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South Carolina Senate Passes Ethics Reform Legislation

ethics, South Carolina

The South Carolina Senate passed ethics reform legislation yesterday related to investigations of lawmakers and financial disclosure requirements. One bill Continued on Next Page

Harsher Penalties Proposed for New York Election Law Violations

campaign finance, New York

State Sen. Terrence Murphy introduced a bill aiming to better prohibit unlawful campaign contributions and increase penalties for state election Continued on Next Page

Alabama Legislature Passes Exception to Revolving Door Provision

Alabama, lobbying, revolving door

The Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Robert Bentley creating an exception to the current revolving door provision of the Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – April 29, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

National: Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months, and Apologizes for Sex Abuse New York Times – Monica Davey, Julie Bosman, Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, State and Federal Communications

Lobbying California: “Here Are All the Sports Events California State Lawmakers Attended for Free” by Javier Panzar for Los Angeles Continued on Next Page

Legislators Fire Executive Director of Virginia Ethics Council

ethics, Virginia

The executive director of the newly formed ethics council in Virginia has been removed from this position. Chris Piper was Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Elections “Clinton Decisively Wins Democratic Primaries in 4 States” by Abby Phillip, John Wagner, and Anne Gearan for Washington Post Continued on Next Page

Canadian Senator Cleared of Bribery and Fraud Charges

Canada, ethics

Sen. Mike Duffy was cleared of 31 charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust on April 21, 2016. The Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, State and Federal Communications, Uncategorized

Lobbying California: “The Most Influential Person on the Coastal Commission May Be This Lobbyist” by Kim Christensen for Los Angeles Continued on Next Page

Former Idaho Lawmaker Pushes for Ethics Changes

campaign finance, ethics, gift law, lobbying

Former state lawmaker Holli Woodings is leading the campaign for a voter initiative to make large-scale changes to state ethics Continued on Next Page

American Samoa Gov. Signs Executive Order Creating Office of Political Status, Constitutional Review and Federal Relations

American Samoa

On April 19, American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga signed an executive order creating the Office of Political Status, Constitutional Continued on Next Page

NC General Assembly Begins New Session

legislative sessions, North Carolina

Lawmakers will return to Raleigh today to begin the 2016 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly. The session Continued on Next Page

Michigan Election Law Faces Another Legal Challenge

campaign finance, elections, Michigan

The Michigan election law enacted by last session’s Senate Bill 571 is facing yet another legal challenge. A group of Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbyists Capitalize on Election Scramble” by Megan Wilson for The Hill Alabama: “Muslim Activists from Alabama See the Capitol’s Continued on Next Page

Tennessee Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

legislative sessions, Tennessee

The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die on Friday, April 22, 2016. The legislature approved a $34.9 billion budget Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – April 22, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

National: Elizabeth Warren, Comic Book Hero? Senator Is Latest to Star Albuquerque Journal – Steve LeBlanc (Associated Press) | Published: 4/18/2016 Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Legislature Adjourns Session Early

legislative sessions, Mississippi

The Mississippi Legislature has adjourned its 2016 legislative session sine die today, April 21, 2016. The Senate concluded its session Continued on Next Page

Missouri General Assembly Sends Ethics Legislation to Governor

ethics, Missouri

Missouri lawmakers sent legislation to the governor on Wednesday as part of the state’s attempt at ethics reform. One bill Continued on Next Page

Nebraska Legislature Adjourns 2016 Session

legislative sessions, Nebraska

The Nebraska Legislature adjourned its 2016 legislative session sine die on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Despite almost doubling the number Continued on Next Page

Portland, Oregon Passes Political Consultant Disclosure Rule

ethics, Oregon, Portland

Portland City Council passed an ordinance that will make relationships between city officials and political consultants more transparent. Under the Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trade Group for Lobbyists Closing Down” by Megan Wilson for The Hill “Va. Lawmakers Sustain Series of McAuliffe Vetoes” Continued on Next Page

Michigan Bill Introduced to Increase Lobbyist Reporting Requirements

lobbying, Michigan

Michigan State Rep. Gary Glenn recently introduced legislation to increase lobbyist reporting requirements. House Bill 5535 would require lobbyists and Continued on Next Page

Virginia Senate Rejects Governor’s Amendments to Ethics Bills

ethics, gift law, lobbying, Virginia

Meeting today for its annual veto-session, the Virginia General Assembly turned its attention to ethics legislation amendments recommended by Gov. Continued on Next Page

San Luis Obispo, CA City Council Votes Against Democracy Vouchers

California, campaign finance, elections, ethics, independent expenditures

San Luis Obispo City Council voted yesterday not to proceed with a proposed ordinance to create a system of democracy Continued on Next Page

Utah to Have Special Session in May

legislative sessions, Utah

On April 18, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, and Speaker of the House Greg Hughes announced an Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, procurement

Lobbying “Lobbyists and Corporations, Arm-in-Arm” by Rani Molla for Bloomberg.com “What is Shadow Lobbying? How Influence Peddlers Shape Policy in Continued on Next Page

