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Florida’s Broward Health System Implementing Lobbyist Registration Policy

Broward County, Florida, lobbying

Broward Health, the county’s hospital system, is currently creating an online lobbyist registration system to coincide with its recently discovered Continued on Next Page

Houston, TX Updates Campaign Finance Code

campaign finance, Houston, Texas

On June 28, the Houston City Council passed an ordinance updating its campaign finance law by delineating clear periods of Continued on Next Page

Congratulations to Dave McPeek!

State and Federal Communications

Today, we celebrated IT Business and Operations Analyst Dave McPeek’s 10-year anniversary at State and Federal Communications! We started with Continued on Next Page

We’re Celebrating an Anniversary!

State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications is marking 23 extraordinary years of serving our clients! We have so much to celebrate this Continued on Next Page

Former Virginia Governor’s Conviction Thrown Out By Supreme Court

ethics, Virginia

This week the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, who was convicted on ethics Continued on Next Page

New York Lobbying Groups May Face Increased Disclosure

campaign finance, lobbying, New York

Under Senate Bill 8160, charities donating to state lobbying nonprofits could be subject to new disclosure requirements. If signed into Continued on Next Page

Albany County, NY Ethics Commission Names New Chair

elections, ethics, New York

During their first fully-staffed meeting in nearly five years, the county Ethics Commission named Shari Calnero as chair. Moving forward, Continued on Next Page

Orange County, CA Starts to Lay Groundwork for Ethics Commission

California, ethics, Orange County

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a first reading of an ordinance to establish a county ethics commission. The Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Massachusetts: “Uber Proves Profitable for at Least One Group – Lobbyists” by Jim O’Sullivan for Boston Globe Campaign Finance “Pro-Hillary Continued on Next Page

D.C. Council Addresses Procurement Reforms

District of Columbia, pay-to-play, procurement

The D.C. Council has preliminarily approved a bill that will bring more transparency and accountability to the government procurement process. Continued on Next Page

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Challenge to Delaware Elections Law

campaign finance, Delaware, elections, political advertising

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Elections Disclosure Act. The lower court ruled requiring third-party Continued on Next Page

State and Federal Communications Giving Back: Mitzvah Day and Project Linus

Akron, State and Federal Communications

One of the benefits of working for State and Federal Communications is the availability of Charitable Service Hours. These hours Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “House Democrats Face Ethics Complaints for Fundraising Off Sit-In” by Paul Singer for USA Today “Soft Money Ban Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Gov. Calls Special Session

legislative sessions, Mississippi

Gov. Phil Bryant has called a special session for June 28, 2016. The Governor is asking lawmakers to give him Continued on Next Page

Kansas Special Session Comes to a Close

Kansas, legislative sessions

The Legislature’s special session has come to an end after lawmakers reached an agreement on school finance. After meeting for Continued on Next Page

Rebecca South Receives ‘2016 Distinguished Member Award’ from WGR

State and Federal Communications, WGR

Rebecca South, Federal Compliance Associate at State and Federal Communications, has been selected by Women in Government Relations (WGR) as Continued on Next Page

CA Governor to Support PUC Ethics Reforms

California, ethics, lobbying

Gov. Jerry Brown has announced his support of sweeping reforms to the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The overhaul comes Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, redistricting

Lobbying California: “Sweeping Public Utilities Commission Changes Announced” by Jeremy White for Sacramento Bee Campaign Finance “Report: It’s harder to Continued on Next Page

New Hampshire One-Day Session Adjourned

legislative sessions, New Hampshire

On June 16, the New Hampshire Legislature held a special one-day session to address the efforts of state and local Continued on Next Page

Rhode Island General Assembly Recessed

legislative sessions, Rhode Island

The General Assembly concluded its session and recessed on June 18. Any bills submitted to Gov. Gina Raimondo must be Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Legislature Adjourns Special Session

legislative sessions, Louisiana

On June 23, the special session of the Louisiana Legislature adjourned. The governor wanted $600 million to address the state’s Continued on Next Page

Boulder, CO Updates Campaign Finance Rules

campaign finance, Colorado

Boulder City Council has adopted two new ordinances creating a new municipal election code and updating campaign finance rules. The Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Gov. Considers Calling Special Session

legislative sessions, Mississippi

A special session could be looming in Mississippi as the state continues to deal with budget woes. Gov. Phil Bryant Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Rhode Island: “Raimondo Signs Bills on Lobbying, Insurance for Off-Label Drug Use, Teaching of Holocaust” by Jennifer Bogdan for Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – June 24, 2016

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

National: Courts, Judges Become Top Political Targets in 2016 Elections Kansas City Star – Dave Helling | Published: 6/17/2016 Experts say Continued on Next Page

Manitoba Sets 2016 Calendar

Canada, legislative sessions

The first session of the 41st Legislature will adjourn for summer recess on June 30. They will return to session Continued on Next Page

