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Archive for December, 2016

Judge Puts North Carolina’s Senate Bill 4 on Hold

ethics, legislative issues, North Carolina

Today, Governor-elect Roy Cooper filed a legal challenge against Senate Bill 4. Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens agreed Continued on Next Page

Best Wishes for the New Year!

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

As everyone prepares to celebrate the holiday, I would like to take this opportunity to offer a note of thanks. Continued on Next Page

Texas Ethics Commission Adopts New Lobbyist Registration Exception

ethics, lobbying, Texas

This month, the Texas Ethics Commission adopted a new rule adjusting the compensation and reimbursement threshold for lobbyists. The new Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – December 30, 2016

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

National: When One Party Has the Governor’s Mansion and the Other Has the Statehouse New York Times – Trip Gabriel | Published: 12/26/2016 Continued on Next Page

Businesses Sue Over Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2

campaign contributions, campaign finance, legislative issues, Missouri

Constitutional Amendment 2, a reform measure approved in November, is facing a second legal challenge in federal court from plaintiffs Continued on Next Page

Thursday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbying Is Not Enough to Build Influence Among U.S. Lawmakers” by Michael Gottlieb and Elise Gurney for Harvard Business Continued on Next Page

Michigan Lobbying Thresholds Updated for 2017

lobbying, Michigan

The Bureau of Elections adjusted lobbying reporting thresholds, fees and penalties for the new year. These annual adjustments reflect changes Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

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

Lobbying Missouri: “With Greitens’ Blessing, Lawmakers Aim for Lobbyist-Gift Ban” by Summer Ballentine (Associated Press) for Springfield News-Leader New York: Continued on Next Page

State and Federal Communications, Inc. Unveils 2017 Online Publications

State and Federal Communications

AKRON, OHIO – State and Federal Communications, Inc., the industry leader in government compliance information and consulting, is debuting its Continued on Next Page

Anne Arundel County MD Appoints New Ethics Commission Director

Advanced Learning Institute, ethics, Maryland

Michael Botsaris is the new executive director of the Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission. Botsaris replaces Betsy Dawson, who passed Continued on Next Page

Tuesday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Florida: “Shining a Light on Lobbyists, New Efforts to Curb Their Influence” by James Call for Tallahassee Democrat Illinois: Continued on Next Page

Happy Holidays!

State and Federal Communications

We have many things for which we are thankful at State and Federal Communications. Before the day gets away from Continued on Next Page

Wyoming State Representative Resigns

special elections, Wyoming

On December 21, Rep. Kendell Kroeker, a Republican from Evansville, announced his resignation from the Wyoming House of Representatives. Kroeker Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – December 23, 2016

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, State and Federal Communications

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

Lawsuit Seeks to Extend Montana Commissioner of Political Practices

ethics, Montana

On December 21, a lawsuit was filed to extend the appointment of the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices until June Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – December 23, 2016

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, News You Can Use

National: Suspected of Corruption at Home, Powerful Foreigners Find Refuge in U.S. Miami Herald – Kyra Gurney, Analji Tsui, David Continued on Next Page

Giving Back to Our Community This Holiday Season

Akron, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications is proud to work in Akron and we recognize our responsibility to reach out to the Continued on Next Page

Denver City Council to Consider Changes to Ethics Rules

Colorado, Denver, ethics

Denver City Council is one step closer to adopting amendments to the city ethics code. Proposed ethics reform would amend Continued on Next Page

Judge Rules South Dakota’s IM 22 Indivisible

campaign finance, lobbying, South Dakota

Circuit Judge Mark Barnett ruled yesterday that Initiated Measure 22 cannot be separated into different parts, issuing an order blocking Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Special Session Adjourns Without Repeal of ‘Bathroom Bill’

legislative issues, North Carolina

North Carolina lawmakers adjourned a special session yesterday without taking any action to repeal House Bill 2. The special session Continued on Next Page

