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Archive for May, 2016

Yukon Legislature Adjourns

Canada, legislative sessions, Yukon

On May 26, the 2016 spring sitting of the first session of the 33rd Yukon Legislative Assembly adjourned. Neither Bill Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Governor Calls Special Session in June

legislative sessions, Louisiana

On May 27, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a call for a second special session of the Louisiana Legislature. Continued on Next Page

Primer: Democratic Superdelegates

elections

As the primaries come to an end, more and more is being heard about the superdelegates’ role in choosing the Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

legislative sessions, Oklahoma

The second regular session of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature adjourned sine die on Friday, May 27. Prior to adjournment, lawmakers Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Illinois: “Rauner Board Asked Builders to Lobby Lawmakers” by The Associated Press for Crain’s Chicago Business Nevada: “Council Votes to Continued on Next Page

Former Quebec Premier Did Not Breach Federal Lobbying Rules

Canada, lobbying, Quebec

Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd found former Quebec premier Jean Charest did not breach federal lobbying rules when he contacted the Continued on Next Page

Ethics Complaint Alleges Potential Conflict of Interest Violations for Canadian Officials

Canada, conflict of interest, ethics

Democracy Watch, a political accountability group, has filed an ethics complaint with Federal Commissioner of Lobbying Karen Shepherd questioning the Continued on Next Page

Rochester Ethics Board Seeks Appointment Reforms

ethics, New York

The City of Rochester Ethical Practices Board has formally requested the City Council and Mayor Ardell Brede review the process Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – May 27, 2016

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

National: Getting a Photo ID So You Can Vote Is Easy. Unless You’re Poor, Black, Latino or Elderly. Washington Post Continued on Next Page

Montana Contribution Limits for Political Parties Change Again

campaign finance, Montana

On May 25, U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell partially stayed his order from May 17 striking Montana’s contributions limits. On Continued on Next Page

Reno, Nevada City Council Defers Passing Lobbying Law

lobbying, Nevada

On May 25, the Reno City Council unanimously voted to defer the question of whether to pass a lobbying law Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying California: “California Senate Votes to Ban Private Talks at Coastal Board” by Alexei Koseff for Sacramento Bee Rhode Island: Continued on Next Page

Elizabeth Bartz Endows New KSU Scholarship

Elizabeth Bartz, Kent State University, State and Federal Communications

Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO of State and Federal Communications, has provided a $30,000 endowment to Kent State University Continued on Next Page

New York Governor Seeks to Close Fundraising Loophole

campaign finance, New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed eight bills to the state Legislature to close a controversial loophole in campaign finance law Continued on Next Page

Rhode Island House Unanimously Passes Lobbying Law Bill

lobbying, Rhode Island

On May 24, the Rhode Island House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill changing the state’s lobbying law. House Bill Continued on Next Page

San Diego Ethics Commission to Consider Campaign Finance Amendments

California, campaign finance, ethics, San Diego

The San Diego Ethics Commission released a draft of proposed amendments to San Diego’s Election Campaign Control Ordinance. The proposed Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Missouri: “Impact of Missouri’s ‘Revolving Door’ Lobbyist Law Questioned” by Jason Hancock for Kansas City Star Campaign Finance “Despite Continued on Next Page

Reno, NV to Consider Lobbying Law

lobbying, Nevada

On May 25, the Reno City Council will consider requiring lobbyist to register with the city. At tomorrow’s council meeting, Continued on Next Page

New York’s JCOPE Budgets to Defend Regulation

JCOPE, New York

Earlier this year, the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) made a regulatory change requiring public relations professionals to Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying Pennsylvania: “Pa. Officials, Lobbyists Split on How to Vet Business Propositions” by Brad Bumsted for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Campaign Finance Continued on Next Page

Department of Justice Investigating Virginia Governor

campaign finance, ethics, Virginia

Gov. Terry is the subject of a federal investigation surrounding contributions to his gubernatorial campaign. The Department of Justice is Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Special Session Adjourned Sine Die

Arkansas, legislative sessions

On May 23, the Third Extraordinary Session of the 90th General Assembly adjourned sine die. The primary focus of the Continued on Next Page

Virginia Governor Approves Changes to Ethics Laws

ethics, Virginia

Last week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 692, approving changes to the state’s ethics laws yet again. Among the Continued on Next Page

Minnesota Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

legislative sessions, Minnesota

The Legislature adjourned sine die at midnight after a long day on Sunday, May 23. Prior to adjournment, $260 million Continued on Next Page

Ontario, Canada Lobbying Law Changes Coming in July

Canada, lobbying, Ontario

Effective July 1, Ontario’s Office of the Integrity Commissioner will begin enforcing a new lobbying law for the province. On Continued on Next Page