Meet the Interns! 2016 – Sophia Avouris

internship, State and Federal Communications

Sophia Avouris is a sophomore at Kent State University majoring in political science with a minor in public relations. She Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying California: “California Political Watchdog Targets ‘Shadow Lobbyists’” by Taryn Luna for Sacramento Bee Maryland: “Here Are the Top Lobbyists Continued on Next Page

Portland, Oregon to Reconsider Ethics Reforms

ethics, Oregon, Portland

Today the Portland City Council is scheduled to reconsider adopting new ethics reform measures to broaden the revolving door prohibition Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “Donald Trump Starts Summer Push with Crippling Money Deficit” by Nicholas Confessore and Rachel Shorey for New York Continued on Next Page

New York Governor, Legislature Announce Five-Point Ethics Reform Plan

ethics, New York

In an end-of-session bipartisan push, the Legislature and governor have come to agreement on ethics reform measures. Their five-point plan Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Oklahoma: “Legislators, State Officials Accept More Gifts from Interest Groups” by Trevor Brown for Oklahoma Watch Campaign Finance “Wall Continued on Next Page

New York Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

ethics, New York

The Assembly adjourned early on Saturday, June 18, two days later than scheduled. In light of corruption convictions for former Continued on Next Page

Alaska Legislature Adjourns; Governor Calls for Another Special Session

Alaska, legislative sessions

On June 19, the Alaska Legislature adjourned its fourth special session. The Legislature failed to pass revenue measures the special Continued on Next Page

New Ethics Rules Take Effect in Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County, ethics, Ohio

The Cuyahoga County Council recently updated the county’s code of ethics to clarify the ethical rights, responsibilities, and prohibitions applicable Continued on Next Page

Alabama Special Election Called to Fill Hubbard Vacancy

Alabama, special elections

Gov. Robert Bentley called a special election to fill the vacant seat in the House of Representatives for District 79. Continued on Next Page

Detroit, MI Demolition Contracts Subject to Council Vote

elections, Michigan

The City Council will begin voting next week on existing city-funded demolition contracts worth over $25,000. Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying New York: “Lawyer Tapped as Board of Elections Commissioner Refuses to Give Up Lobbying, Raising Conflict of Interest Concerns” Continued on Next Page

Veto Session Scheduled for Next Week in Connecticut; No Overrides Expected

Connecticut, legislative sessions

A veto session is scheduled to convene next week; however, lawmakers in the Senate have already decided not to challenge Continued on Next Page

New York Legislature Returns to Review Ethics Reform Initiative

ethics, New York

The Legislature was scheduled to adjourn Thursday, but will instead return Friday in an effort to reach final agreement on Continued on Next Page

New York Lawmakers Call for Overturn of Citizens United

Citizens United, New York

A bipartisan majority of lawmakers is calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution overturning the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision Continued on Next Page

Special Session Possible in North Dakota

legislative sessions, North Dakota

A special legislative session may be necessary to solve North Dakota’s budget issues. The Office of Management and Budget says Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Secretary of State Announces Full Review of Campaign Finance Laws

campaign finance, South Dakota

The Secretary of State announced the commencement of a full review of South Dakota’s campaign finance laws. The review comes Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – June 17, 2016

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

Federal: A New Phase for Trump’s Media War The Hill – Niall Stanage | Published: 6/15/2016 Media coverage of Donald Trump Continued on Next Page

South Carolina Legislature Passes Two Ethics Bills

campaign finance, ethics, South Carolina

South Carolina legislators sent two ethics bills to Gov. Nikki Haley yesterday. One bill requires officeholders to report private sources Continued on Next Page

Executive Director of Honolulu, HI Ethics Commission Resigns

ethics, Hawaii, Honolulu

Chuck Totto, executive director of the Honolulu Ethics Commission, resigned effective immediately. Totto acknowledged some commissioners do not trust him Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “House Votes to Protect ‘Dark Money’ Political Donors” by David Morgan for Reuters Arizona: “FBI Questions Former Utility Continued on Next Page

Meet the Interns! 2016 — Tony Didion

internship, State and Federal Communications

Tony Didion is a senior at Kent State University majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing. He will graduate Continued on Next Page

RI Gov. Signs Lobbying Reform Act into Law

lobbying, Rhode Island

On June 13, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Marie Raimondo signed two bills into law changing the state’s lobbying laws. Senate Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Adjourns Special Session

legislative sessions, West Virginia

On June 14, the West Virginia Legislature adjourned sine die after passing a budget bill. This is the second budget Continued on Next Page

FEC Dismisses Complaints Over Foreign Contributions in North Dakota

campaign finance, Federal Election Commission, North Dakota, political contributions

