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Archive for September, 2016

Chairman of Denver Board of Ethics Resigns

Colorado, ethics

Brian Spano, chairman of the Denver Board of Ethics, has resigned due to a potential conflict of interest. Spano is Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – September 30, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

See what’s happening in government relations this week in our News You Can Use Video Digest. Enjoy!  

New Mexico Special Session Called

legislative sessions, New Mexico

On September 29, 2016, Gov. Susana Martinez called a special session for September 30, 2016. The long-awaited proclamation will focus Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – September 30, 2016

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

National: Big Business Continues Trend Toward Political Transparency Center for Public Integrity – Dave Levinthal | Published: 9/28/2016 About one-in-10 of Continued on Next Page

California Bill Affecting State Contracts Signed into Law

California, government contracts

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill requiring persons submitting bids or proposals of $100,000 or more to state Continued on Next Page

Reno Set to Pass Lobbying Law

lobbying, Nevada

On September 28, the Reno, Nevada, City Council moved one step closer to creating a lobbying law for the city. Continued on Next Page

Court Rules New Hampshire Ballot Selfie Ban Unconstitutional

elections, New Hampshire

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a New Hampshire law banning “ballot selfies.” The 2014 law imposing Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying EU: “Lobbying to Face Greater Scrutiny in European Commission Proposals” by Jennnifer Rankin for The Guardian Campaign Finance “Democratic Continued on Next Page

Nassau County, NY Special Election to Fill County Legislator Seat

elections, legislative issues, Nassau County, New York, special elections

Nassau County Legislator Judith Jacobs passed away on September 13, 2016. Jacobs, the presiding officer of the county Legislature, was Continued on Next Page

Alabama Ban on PAC-to-PAC Transfers Upheld

Alabama, campaign finance

On September 27, 2016, a federal appeals court upheld the ban on transfers between political action committees, or PAC-to-PAC transfers. Continued on Next Page

Court Decision Concerning FEC Rule Limiting Disclosure for Certain Ads Stands

campaign finance, Federal Election Commission, political advertising

On September 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit let stand a previous decision upholding Continued on Next Page

Columbus, OH City Council Approves Emergency Legislation on Ethics

Columbus, ethics, gift law, Ohio

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther signed emergency legislation yesterday creating a City Council Ethics Policy. The ethics policy aligns with state Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Rhode Island: “Councilman’s Proposal to Reform Providence Lobbying Ordinance Hits Roadblock” by Dan McGowan for WPRI Campaign Finance Delaware: Continued on Next Page

Contribution Limits Lifted in Illinois Comptroller Race

campaign finance, elections, Illinois

Contribution limits have been lifted in the Illinois comptroller race between incumbent Leslie Munger and Democratic challenger Susana Mendoza after Continued on Next Page

Today Is National Voter Registration Day!

elections, State and Federal Communications

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Florida: “Homestead Developer Off the Hook for Accepting Illegal Contingency Fee” by Monique Madan for Miami Herald Tennessee: “Voucher Continued on Next Page

Voting is a Right and a Responsibility

elections, presidential elections, State and Federal Communications

Voting is one of the most basic civil actions Americans can take. Our ability to vote in an election is Continued on Next Page

We’re on Our Way to #SLGR16

Public Affairs Council, State and Federal Communications

Say hello to our team at the 2016 State and Local Government Relations Conference!   Follow the conference conversations on Continued on Next Page

Changes to Austin, Texas, Lobbying Law Effective June 1, 2017

Austin, lobbying, Texas

On September 22, an ordinance revising the lobbying law for the city of Austin, Texas, was approved by the City Continued on Next Page

Connecticut Lawmakers to Meet to Approve Deal with Helicopter Manufacturer

Connecticut, legislative sessions

Gov. Dannel Malloy has summoned lawmakers back into a special session beginning Wednesday, September 28, 2016, to approve a deal Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Former Ohio Lawmaker’s Case Shows Flaws in Campaign Finance Law Enforcement” by Deirdre Shesgreen for USA Today California: Continued on Next Page

The Akron Marathon / International Orthodox Christian Charity [IOCC] Race

Elizabeth Bartz, International Orthodox Christian Charities, IOCC, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications, Inc. is a mile marker sponsor for the Akron Marathon held on Saturday, September 24. The Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – September 23, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

See what’s happening in government relations this week with our Video Digest. Enjoy!  