RI Launches Informational Online Interactive Tool for State’s Lobbying and Public Meeting Information

government transparency, lobbying, Rhode Island

On May 19, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea unveiled the launch of Open Government Interactive, an online Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Rhode Island: “Do R.I. General Assembly Grants Funnel Back into Lobbying?” by Patrick Anderson for Providence Journal Campaign Finance Continued on Next Page

Baltimore Election Results Decertified

elections, Maryland

Baltimore City’s primary election results have been ordered to be decertified by state election officials, and a precinct-level review of Continued on Next Page

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia Adjourned

British Columbia, campaign finance, legislative sessions

On May 19, the fifth session of the 40th parliament of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia adjourned. The Local Continued on Next Page

Michigan Government Transparency Bills Clear House Committee

government transparency, Michigan

A package of government transparency bills making the governor and Legislature subject to Michigan public record laws has reported out Continued on Next Page

Arkansas State Supreme Court Rejects Ethics Initiative Lawsuit

Arkansas, ethics

The state Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit requiring Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to approve language or offer an alternative to Continued on Next Page

Delaware Hit with Wave of Lobbyist and Donor Bills

Delaware, lobbyist, political contributions

On May 17, three separate bills regarding lobbyists and political donors were introduced in the General Assembly. If all three Continued on Next Page

Alabama Launches Voter Registration App

Alabama, electronic filing

On May 19, Secretary of State John Merrill launched a Vote for Alabama app, available to all iPhones and Androids. Continued on Next Page

Ethics Law Changes May Appear on November Ballot in Miami-Dade County

ethics, Florida, Miami-Dade County

A group of current and past politicians have announced an initiative to strengthen ethics laws in Miami-Dade County. The group, Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called to Fill Pennsylvania House Seat

Pennsylvania, special elections

A special election has been called to fill a vacancy in the District 168 seat of the Pennsylvania House of Continued on Next Page

Utah Special Session Adjourns

legislative sessions, Utah

On May 18, the 2016 second special session of the 61st Utah Legislature adjourned sine die. The one-day special session Continued on Next Page

Arizona Governor Signs More Campaign Finance Legislation

Arizona, campaign finance

On May 18, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed campaign finance legislation advancing the effective date of implementation of some of Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Attorney Seeks Preliminary Injunction Against Attorney General Over Ballot Initiative

Arkansas, campaign finance, ethics

On May 13, attorney David Couch petitioned the Arkansas Supreme Court to issue a preliminary injunction requiring Attorney General Leslie Continued on Next Page

Special Session Called in Alaska

Alaska, legislative sessions

On May 18, the Alaska Legislature hit the constitutional limit on session length of 121 days in session without reaching Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “Trump, RNC Announce Joint Fundraising Deal” by Eric Bradner and Sara Murray for CNN Florida: “County Commissioners Endorse Continued on Next Page

Campaign Finance Bill to Ban Corporate Contributions Introduced in Ontario Canada Legislative Assembly

campaign finance, Canada, corporate contributions, Ontario

On May 17, a bill to amend the Election Finances Act was introduced in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Bill Continued on Next Page

New York Constitutional Amendment Proposed to Address Corruption

campaign finance, ethics, New York

The Assembly is negotiating language for a proposed state constitutional amendment to strip corrupt lawmakers of their pensions. If approved Continued on Next Page

Montana Political Contribution Limits Found Unconstitutional

campaign finance, Montana, political contributions

On May 17, U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell ruled the current statutory campaign finance contribution limits in Montana unconstitutional. “Defendants Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “Death Threats Directed at Elections Regulator” by Dave Levinthal for Center for Public Integrity Arizona: “Effort Launches to Continued on Next Page

Texas Ethics Commission Rules Adopted to Conform with House Bill 3517

ethics, Texas

The Texas Ethics Commission adopted rule changes to conform with House Bill 3517 of 2015. The bill had removed the exemption Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Michigan: “Senator Sponsors Gambling Bill Pushed by Wife’s Firm” by Paul Egan for Detroit Free Press Campaign Finance “Billionaires Continued on Next Page

California Procurement Lobbying Bill Vetoed

California, lobbying, procurement

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 1200. The bill would have revised the definition of lobbyist to include third-party Continued on Next Page

California Senate Reverses Ban on Contributions Rule

California, campaign finance

The California Senate voted to reverse the ban on members raising money from lobbyist employers during budget negotiations. The ban Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying California: “The Coastal Commission Hopes to Restore Public Trust with Its Latest Decision” by Dan Weikel for Los Angeles Continued on Next Page

Missouri Legislature Adjourns

legislative sessions, Missouri

The 98th General Assembly adjourned Friday, May 13. Although ethics reform was a top priority this session, lawmakers fell short Continued on Next Page