Earlier this month, the Federal Election Commission dismissed complaints against two North Dakota Republican leaders regarding foreign campaign contributions received Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying New York: “Complaint Charges Unregistered Lobbying for Daily Fantasy Sports” by Chris Bragg for Albany Times Union Ethics “Common Continued on Next Page

Meet the Interns! 2016 – Clémence Besnard

internship, State and Federal Communications

Clémence Besnard is a French exchange student who has been attending the University of Akron since January 2015. She is Continued on Next Page

CA Voters to Weigh In on ‘Citizens United’ Ballot Question

California, Citizens United, elections

California’s Senate Bill 254 became law without the governor’s signature on June 9, 2016. The measure will place a ballot Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Brussels Lobbying Not Transparent Enough, Admit Lobbyists” by Chris Harris for euronews Campaign Finance New Jersey: “Another Birdsall Executive Continued on Next Page

We’re Heading to the 2016 National Grassroots Conference!

Elizabeth Bartz, grassroots lobbying, Public Affairs Council, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications is excited to be a sponsor of the 2016 National Grassroots Conference next week. We  believe Continued on Next Page

Meet the Interns! 2016 – Brittany Anderson

internship, State and Federal Communications

Brittany Anderson is a public relations major with a minor in marketing at Kent State University. She plans on graduating Continued on Next Page

Alabama House Speaker Convicted on 12 Ethics Charges

Alabama, ethics

On June 10, House Speaker Mike Hubbard was found guilty on 12 counts of public corruption. The charges were premised Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying California: “Carl Kemp, Long Beach Lobbyist and Former Council Candidate, Charged with Failing to File Taxes” by Greg Yee Continued on Next Page

State and Federal Communications Sponsors CASA Art Auction

#artypartyakron, Akron, CASA, State and Federal Communications

We had a great time at the 2nd annual #artypartyakron hosted by the Summit County CASA/GAL Volunteer Board. This juried Continued on Next Page

Michigan Legislature Adjourns for Summer Break

legislative sessions, Michigan

The Legislature has adjourned until July 13, 2016. Lobbying, ethics, and campaign finance were not matters of primary focus during Continued on Next Page

Administrator Sought for Wisconsin’s New Ethics Commission

ethics, Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s new Ethics Commission will begin its work on June 30. It is one of two commissions created to replace Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – June 10, 2016

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

National: Study: Ordinary people struggle to use many state campaign finance websites StateScoop – Alex Koma | Published: 5/31/2016 The Campaign Continued on Next Page

Vermont Lawmakers Return for a One-Day Veto Session

legislative sessions, Vermont

The General Assembly convenes today, June 9, 2016, for a one-day veto session. Gov. Peter Shumlin vetoed Senate Bill 230, Continued on Next Page

Maine Gov. to Call Special Session

legislative sessions, Maine

Gov. Paul LePage stated he is going to call the Legislature back for a special session this summer. LePage said Continued on Next Page

Kansas Governor Sets Special Session Date

Kansas, legislative sessions

Gov. Sam Brownback has set the date for the Legislature to return for a special session. Lawmakers will return on Continued on Next Page

New York Governor Pushes for PAC Reforms

ethics, New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has outlined another bill to supplement his ethics reform agenda. If passed, the new bill would create Continued on Next Page

New York Senator Seeks Transparency in LLC Contributions

New York, political contributions

Sen. Patrick Gallivan has introduced a bill to increase transparency when corporations contribute through limited liability companies (LLCs). Under the Continued on Next Page

A Tribute to Women Presidential Candidates

elections

American history is full of brave, bold, and courageous women. Below is a list of some of the women who Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Ohio: “Lobbyist John Raphael Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison” by Lucas Sullivan for Columbus Dispatch Rhode Island: Continued on Next Page

St. Louis, MO Considering a Limit on Political Contributions

campaign finance, Missouri, political contributions

St. Louis Alderman Scott Ogilvie recently introduced legislation to limit campaign contributions to local candidates. Board Bill No. 53 prohibits Continued on Next Page

Rhode Island General Assembly Passes Lobbying Reform Act

lobbying, Rhode Island

On June 7, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed two bills changing the state’s lobbying laws. Senate Bill 2361 and Continued on Next Page

Five Citizen’s Initiatives to Hit Maine’s November Ballot

campaign finance, elections, Maine

A record five citizen’s initiatives are set to hit the November ballot. If all five initiatives pass, ranked-choice voting would Continued on Next Page

Virginia Senate District 5 Special Election Dates Announced

special elections, Virginia

A special election will be held on November 8 to fill a vacancy in the state Senate. Sen. Kenny Alexander Continued on Next Page

Meet the Interns! 2016

internship, State and Federal Communications

We are welcoming eight interns for our summer internship program here at State and Federal Communications! The program is designed Continued on Next Page