AGRP Lobbyist Association Closing Down

AGRP, lobbying

On April 18, the Association of Government Relations Professionals (AGRP) began winding down operations, according the organization’s press release. The Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, State and Federal Communications

Lobbying Colorado: “Lobbyist Ben Walters May Be in Hot Water for Lying to Lawmakers” by Marianne Goodland for Colorado Independent Continued on Next Page

Alaska Legislature Continues in Session

Alaska, legislative sessions

The Alaska Legislature remains in session despite its Sunday deadline, with lawmakers set to work on a budget deficit-reduction package. Continued on Next Page

Kentucky General Assembly Adjourns; Declines to Raise Contribution Limits

campaign finance, Kentucky

A bill to double contribution limits died in the Senate as the 2016 legislative session came to a close. The Continued on Next Page

State and Federal Communications Sponsors 2016 Cherry Blossom Princess for The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C.

D.C., Elizabeth Bartz, Ohio, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications, the sponsor of the 2016 Cherry Blossom Princess of The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C., introduced Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Ohio: “Many GOP Lobbyists Will Go to Cleveland but the Thrill Is Gone” by Catherine Ho for Washington Post Continued on Next Page

Missouri Governor Signs Ethics Bill

ethics, Missouri

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1983 yesterday, prohibiting statewide elected officials and legislators from receiving compensation as paid Continued on Next Page

FEC Discusses Motion for Rule-Making Concerning Political Expenditures and Contributions from Foreign Nationals

campaign finance, Federal Election Commission, political contributions

On April 14, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) considered a motion to open a rule-making concerning whether to require entities Continued on Next Page

Idaho Overhauls Purchasing Procedures with New Law

ethics, Idaho, procurement

Gov. Butch Otter signed a procurement bill into law late last month, overhauling how the state makes purchases. House Bill Continued on Next Page

NYC to Consider Campaign Finance Reforms

campaign finance, New York, New York City

The New York City Council is scheduled to review a package of eight campaign finance reform bills on May 2, Continued on Next Page

VA Governor Sets Special Election for 1st Senate District

elections, Virginia

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has set the date for a special election to replace state Sen. John Miller. The election will be Continued on Next Page

We are in Portland for the 2016 SGAC National Summit!

Elizabeth Bartz, SGAC, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications is excited to be an event sponsor of the 2016 SGAC National Summit in Portland, Oregon. Continued on Next Page

Honolulu Charter Commission Considers Amending Gift Provisions

ethics, gift law, Hawaii, Honolulu, lobbying

The Honolulu Charter Commission is considering a proposal today to clarify conflict-of-interest provisions for city employees and officials. Current charter Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – April 15, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

Federal: As Campaigns Seek Delegates, Ordinary Voters Feel Sidelined New York Times – Jeremy Peters | Published: 4/9/2016 For decades, both Continued on Next Page

Portland, Oregon Reviews Proposed Ethics Reforms

ethics, lobbying, Oregon, Portland, revolving door

The City Council heard two proposed ethics reforms at yesterday’s council meeting. An ordinance introduced to require political consultants working Continued on Next Page

MA OCPF Issues Regulation Concerning Coordination

campaign finance, independent expenditures, Massachusetts, OCPF

On April 8, the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) issued new regulations concerning coordination between candidates and Continued on Next Page

Kentucky Budget Agreement Includes Increase in Fee for Executive Agency Lobbyists

Kentucky, lobbying

Just days after Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed a bill to raise the executive agency lobbyist registration fee, proponents of the Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called in Michigan

elections, Michigan, special elections

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has set a date for a special election to fill Virgil Smith’s former state senate seat. Continued on Next Page

AZ Campaign Finance Ballot Initiative Seeks to Counter Senate Bill 1516

Arizona, campaign finance

Signatures are being collected to put a campaign finance initiative on the Arizona state ballot this November. The initiative, filed Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, State and Federal Communications

Lobbying Kentucky: “Bevin’s Five Veto Actions Most in 16 Years” by Joseph Gerth for Louisville Courier-Journal Campaign Finance “Why Thousands Continued on Next Page

Ontario Premier Announces Campaign Finance Legislation

campaign finance, Canada, Ontario

Ontario, Canada Premier Kathleen Wynne announced provincial legislation will be introduced in May banning corporate and union donations to political Continued on Next Page

Indianapolis Council Approves Ethics Reform

Indiana

The City-County Council passed a proposal earlier this week to amend Indianapolis-Marion County ethics and lobbying laws. The proposal creates Continued on Next Page

NY’s JCOPE Confirms Resignation of Two Commissioners

ethics, JCOPE, New York

New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) has confirmed that two commissioners have resigned from their positions. The resignations Continued on Next Page

Kentucky Governor Vetoes Bill to Raise Executive Branch Lobbyist Fee

Kentucky, lobbying

Gov. Matt Bevin has vetoed a bill to increase the executive branch lobbyist registration fee. House Bill 423, a state Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Curbing Corporate Lobbyists: Easier than you think” by Lee Drutman and Christine Mahoney for American Prospect Virginia: “Jobs and Continued on Next Page