FEC Names New Acting General Counsel

Federal Election Commission

On September 22, Lisa J. Stevenson was named acting general counsel for the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Stevenson is replacing Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – September 23, 2016

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

National: Gaming the Six-Week Election Day Bloomberg.com – Sasha Issenberg and Steven Yaccino | Published: 9/19/2016 By the constitutionally mandated first Continued on Next Page

Pennsylvania Governor Sets Tentative Date for Joint Legislative Session

legislative sessions, Pennsylvania

A joint legislative session is tentatively scheduled to begin September 28, 2016. During the session, lawmakers will focus on legislation Continued on Next Page

Iowa Special Election for Senate District 45

elections, Iowa, special elections

Gov. Terry Branstad has scheduled a special election for Iowa Senate District 45 on December 27, 2016. The special election Continued on Next Page

First Reports Under California’s New Lobbyist Reporting Requirements Due October 31

California, lobbying

The first reports under the Fair Political Practices Commission’s new amended reporting requirements for “other payments to influence legislative or Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Lobbying New York:”Uber Gets Creative in Lobbying for Expansion into Upstate NY” by Patrick Lohmann for NewYorkUpstate.com Campaign Finance “Sheldon Continued on Next Page

New York City Board Proposes New Campaign Finance Rules

campaign finance, New York, New York City

The New York City Campaign Finance Board has proposed several rule changes. Dependent on any amendment to the proposed rules, Continued on Next Page

NYC Campaign Finance Board Launches Interactive Contributions Map

campaign finance, New York, New York City

The New York City Campaign Finance Board has launched a new online tool to track individual contributions to participating 2017 Continued on Next Page

St. Louis, MO Campaign Finance Bill Approved in Committee

campaign finance, Missouri

St. Louis aldermen advanced Board Bill 53 out of committee on Tuesday, September 20. The bill would limit contributions to Continued on Next Page

Appeals Court Rules Against Ballot Measure in Miami-Dade County, FL

campaign finance, ethics, Florida, Miami-Dade County

With the court battle over for the time being, a ballot issue affecting campaign finance and ethics laws in Miami-Dade Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Special Session Adjourns

legislative sessions, West Virginia

West Virginia’s special session adjourned sine die on September 20, 2016. Lawmakers approved a bill allocating $85 million for flood Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Boehner Joins Influential K Street Firm” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call Massachusetts: “Business Lobby Holds New Sway on Continued on Next Page

Constitutional Amendment to Limit Campaign Contributions to Appear on Missouri Ballot

campaign finance, Missouri

With the Missouri Supreme Court denying an appeal of two lower court rulings, a constitutional amendment reinstating campaign contribution limits Continued on Next Page

Voter Suppression, Criminal Justice Reform, and Economic Opportunity Highlighted at Leading Policy Conference

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, State and Federal Communications

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend this year’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Tennessee: “Memphis Lawmaker Defends Decision to Accept Free Trip to Europe” by Jody Callaham for The Tennessean Campaign Finance Continued on Next Page

Iowa State Sen. Seng Loses Battle with Cancer

Iowa, legislative issues

State Sen. Joe Seng lost his battle with brain cancer on September 16, 2016. Seng was elected to represent District Continued on Next Page

Texas Ethics Commission Requests Funding for Future Litigation

ethics, Texas

Today, the Texas Ethics Commission will ask the Legislative Budget Board for an increase in appropriations to fund possible future Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Convenes Special Session

legislative sessions, West Virginia

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called a special legislative session that began September 18, 2016. The session is expected to run Continued on Next Page

Senate Confirms Judicial Nominees in Hawaii’s Third Special Legislative Session

Hawaii, legislative sessions

The Hawaii Senate convened a third special session last week to confirm two judicial appointments. The Senate confirmed one judicial Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Chaka Fattah’s K Street Friends Stand by Him” by Sean McMinn for Roll Call “Nonprofit Seeks to Crowdfund Lobbying” Continued on Next Page