Bond Hearing Set for Suspended South Carolina Representative

ethics, South Carolina

A bond hearing will be held this morning for suspended South Carolina state Rep. Jim Merrill. Merrill was indicted last Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “A Lobbying Roadmap to Influencing Trump” by Isaac Arnsdorf for Politico “Nuclear Weapon Firms Pay to Settle Illegal Lobbying Continued on Next Page

Wednesday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Louisiana: “Lobbyists Spent Nearly Half a Million Dollars to Woo Louisiana Legislators in 2016” by Elizabeth Crisp for New Continued on Next Page

We’re Decking the Halls

State and Federal Communications

Hey, take a look! We’ve been decorating for the holidays.

Another Special Session Called in North Carolina

legislative issues, North Carolina, special session

North Carolina lawmakers will meet Wednesday for their third special session this month. Gov. Pat McCrory announced he will call Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Activists Brace for Fight Over Campaign Finance Law” by Alex Roarty for Roll Call Arkansas: “Old Advice on Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Longtime Business Lobbyist Laments Loss of ‘Smoke-Filled Rooms’ in Washington” by Carl Hulse for New York Times Campaign Finance Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Bill to Merge Ethics and Elections Boards Becomes Law

elections, ethics, North Carolina

On Friday, December 16, Gov. Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 4 into law. Senate Bill 4 merges the State Board Continued on Next Page

Montana Increases Lobbyist Registration Threshold

lobbying, Montana

On December 16, the Commissioner of Political Practices’ proposed rule amendment increasing the threshold amount of payment triggering lobbyist and employer Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – December 16, 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 York City Council Passes Several Campaign Finance Bills

campaign finance, legislative issues, New York City

Several bills related to campaign finance were recently passed by the New York City Council. Int. No. 1345-A will prohibit Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Bill to Merge Ethics and Elections Boards Passes Senate

ethics, legislative issues, North Carolina

Yesterday, Senate Bill 4 passed in the North Carolina Senate with a 30-16 vote. Senate Bill 4 seeks to merge Continued on Next Page

New York Sued Over New Disclosure Laws

legislative issues, lobbying, New York

Minutes before midnight on December 12, 2016, Citizens Union (CU) filed a complaint against the State of New York alleging Continued on Next Page

Legal Challenge Filed Against California’s New Law on Publicly Funded Campaigns

California, campaign finance, legislative issues

On Monday, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and retired State Senator and Judge Quentin L. Kopp filed a lawsuit in Continued on Next Page

Portland, Oregon’s City Council Approves Public Campaign Financing Measure

campaign finance, elections

On December 14, Portland City Council voted 3-2 to pass the Open and Accountable Elections package to create a public Continued on Next Page

FCC Chairman Wheeler Announces Resignation

FCC, Federal Government

On December 15, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his resignation. Wheeler will leave office on January 20, Continued on Next Page

Surprise Special Session Called in North Carolina

ethics, North Carolina

Minutes after legislators finished work on a hurricane relief package in a two-day special session set by Gov. Pat McCrory, Continued on Next Page

Arguments Heard in Lawsuit Challenging MA Law Banning Corporate Contributions

campaign finance, Massachusetts, OCPF, political contributions

Oral arguments were heard last week in a 2015 lawsuit filed in Massachusetts Suffolk County Superior Court challenging state laws Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Elections “Stein Spent Nearly $1 Million of Recount Funds on Consultants, Staff, Admin Expenses” by Joe Schoffstall for The Washington Continued on Next Page

Wisconsin Ethics Commissioner Resigns Amid Agency Dysfunction

ethics, Wisconsin

Wisconsin state ethics commissioner Robert Kinney announced his resignation Monday. Kinney cited his disappointment in the agency as his reason Continued on Next Page

Wednesday News Roundup

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

Campaign Finance “Activists Brace for Fight Over Campaign Finance Law” by Alex Roarty for Roll Call Elections “Completed Wisconsin Recount Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Florida: “Dozens of Florida Political Committees Being Fueled by Millions in ‘Dark Money’” by Tia Mitchell for The Continued on Next Page