Elizabeth Bartz Receives 2016 PLEN Mentor Award

Elizabeth Bartz, PLEN, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz received the PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) Mentor Award in Washington, Continued on Next Page

Ohio Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Amend Campaign Finance Law

campaign finance, Ohio

Ohio Rep. John Becker recently introduced campaign finance legislation to simplify and modernize current state law. House Bill 502 would Continued on Next Page

Kentucky Legislators Postpone Adjournment to Finalize Budget Deal

Kentucky, legislative sessions

Lawmakers have agreed to push the final day of the 2016 legislative session from April 12 to April 15 so Continued on Next Page

Maryland General Assembly Adjourns Regular Session

legislative sessions, Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned late Monday, April 11, 2016, after passing legislation reforming the state’s criminal justice system. Unable Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Ethics Commission Names New Executive Director

ethics

Ashley Kemp will soon take over as the new executive director of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. Executive Director Lee Slater Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, State and Federal Communications

Lobbying Tennessee: “Lobbying Expenditures on Tenn. Lawmakers Increases in 2015” by Tom Humphrey (Knoxville News Sentinel) for Memphis Commercial Appeal Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, Uncategorized

Lobbying “A Cool Million Was Spent Lobbying Hawaii Lawmakers in Two Months” by Nathan Eagle for Honolulu Civil Beat “Dem Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – April 8, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

Federal: Could Republican Convention Delegates Be Bought? Legally, Maybe CNN – Tal Kopan and Gregory Krieg | Published: 4/4/2016 There are Continued on Next Page

Missouri Legislature One Step Closer to Passing Revolving Door Ban

lobbying, Missouri, revolving door

A revolving door ban, prohibiting legislators from serving in office one day and returning as lobbyists the next, has been Continued on Next Page

Oregon Transparency Bill Becomes Law

lobbying, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed into law a bill requiring lobbyists to file registration statements within three business days Continued on Next Page

Arkansas General Assembly Enters Extraordinary Session

Arkansas, legislative sessions

The 90th Arkansas General Assembly entered its second extraordinary session on Wednesday, April 6, to consider Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Medicaid Continued on Next Page

We Are Excited to Support Women in Government Relations

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications, WGR

State and Federal Communications is proud to be a sponsor of the Women in Government Relations IMPACT 2016: PACs, Politics, Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, legislative sessions, lobbying, social media, State and Federal Communications

Lobbying Missouri: “Missouri Lawmakers Strike a Deal on Revolving-Door Lobbyist Ban” by Jason Hancock for Kansas City Star Campaign Finance Continued on Next Page

Supreme Court Declines Challenge to Mississippi Campaign Finance Law

campaign finance, Mississippi, U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a Mississippi campaign finance law requiring individuals or groups to report Continued on Next Page

Kaua`i County Requires Lobbyists to Register and Report

Hawaii, lobbying

Kaua`i County lobbyists will soon be required to register with the county clerk within five days of engaging in lobbying. Continued on Next Page

Virginia Governor to Call Special Election

elections, special elections, Virginia

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will soon set a special election to fill the District 1 seat of the state senate. Sen. Continued on Next Page

Portland, Oregon to Consider Ethics Reforms

ethics, lobbying, Oregon, Portland, revolving door

The Portland City Council will consider adopting new ethics reform measures to broaden the revolving door prohibition to two years, Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations

campaign finance, elections, ethics, Uncategorized

Campaign Finance Wisconsin: “Ted Cruz Leans on Allied Super PAC as GOP Nomination Fight Rolls On” by Matea Gold and Continued on Next Page

Proud to Be a Sponsor of Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Ohio, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications is excited to be a Bronze Sponsor of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, State and Federal Communications

Lobbying Georgia: “Friends in the Hall: How lobbyists use influence to help their clients” by Max Blau for Atlanta Magazine Continued on Next Page

One Person, One Vote Ruling by U.S. Supreme Court

redistricting, U.S. Supreme Court

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided a state or locality may draw its legislative districts based on the total Continued on Next Page

Federal Judge Rules Kentucky’s Ban on Corporate Contributions is Unconstitutional

campaign finance, corporate contributions, Kentucky

The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (KREF) cannot enforce the state’s constitutional prohibition on corporate contributions, according to a federal Continued on Next Page

AZ Governor Signs Campaign Finance Law

Arizona, campaign finance

On March 31, a bill overhauling campaign finance passed by the Arizona Legislature was signed into law by Gov. Doug Continued on Next Page

Helping Those Who Struggle with Hunger

Akron, Akron Canton Regional Food Bank, Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications held a Brown Bag Lunch Day on March 15 to raise money for the Akron-Canton Regional Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Annual GAO Report on Federal Lobbying Compliance Shows Mixed Enforcement Bag: Fewer audits, more and larger enforcement penalties” by Continued on Next Page

Georgia Special Election Heading for a Runoff

elections, Georgia, special elections

A special election for House District 162, held on March 29, 2016, is headed for a runoff after no candidate Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – April 1, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

National: Feeling G.O.P. Peril, Muslims Try to Get Out Vote New York Times – Alan Rappeport | Published: 3/24/2016 American Muslims Continued on Next Page

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