Cleveland, OH to Consider Raising Minimum Wage in 2017 Special Election

Cleveland, Ohio, special elections

Cleveland City Council approved a proposal this week to put a minimum wage increase before the voters in a 2017 Continued on Next Page

FEC Unable to Agree on Policy Regarding Permissible Corporate Political Activity by U.S. Domestic Subsidiaries of Foreign Nationals

campaign finance, corporate contributions, FEC, independent expenditures

On September 15, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was unable to agree on a policy to clarify when and if Continued on Next Page

Missouri Legislature Holds Annual Veto Session

elections, legislative sessions, Missouri

The Missouri General Assembly held its annual veto session on Wednesday, September 14. Lawmakers were successful in overriding some of Continued on Next Page

Nevada Special Session Likely

legislative sessions, Nevada

Gov. Brian Sandoval plans to call a special legislative session in early October to approve an estimated $1.9 billion stadium Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – September 16, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

See what’s happening in government relations this week with our Video Digest. Enjoy!    

News You Can Use Digest – September 16, 2016

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

National: How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat New York Times – Anahad O’Connor | Published: 9/12/2016 In 1967, the Continued on Next Page

Alabama House District 79 Special General Election

Alabama, elections

The special general election for House District 79, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s seat, will be on November 29, 2016. Continued on Next Page

Michigan State Rep. Pettalia Passes Away

elections, legislative issues, Michigan

The state representative for the 106th District, Peter Pettalia, tragically passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Continued on Next Page

Tennessee General Assembly Adjourns Extraordinary Session

ethics, legislative sessions, Tennessee

The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned a three-day extraordinary session on Wednesday, September 14. Lawmakers repealed a drunken driving law threatening Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Special Session Likely

legislative sessions, West Virginia

West Virginia’s Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin plans to call a special legislative session next week to address funding for flood Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Changing of the Guard at Lobbying Powerhouse” by Megan Wilson for The Hill Campaign Finance “Judge Hints Could Remand Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat” by Anahad O’Connor for New York Times “Lobbying Registrations Are Down, Continued on Next Page

NDP Criticized as it Attempts to Change Alberta’s Campaign Finance Limits

Alberta, campaign finance, Canada

Opposition parties say legislative members in Alberta are attempting to rush through campaign finance changes to disproportionately benefit the New Continued on Next Page

New York Assembly Candidate’s Death May Create Vacancy

elections, legislative issues, New York

On September 9, 2016, New York Assemblyman Bill Nojay took his own life. Nojay was scheduled to appear in U.S. Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Michigan: “House Candidate Steve Marino Retracts Claims from Secret Recordings” by Paul Egan for Detroit Free Press New York: Continued on Next Page

One Tennessee Legislator Faces Expulsion and Another Resigns

ethics, legislative issues, Tennessee

The Tennessee General Assembly convened a special session this morning to fix the state’s drunken driving laws, but lawmakers may Continued on Next Page

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Former Texas Ethics Commissioner

ethics, Texas

On September 8, a 101-page sworn criminal complaint was filed against a former Texas Ethics Commissioner. Michael Quinn Sullivan filed Continued on Next Page

California’s FPPC Proposes Regulation Affecting Nonprofits

California, ethics, FPPC

On October 20, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will consider a proposed regulation to provide further direction on how Continued on Next Page

Direct Corporate Contributions a Future Possibility in South Dakota

campaign finance, corporate contributions, South Dakota

The South Dakota panel assembled by Secretary of State Shantel Krebs to review campaign finance laws showed support of a Continued on Next Page

Alabama Special Session Adjourns Sine Die

Alabama, legislative sessions

The first special session of 2016 adjourned sine die on September 7, 2016. Gov. Robert Bentley’s lottery proposal failed in Continued on Next Page

Alabama Ethics Commission Approves Advisory Opinion

Alabama, ethics, lobbying

On September 1, 2016, the Alabama Ethics Commission unanimously approved an opinion clarifying when a state employee may seek private Continued on Next Page

County Court Orders Miami-Dade Proposal Placed on November Ballot

campaign finance, Florida, Miami-Dade County

A judge has ordered a campaign finance ballot measure be placed on the ballot in November. After the County Commission Continued on Next Page