Kennedy Wins Louisiana Seat in U.S. Senate

elections, Louisiana, special elections, U.S. Senate

Republican candidate John Kennedy won a state run-off election on December 10 to fill Louisiana’s second seat in the U.S. Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Arizona: “What Ever Happened to The Investigations into Tom Horne?” by Yvonne Wingett Sanchez for Arizona Republic California: Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – December 9, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative sessions, lobbying

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

Palm Beach County School Board Enacts Lobbyist Registration Policy

ethics, lobbying

Individuals who lobby the Palm Beach County School Board or top school district administrators are now required to register and Continued on Next Page

South Dakota’s Initiated Measure 22 Put on Hold

campaign finance, lobbying, South Dakota

A South Dakota judge has issued a preliminary injunction on Initiated Measure 22. Initiated Measure 22 was approved by the Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – December 9, 2016

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

National: Gun Control Advocates Find a Deep-Pocketed Ally in Big Law New York Times – Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Ben Protess | Published: 12/7/2016 Continued on Next Page

Maryland to Modernize Procurement Laws

Maryland, procurement

Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford, as chair of the Commission to Modernize State Procurement, released a report outlining a Continued on Next Page

Alabama Ethics Commission Suspends Controversial Ethics Opinion

Alabama, ethics, lobbying

The Alabama Ethics Commission (AEC) has suspended the implementation of an advisory opinion released in September. The controversial opinion expanded Continued on Next Page

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Missouri Campaign Finance Changes

campaign finance, Missouri

The Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives filed suit Wednesday morning in federal district court challenging changes to campaign finance laws Continued on Next Page

Philadelphia Board of Ethics Approves Changes to Campaign Finance Regulation

campaign finance, ethics, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics passed changes to Regulation No. 1, the Board’s campaign finance rules. Among the changes, the Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Gun Control Advocates Find a Deep-Pocketed Ally in Big Law” by Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Ben Protess for The New Continued on Next Page

President-elect Trump Selects Gov. Branstad as Ambassador to China

Iowa

President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the ambassador to China. Branstad’s amiable relationship with Chinese Continued on Next Page

Additional Ethics Laws Take Effect Today in NH

ethics, gift law, New Hampshire

Today, a new chapter of New Hampshire’s ethics laws came into effect. Chapter 14-C of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes Continued on Next Page

Los Angeles County Sets Special Election

Los Angeles, special elections

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to hold a special election March 7, 2017, for voters Continued on Next Page

After Texting Ban in Florida House, Hillsborough County Commissioners May Follow Suit

lobbying, lobbyist

County commissioners approved a motion to research and draft a proposal to ban commissioners from receiving text messages from lobbyists Continued on Next Page

Alabama Special Election for House District 58

Alabama, special elections

A special election has been called to fill House Rep. Oliver Robinson’s District 58 seat. Robinson decided to retire so Continued on Next Page

Maine Ethics Commission Proposes Potential Legislation

campaign contributions, campaign finance, ethics, Maine

The staff of the Maine Ethics Commission (MEC) will propose legislation to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices Continued on Next Page

Wednesday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying California: “EBay Faces Fines from State Ethics Watchdog after Failing to Disclose Sacramento Lobbying on Time” by Patrick McGreevy Continued on Next Page

See Us in Person!

COGEL, NCSL, Ohio, WGR

Here is our December calendar. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello! December 6-9   NCSL Capitol Continued on Next Page

It is Going to Be a New Era in Compliance

Compliance, Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

One of the most important facets of any professional in the government relations field is knowing what you can, and Continued on Next Page

Special Session a Reality for Minnesota?

legislative sessions, Minnesota, special session

After months of taunting the public, a special session may happen in late December. Recently, four Minnesota legislative caucus leaders Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “FEC Asks Congress for Authority to Battle Shady PACs” by Kenneth P. Doyle for Bloomberg.com New York: “Council Continued on Next Page