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Selected

elections, ethics, Government Accountability Board, Wisconsin

Elections Division Administrator Michael Haas has been selected to serve as the Administrator of the new Wisconsin Elections Commission. His Continued on Next Page

Maryland Pay-to-Play Disclosure Regulations Proposed

Maryland, pay-to-play

The State Board of Elections has proposed new pay-to-play disclosure rules and regulations. The board seeks to align current rules Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – May 13, 2016

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

National: Conservatives Accuse Facebook of Political Bias New York Times – John Hermann and Mike Isaac | Published: 5/9/2016 Facebook denied Continued on Next Page

California Senate Reverses Ban on Contributions Rule

California, campaign finance

The California Senate voted to reverse the ban on members raising money from lobbyist employers during budget negotiations. The ban Continued on Next Page

Legislation Introduced to Allow Rhode Island Ethics Commission to Prosecute Lawmakers

ethics, Rhode Island

On May 10, 2016, legislation was introduced in both the Rhode Island House and Senate calling for a voter-approved amendment Continued on Next Page

Colorado General Assembly Adjourns

Colorado, legislative sessions

The second regular session of the 70th Colorado General Assembly adjourned on Wednesday, May 11. An expansion of state liquor Continued on Next Page

Columbus Mayor Signs Executive Order on Ethics

Columbus, ethics, gift law

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther signed Executive Order 2016-01 on Tuesday, May 10, establishing ethics guidelines for public officials. Effective immediately, Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbying Groups Descend on Battleground States” by Megan Wilson for The Hill Arizona: “Lobbying Complaint Filed against Former Arizona Continued on Next Page

Director of Wisconsin GAB to Retire

Government Accountability Board, Wisconsin

Kevin Kennedy, director of the Government Accountability Board (GAB), will retire June 29, just before the agency is replaced by Continued on Next Page

California Legislature to Begin Budget Work

California, legislative sessions

California Gov. Jerry Brown will release his revised 2016-17 budget proposal on Friday, May 13, 2016. The release of the Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “Donald Trump, in Switch, Turns to Republican Party for Fund-Raising Help” by Maggie Haberman, Ashley Parker, and Nick Continued on Next Page

Special Session Called in West Virginia

legislative sessions, West Virginia

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced a special legislative session set to begin Monday, May 16. The session is Continued on Next Page

New York Bill Aims to Curb Corporate Campaign Contributions

campaign finance, corporate contributions, New York

The Elections Committee approved a bill to reduce the corporate contribution limit from $5,000 to $1,000 per year and to Continued on Next Page

Pierce County, WA Eliminates County Lobbying Restrictions

ethics, lobbying, Washington

Pierce County Council recently passed an ordinance amending the county’s code of ethics to remove existing restrictions on lobbying. Prior Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Minnesota: “How Minnesota’s Citizen Lobbyists Seek Change” by Bill Salisbury, David Montgomery, Rachel Stassen-Berger, and Dave Orrick (St. Paul Pioneer Continued on Next Page

Missouri Governor Signs Ethics Legislation

ethics, Missouri

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed two ethics bills on Friday, May 6. One bill creates a revolving door provision for Continued on Next Page

Vermont General Assembly Adjourns 2016 Session

legislative sessions, Vermont

The General Assembly has completed its business for the year and adjourned the 2016 legislative session on Friday, May 6, Continued on Next Page

Arizona Legislature Adjourns Regular Session

Arizona, legislative sessions

On May 7, the Arizona Legislature adjourned its 52nd, Second regular session sine die at 5:45 a.m. The governor has Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbyists Struggle with Trump Reality” by Megan Wilson for The Hill “Lobbyist Spending Disclosures Due Soon” by Phil Kabler Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Schedules Special Session to Follow 2016 Fiscal Session

Arkansas, legislative sessions

The Legislature finished the fiscal session on May 5, 2016, with the formal sine die adjournment scheduled for Monday, May Continued on Next Page

State and Federal Communications Receives 2016 Diversity Awards!

Diversity Business Award, Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications and its President and CEO Ms. Elizabeth Z. Bartz were honored for key business milestones reached Continued on Next Page

Hawaii Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Hawaii, legislative sessions

The 28th Hawaii State Legislature adjourned its regular session sine die on May 5, 2016. Among other things, lawmakers approved Continued on Next Page

Amended MSRB Rule G-20 Effective Today

ethics, gift law, MSRB

Today, amendments to a Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) conflict-of-interest rule concerning gifts and gratuities take effect. MSRB Rule G-20 Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – May 6, 2016

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

National: Often-Secret Donors Spend Big to Push Elected Officials’ Pet Projects USA Today – Fredreka Schouten and Mary Troyan | Continued on Next Page

Our May Photo Scrapbook

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

Enjoy these fun photos from recent events.