FPPC to Amend Lobbyist Regulation

California, FPPC, lobbyist

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will consider a proposed regulation to further clarify the definition of “lobbyist” at a Continued on Next Page

Orange County Voters Approve County Ethics Commission

California, ethics, Orange County

On June 7, Orange County voters approved Measure A to create a county ethics commission. The measure amends the County’s Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues

Campaign Finance “FEC Republicans Explain Dropping Gingrich, Murray Cases” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA California: “Ex-California Lawmaker Tom Calderon Continued on Next Page

Amid Mounting Pressure, Kansas Governor to Call Special Session

Kansas, legislative sessions

Gov. Sam Brownback announced a special session of the Legislature will take place to avoid closure of the state’s public Continued on Next Page

Ohio Voters to Fill Boehner’s Seat

elections, Ohio

Voters in six Ohio counties will decide today who will fill the congressional seat left vacant by former House Speaker Continued on Next Page

Honolulu Departments and Agencies Relocating

Hawaii, Honolulu

Several Honolulu departments and agencies will soon be moving into the recently renovated Kapalama Hale, a 55,000 square-foot building formerly Continued on Next Page

Legislation We Are Tracking

legislative issues, State and Federal Communications

At any given time, more than 1,000 legislative bills, which can affect how you do business as a government affairs Continued on Next Page

Jurisdiction Added to our Website

campaign finance, ethics, Hawaii, legislative issues, lobbying, State and Federal Communications

The number of municipalities and regional governments our research associates track continues to grow. We now cover almost 300 municipalities Continued on Next Page

CA Lobbying Reform Bill Sent to Senate

California, lobbying

On June 2, the California Assembly passed AB 2002. The bill requires consultants lobbying the California Coastal Commission to register Continued on Next Page

New Hampshire Special Session on June 16

legislative sessions, New Hampshire

On June 16, the New Hampshire Legislature will hold a special session to address state and local law enforcements’ efforts Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Legislature Adjourns Regular Session and Begins Special Session

legislative sessions, Louisiana

The 2016 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature adjourned sine die on June 6, 2016. Upon transmittal of a bill, Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Florida: “Bryant Miller Olive Appeals $50 Fine – and Loses” by Jim Rosica for Florida Politics Campaign Finance “Study: Continued on Next Page

See Us in Person!

BIO, NGA, Public Affairs Council, State and Federal Communications

Here is our June/July calendar. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello! June 6-9   2016 Continued on Next Page

Ask the Experts – The Umbrella Exemption

Ask the Experts, lobbying

Q. When I talk to state officials, I’m always with my registered contract lobbyists. That means I’m exempt from registering, Continued on Next Page

Recognition from DiversityBusiness.com during 2016 Awards Ceremony in New York City

Diversity Business Award, Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

Last month I was honored to be included in the 16th Annual National Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by DiversityBusiness.com in New Continued on Next Page

Kern County, CA to Implement New Electronic Campaign Finance Reporting System

California, campaign finance, electronic filing

In California, the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with NetFile Inc. to create a new electronic filing Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

elections, ethics

Ethics Maryland: “Mosby’s Newfound Popularity Made Her a Sought-After National Speaker in 2015” by Justin Fenton for Baltimore Sun Michigan: Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Special Session Drags On

legislative sessions, West Virginia

The West Virginia Legislature passed a budget bill Thursday that is being sent to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk. Upon Continued on Next Page

CA Campaign Contribution Bill Passes Assembly

California, campaign finance

The California Assembly passed AB 2523 on Thursday. The bill would limit campaign contributions to $4,200 in local governments that Continued on Next Page

Texas Ethics Commission Adopts Rules Changing Some Lobbying Regulations

ethics, lobbying, Texas

On June 22, lobbyists in Texas will be required to include previously excluded types of compensation when reporting lobbyist activity. Continued on Next Page

Mountain View, CA Considers New Campaign Finance Ordinance

California, campaign finance

Mountain View City Council approved the introduction of new campaign finance rules aimed at increasing transparency. The ordinance establishes an Continued on Next Page

South Carolina Legislature Adjourns Second Regular Session

legislative sessions, South Carolina

The second regular session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly adjourned Thursday, June 2. The Legislature is expected to Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – June 3, 2016

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

Federal: Are Members of Congress Overpaid? The Atlantic – Nora Kelly | Published: 6/2/2016 Seventy-eight percent of the American public disapproves Continued on Next Page

New Hampshire Legislature in Recess Adjournment

legislative sessions, New Hampshire

On June 1, the New Hampshire Legislature adjourned its final full day in session. Recessed until the next call of Continued on Next Page

Maryland Legislative Lobbyist Appointed to Highest Court

lobbyist, Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed his top legislative lobbyist, Joseph M. Getty, to the Court of Appeals. Getty has extensive Continued on Next Page

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