Broward County Hospital System Launches Website for Lobbyist Registration

Broward County, Florida, lobbying

Broward Health, the county’s hospital system, has implemented its decade-old lobbyist registration policy through a new website. The website contains Continued on Next Page

Special Election Set to Replace Resigning Kentucky Congressman

elections, Kentucky, special elections

A special election will be held on November 8, the same day as the general election, to fill the state’s Continued on Next Page

Missouri Judge Orders Special Election for House District 78

elections, Missouri, special elections

A judge has ordered a special election for House District 78 after a candidate lost the Democratic primary by roughly Continued on Next Page

Tennessee Governor Calls Special Legislative Session

legislative sessions, Tennessee

The Tennessee General Assembly convened a special session today, September 12. State lawmakers have been tasked with fixing the state’s Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbyists Prepare for Clinton Win” by Megan Wilson for The Hill Campaign Finance “Prolific Donor Trump, Often Skirted Rules, Continued on Next Page

See You on September 12!

Lobby Comply Blog, State and Federal Communications

Lobby Comply is taking a holiday break. We will be back on Monday, September 12. Enjoy your Labor Day holiday!

Group Files First Amendment Challenge Over Alabama Ethics Class

Alabama, ethics, lobbying

The Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit advocate for reforming marijuana laws, and the Institute for Justice filed Continued on Next Page

Maine’s Governor Will Not Resign

ethics, Maine

Gov. Paul LePage stated he would not be resigning over his alleged racist remarks and profanity-laced voicemail to Rep. Drew Continued on Next Page

Maine’s Ethics Commission Clarifies Contribution Exception

campaign finance, Maine

On August 31, 2016, the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices adopted a rule clarifying the “house party” exception Continued on Next Page

Most Trusted Online Publications on Government Relations Compliance

Compliance, NCSL, State and Federal Communications

We had an amazing experience at the 2016 NCSL Legislative Summit. Our team offered immediate, up-to-date knowledge to clients throughout Continued on Next Page

Celebrating Staff Anniversaries!

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

Each month at our staff meeting, Elizabeth acknowledges the employment anniversaries of the staff. In August we celebrated the following: Continued on Next Page

Ask the Experts!

Ask the Experts, ethics, lobbying

Q. My company has registered lobbyists and is a member of local and regional associations in numerous states. Are there any Continued on Next Page

See Us in Person!

Akron Roundtable, PLI, Public Affairs Council, State and Federal Communications

Here is our September/October calendar. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello! September 8-9   Practising Law Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – September 2, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

See what’s happening in government relations this week with our Video Digest. Enjoy!    

Missouri Audit Reveals Legislative Slush Fund for Lobbyist Meals

ethics, lobbying, Missouri, political contributions

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued a report Monday revealing a potentially illegal checking account used by legislators to collect Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – September 2, 2016

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

Federal: Addicted to Making Campaign Contributions? The Atlantic – Russell Berman | Published: 8/30/2016 U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders raised $231 million Continued on Next Page

Tempe, AZ Approves New Lobbying Law

Arizona, lobbying

On August 18, the city of Tempe, Arizona passed an ordinance creating a lobbying law. Ordinance No. O2016.46 creates a Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson Selects Rep. Gossage as Deputy Chief of Staff for External Operations

Arkansas, legislative issues

On August 30, 2016, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced state Rep. Bill Gossage as his deputy chief of staff for external Continued on Next Page

California’s Legislative Session Adjourns

California, ethics, legislative sessions, lobbying

On August 31, the California Legislature adjourned its regular session. Before adjourning, the Legislature sent several ethics bills to Gov. Continued on Next Page

Austin, Texas Campaign Finance Disclosure Amendments Take Effect

Austin, campaign finance, Texas

On September 1, new provisions in the city of Austin’s campaign finance laws take effect. Ordinance No. 20160623-020 increases disclosure Continued on Next Page

Countdown to Election Day 2016

elections, Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

Today marks 69 days until Election Day 2016. The end to this year’s election is almost here and we can Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Alabama: “Lawsuit Challenges Alabama Law Requiring Ethics Training for Lobbyists” by Joe Crowe for Newsmax Alabama: “More Lawmakers (and Continued on Next Page

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