New York Representative Seeks Ethics Reform

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, New York, pay-to-play

Rep. Steve McLaughlin is seeking bipartisan support for a package of ethics reform bills. The bills seek reform on multiple Continued on Next Page

See Us in Person!

BIO, Elizabeth Bartz, NCSL, PLI, Public Affairs Council, State and Federal Communications, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Here is our May/June calendar. If you are attending any of the coming events, please stop by and say hello! Continued on Next Page

Alabama Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Alabama, legislative sessions

The Legislature adjourned sine die late Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Lawmakers started the impeachment process of Gov. Robert Bentley and Continued on Next Page

Ask the Experts – Aggregation of Contribution Limits

Ask the Experts, campaign finance

Q. My employer is a wholly owned subsidiary of a parent corporation.  Does a parent corporation, a subsidiary, or other Continued on Next Page

Connecticut Legislature Adjourns; Special Session Coming Next Week

Connecticut, legislative sessions

The Connecticut General Assembly adjourned its regular session yesterday, May 4, 2016, without reaching a deal on the state budget. Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying California: “State Senator Calls for a Ban on Private Meetings with Coastal Commissioners to ‘Level the Playing Field’” by Continued on Next Page

Hawaii State Ethics Commission Seeking New Executive Director

ethics, Hawaii

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission is currently accepting applications for Executive Director to replace former executive director and chief legal Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying California: “Legislature Passes Bill to Disclose Lobbying on State Contracts” by Guy Marzorati for KQED Campaign Finance New Jersey: Continued on Next Page

Maryland Expands Pay-to-Play Reporting Requirements

Maryland, pay-to-play

Gov. Larry Hogan signed a pay-to-play bill, amending campaign finance reporting requirements for filers doing public business. House Bill 112 Continued on Next Page

Race for a Cure — We Have to Beat Breast Cancer

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications, Susan G. Komen

You know I hate cancer.  No one wants to be in the club, yet every day someone else is initiated Continued on Next Page

SF Ethics Commission to Hold Interested Persons Meetings

California, campaign finance, gift law, lobbying, San Francisco

The San Francisco Ethics Commission has announced two interested persons meetings on May 11 and May 16 to discuss a Continued on Next Page

California Procurement Lobbying Bill Sent to Governor

California, lobbying, procurement

Assembly Bill 1200 has been sent to California Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill revises the definition of lobbyist to include Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Clinton Fundraising Leaves Little for State Parties” by Kenneth Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf for Politico “Cruz’s Faltering Campaign Continued on Next Page

Nassau County, NY Implements Disclosure Requirements

campaign finance, New York, procurement

Vendors and lobbyists are now required to disclose campaign contributions and affirm the disclosed contributions were made without the expectation Continued on Next Page

Kansas Legislature Completes Business for the Year; Adjourns Until June 1

Kansas, legislative sessions

The Kansas Legislature adjourned after passing a budget in the early hours of May 2, 2016. Lawmakers have been in Continued on Next Page

Executive Branch Lobbyists to Pay Increased Registration Fee in Kentucky

Kentucky, lobbying

Last week, Gov. Matt Bevin signed a revenue bill including changes for executive agency lobbyists. House Bill 80 contains a Continued on Next Page

Iowa General Assembly Adjourns

Iowa, legislative sessions

The 2016 session of the 87th General Assembly adjourned on Friday, April 29, 2016. The House and Senate have agreed Continued on Next Page

Washington AG to Clarify Campaign Disclosure Law

campaign finance, Washington

The Washington Attorney General’s Office has been asked to give an informal opinion as to whether initiative campaigns need to Continued on Next Page

Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

legislative sessions, Maine

The second regular session of the 127th Legislature adjourned sine die April 29, 2016. The statutory adjournment date was April Continued on Next Page

Alaska Legislature Remains in Session

Alaska, legislative sessions

With scheduled renovations to begin May 1 at the Alaska Capitol, lawmakers are moving to a new location before continuing Continued on Next Page

Pennsylvania Company Charged with Making Straw Donations

campaign finance, Pennsylvania

David Stewart, the head of a Pennsylvania construction business, pleaded guilty last week, on behalf of one of his businesses, Continued on Next Page

Redondo Beach, CA to Consider Campaign Finance Ordinance

California, campaign finance

Redondo Beach City Council will consider adopting an ordinance to reform local campaign finance rules. The proposed ordinance will include Continued on Next Page

Alabama Lawmaker Obtains Enough Signatures to Pursue Impeachment of Gov. Bentley

Alabama, ethics

Rep. Ed Henry has collected enough signatures to formally begin an impeachment investigation against Gov. Robert Bentley. Bentley has declined Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “Sanders Is Biggest Spender of 2016 So Far – Generating Millions for Consultants” by Matea Gold and Anu Continued on Next Page

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