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Archive for January, 2017

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump’s Trade Pick May Face Hurdle Over Past Lobbying for Brazil” by Bill Allison for Bloomberg.com “Trump Ethics Rules Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Gov. to Call February Special Session

budget bill, legislative issues, Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to issue a call this week to bring the Louisiana Legislature into a special session Continued on Next Page

Trump Signs Executive Order Over Weekend Concerning Ethics of Appointees

ethics, Federal Government

On January 28, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order mandating ethic commitments for executive branch appointees. Appointees are Continued on Next Page

Monday Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues

Campaign Finance Texas: “Under New Reality, Austin Council Members Can Raise Funds Year-Round” by Nolan Hicks for Austin American-Statesman Ethics Continued on Next Page

We’re Heading to The Advocacy Conference!

grassroots lobbying, Public Affairs Council, State and Federal Communications

Public Affairs Council Advocacy Conference, here we come! We can’t wait to see everyone. If you’ll be attending, come on Continued on Next Page

New Pennsylvania Treasurer Bans the Use of Placement Agents for Public Contracts

campaign finance, pay-to-play, Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth’s new treasurer, Joseph Torsella, banned the use middlemen to assist in connecting investment houses with public agencies. Torsella, Continued on Next Page

Corpus Christi Mayor Resigns Triggering May 6 Special Election

ethics, special elections, Texas

A special election has been set for May 6, 2017, to fill the vacant seat for the Mayor of Corpus Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – January 27, 2017

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!  

Special Election Dates Set for California’s 34th Congressional District

California, special elections

Gov. Jerry Brown announced special election dates to replace 34th Congressional District Rep. Xavier Becerra’s vacant seat after he was Continued on Next Page

Missouri Special Elections Scheduled

Missouri, special elections

Special elections have been scheduled for Missouri House District 50 and Senate District 28. Both elections are scheduled for August Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – January 27, 2017

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

National: Angry Democrats Study the Tea Party’s Playbook New York Times – Jonathan Martin | Published: 1/23/2017 Eight years after Republicans united after Continued on Next Page

Thursday Government Relations and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Florida: “Lee Clerk Wants Audit of County Lobby Logs” by Patricia Borns for The News-Press Pennsylvania: “Governor Fires Head Continued on Next Page

Special Election for Delaware Senate District 10

Delaware, special elections

A state Senate special election for the 10th District seat will be held on February 25, 2017. Democrat Bethany Hall-Long Continued on Next Page

Nebraska Senator, Facing Expulsion, Resigns from Legislature

ethics, legislative issues, Nebraska

After months of scandal, state Sen. Bill Kintner resigned from the Nebraska Legislature today. Kintner’s announcement comes just hours before Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbyists Expect Boom Times under Trump” by Megan Wilson for The Hill Campaign Finance “Condos, Donovan Tackle Campaign Finance Continued on Next Page

Cuomo Delivers State of New York Address

legislative issues, New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo tackled several issues at his recent State of the State Address. Cuomo acknowledged the corruption at all Continued on Next Page

Missouri Special Election Schedule

Missouri, special elections

On January 20, Gov. Jay Nixon announced the special election in House District 50 has been scheduled for August 8, Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Lawmakers Consider Bill to Repeal Initiated Measure 22

ethics, legislative sessions, South Dakota

A joint committee of the South Dakota Legislature voted Monday to send House Bill 1069 to a full chamber debate Continued on Next Page

Special Election Announced for Pennsylvania House District

ethics, Pennsylvania, special elections

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai announced a special election will be held March 21, 2017, to fill a vacancy Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Government Relations and Ethics News Roundup

ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying Alaska: “As Clock Ticked Toward Session, Alaska Lawmakers Turned to Lobbyists for Cash” by Nathaniel Herz for Alaska Dispatch Continued on Next Page

Special Election Announced for Virginia House of Delegates

elections, special elections, Virginia

A special election will be held on February 7, 2017, to fill the House of Delegates District 71 vacancy. The Continued on Next Page

Joint Committee Formed to Improve Vermont’s Campaign Finance Rules

campaign finance, Compliance, Vermont

Attorney General TJ Donovan and Sec. of State Jim Condos announced the creation of a joint Committee on Campaign Finance Continued on Next Page

Federal Bill Introduced Tying Ethics to State Administration of Federal Block Grant Programs

ethics, Federal Government, legislative issues

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee has introduced legislation requiring ethical guidelines be followed by states before those states be allowed to Continued on Next Page

Monday Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Companies Drafting Emergency Plans for Trump Tweets” by Megan Wilson and Melanie Zanona for The Hill Ethics “Intercepted Russian Continued on Next Page

Maryland Ethics and Transparency Bills Proposed

ethics, lobbying, Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan introduced several legislative acts to state lawmakers on January 19, 2017, including the Public Integrity Act, the Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – January 20, 2017

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

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

Denver City Council Delays Ethics Changes

Colorado, ethics, gift law

The Denver City Council was expected to accept ethics changes on January 17, but postponed the vote until February 21. Continued on Next Page

RI Bill Bans Lobbyists from Making Political Contributions to Lawmakers During First Six Months of a Session

campaign finance, Rhode Island

A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House earlier this month would prohibit lobbyists from making any political contribution to Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – January 20, 2017

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

      National: There Are Huge Holes in How the U.S. States Investigate Politicians’ Conflicts of Interest Washington Post Continued on Next Page

