide
candidate, or to another PAC will increase to $5,500. Contribution
limits are adjusted every election cycle and the current adjustments
will be effective on November 9, 2016.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: City
Council voted to amend the Election Campaign Control Ordinance to
make changes recommended by the Ethic Commission. Among the
amendments are provisions to eliminate the third pre-election filing
for primarily formed recipient committees and to extend the
pre-election fundraising time period to January 1 of odd-numbered
years. The amendments will go into effect on January 1, 2017.
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI: The Board
of Aldermen passed two bills on October 7 to establish campaign
contribution limits and clarify gift reporting. Board Bill 53 limits
campaign contributions in city elections to $10,000 per election
cycle. Violations could result in 90 days of jail and a $500 fine.
If signed by Mayor Francis Slay, the bill would be effective April
6, 2017, just after the spring mayoral election. Board Bill 126
requires elected officials to report gifts and travel expenses
valued at $375 or more when given by interested persons. Violating
the reporting requirement would result in docked pay. Currently, the
code requires reporting of gifts exceeding $250, but it is not clear
whether public officials are reporting gifts as required.
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 State and Federal
Communications' digital encyclopedias for lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying and can be found in the client
portion of our website.
Summaries of major bills are also included
in monthly email updates sent to all clients. The chart below shows the
number of bills we are tracking in regard to lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying.
Number of Jurisdictions
Jurisdiction Added to our
of municipalities and regional governments our research
associates track continues to grow. We now cover almost
300 municipalities and local governments. This is part of a continuous effort to better serve the
needs of our clients.
effort, we have added abridged jurisdictions to
our website. These entries, condensed due to the limited
number of relevant local laws, provide the core
information our clients need for their government
The new jurisdiction is:
W E B S I T E
T I P
Remember to take advantage of the website’s bookmarking
function from your dashboard. Any publication in a given
jurisdiction can be bookmarked by clicking on the
translucent bookmark pennant on the upper right-hand
side of your chosen jurisdiction’s screen. The bookmark
will turn red when activated. When you return to your
dashboard page (by clicking on your name at the top of
the screen), you will see your chosen bookmarks listed
under the “Bookmarks” heading. Clicking on a bookmark
will bring you directly to the bookmarked jurisdiction
without needing to select a publication or a
jurisdiction. Clicking on the red bookmark will remove
the jurisdiction from your list of bookmarks.
Federal Communications’ Experts Answer Your Questions
is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal
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just our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.
My employer makes corporate contributions in California. We
have not yet exceeded $10,000 in calendar year 2016. The
general election is this month. If we decide to make
contributions, are there any reporting requirements?
Your employer may have to file a California “Late
Contribution Report” [Form 497], sometimes referred to as
the “24-hour report.” This report is due during the...
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