Gov. McCrory Concedes North Carolina Governor’s Race

elections, North Carolina

Nearly a month after Election Day, Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the governor’s race today in a video message posted to Continued on Next Page

Washington’s Session Freeze on Contributions Begins December 10

campaign finance, contributions, legislative sessions, Washington

The regular legislative session is fast approaching and is set to convene January 9, 2017. With 30 days before the Continued on Next Page

Ethics Oversight on Agenda for 2017 New Mexico Session

ethics, legislative issues, New Mexico

New Mexico State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto revealed a draft of the Public Accountability Act (PAA) at a recent legislative meeting. Continued on Next Page

Portland City Council to Consider Campaign Finance Ordinance

campaign finance, elections, Oregon, Portland

On December 7, Portland City Council will consider the proposed Open and Accountable Elections package to create a public campaign Continued on Next Page

Akron Councilman Indicted on Conflict of Interest Charges

Akron, conflict of interest, Ohio

The Summit County grand jury indicted Akron Councilman Bob Hoch on three first-degree misdemeanor charges. Hoch was accused more than Continued on Next Page

Special Session Called for North Carolina

North Carolina, special session

Gov. Pat McCrory announced December 13 as the date for a special session to address Hurricane Matthew relief. The state Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Florida: “Corcoran Offers Lobbyist ‘Training’ to Adjust to New Legislative Limitations” by Allison Nielson for Sunshine State News West Continued on Next Page

First Hearing Set in Court Challenge Against South Dakota’s Initiated Measure 22

campaign finance, ethics, gift law, lobbying, South Dakota

The lawsuit filed in state court to block the government ethics overhaul recently approved by voters will have its first Continued on Next Page

Special Election Likely for California’s 34th Congressional District

California, elections, ethics

Gov. Jerry Brown has selected 34th Congressional District Rep. Xavier Becerra to be the next attorney general of California. The Continued on Next Page

Alberta Legislative Assembly Considers Amending Campaign Finance Limits

Alberta, campaign finance, Canada

The NDP government in Alberta introduced legislation to limit what individuals can donate to political campaigns and limit the amount Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – December 2, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative sessions, lobbying

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

U.S. Sen. Cruz Introduces SuperPAC Elimination Act of 2017

campaign finance, Federal Government

On November 30, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows introduced bills allowing unlimited contributions to candidates from Continued on Next Page

Florida House Offers Training Sessions for New Rules Affecting Lobbyists

ethics, Florida, lobbying

The Florida House is offering training sessions to assist lobbyists in getting to know the new House Rules adopted last Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Ethics Commission Proposes Changes to Lobbyist Filing Dates

lobbying, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission recently approved a proposed rule amendment regarding due dates for lobbyist registration and reporting. The intent Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – December 2, 2016

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

    National: Donald Trump’s Early Backers in State Government May See Rewards New York Times – Monica Davey | Continued on Next Page

Ontario Passes Campaign Finance Reform Bill

campaign contributions, campaign finance, Canada, pay-to-play

The Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act was passed by the Legislative Assembly on December 1, 2016. It was introduced Continued on Next Page

Special Election for Minnesota House District 32B Scheduled for February 14, 2017

elections, Minnesota, special elections

A special election for House District 32B will be held on Feb. 14, 2017. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Republican Continued on Next Page

Virginia Gov. Sets Special Election Date

elections, special elections, Virginia

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has set a special election date to replace members of the General Assembly who were elected to Continued on Next Page

Court Orders 2017 Special Election for NC General Assembly Seats

elections, North Carolina, special elections

A federal appeals court ruled North Carolina must hold special elections in November 2017 for General Assembly seats in unconstitutionally Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Wave of Lobbyist Deregistrations in Trump Orbit After Announcement of New Policy” by Catherine Ho for The Washington Post Continued on Next Page

Chairman of JCOPE Steps Down

ethics, JCOPE, New York

On November 29, 2016, Daniel Horwitz’s departure as the chairman of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics Continued on Next Page

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