Thursday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “The Trump Lobbying Purge That Wasn’t” by Maggie Severns and Isaac Arnsdorf for Politico Colorado: “Denver City Council Committee Continued on Next Page

Ethics Bill Passes Missouri House

ethics, lobbying, lobbyist, Missouri

Ethics reform legislation passed the Missouri House Tuesday afternoon with wide bipartisan support. House Bill 60 would prohibit lobbyists and Continued on Next Page

Identification Badges Required for Alabama Lobbyists

Alabama, ethics, lobbying

According to a memorandum from the Alabama House Bill Clerk, lobbyists and state agency representatives will be issued identification badges. Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Senators Decide Not to Restrict Lobbyists

lobbying, lobbyist, South Dakota

The Senate Committee on Legislative Procedure decided to table consideration of a proposed new rule to ban lobbyists from the Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Michigan: “From Lawmaker to Lobbyist. Should the State Slow Down the Revolving Door?” by Craig Mauger and Ted Roelofs Continued on Next Page

The Cost of the Inauguration

Federal Government, inaugurations

President-Elect Trump’s Inauguration is estimated to cost around $200 million. The official events, including the swearing-in ceremony, security, and the Continued on Next Page

Los Angeles Addresses Political Contributions from Real Estate Developers

California, campaign finance, ethics, Los Angeles

Five City Council members recently asked the Los Angeles Ethics Commission to address the issue of real estate developers making Continued on Next Page

Maryland Delegates Back Campaign Funding Bills

campaign finance, legislative issues, Maryland

Del. Eric Luedtke is sponsoring a bill to allow the State Board of Elections to borrow dollars from the general Continued on Next Page

A Special Election will be Held Next Month for Connecticut General Assembly Openings

Connecticut, special elections

A special election will be held February 28, 2017, to fill General Assembly vacancies. Seats for Senate Districts 2 and Continued on Next Page

Corpus Christi Considering New Ethics Code Recommendations

contributions, ethics, legislative issues, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss new recommendations to the ethics code to further tighten rules Continued on Next Page

Proud to Celebrate King’s Legacy with the Akron Urban League!

Akron, Akron Urban League, Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, was excited to stand with the Akron community in celebrating the Continued on Next Page

Customize Your Online Compliance Publications from State and Federal Communications, Inc.

State and Federal Communications

The four subscription-based online compliance publications from State and Federal Communications provide accurate, comprehensive, and timely information on thousands of Continued on Next Page

Texas Legislators Push for Ethics Reform

ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, Texas

Legislators will attempt to pass a major ethics reform for the second time after their effort during the 2015 legislative Continued on Next Page

Several Ethics Bills Introduced in New Mexico

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, New Mexico

New Mexico lawmakers have recently introduced several ethics bills. House Bill 119 would make it unlawful for a state legislator Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “Corporations Open the Cash Spigot for Trump’s Inauguration” by Nicholas Fandos for New York Times New Mexico: “Leadership Continued on Next Page

Florida House Considering Constitutional Amendment to Prevent Revolving Door

ethics, Florida, lobbying, revolving door

A proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution seeks to slow the revolving door between public officials and lobbyists. Currently, members Continued on Next Page

Washington State Lawmakers Introduce Ethics Bills

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, Washington

Lawmakers in Washington have introduced two bills to enhance campaign finance disclosure and ethics laws. Senate Bill 5108 aims to Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Senators to Consider Measure to Restrict Lobbyists

legislative issues, lobbying, South Dakota

The Senate Committee on Legislative Procedure is considering a new rule to ban lobbyists from the chamber and adjacent hallways Continued on Next Page

Independent Ethics Commission Puts Municipalities on Notice In Battle Over Gift Rules

Colorado, ethics, gift law

The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission recently issued a position statement notifying home-rule municipalities of its intent to consider ethics complaints Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Special Session Likely

budget bill, legislative issues, Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Friday a special session of the legislature is likely necessary to remedy a Continued on Next Page

Monday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Florida: “NRA’s Influence with Florida Lawmakers Is Powerful” by Steve Bousquet (Tampa Times) for Bradenton Herald Campaign Finance “Trump Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – January 13, 2017

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative sessions, lobbying, special elections

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

Manitoba’s NDP Caucus Chair to Step Down

Canada, Manitoba

Rob Altemeyer, caucus chair for Manitoba’s New Democratic Party (NDP), will step down to focus more on issues within his Continued on Next Page

FEC Unable to Agree on Rulemaking Concerning Foreign Influence on Political Spending

campaign contributions, campaign finance, Federal Election Commission

On January 12, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was unable to agree on a policy to clarify when and if a Continued on Next Page

NY A.G. Schneiderman to Hold Off Enforcing Donor Disclosure Requirements

ethics, JCOPE, lobbying, New York

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.) and New York Civil Liberties Union (N.Y.C.L.U.), Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – January 13, 2017

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

National: Russian Hackers Find Ready Bullhorns in the Media New York Times – Max Fisher | Published: 1/8/2017 Reporters have always relied on Continued on Next Page

The Guidebooks Are on Their Way!

Compliance, State and Federal Communications

We are sending out the 2017 Compliance Laws Guidebook for Government Relations Professionals ™ today! Our clients rave about this Continued on Next Page

Lawmakers Challenge Authority of Montana Commissioner of Political Practices

ethics, Montana

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and Republican legislators say that rulings made by Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl in Continued on Next Page

Thursday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Connecticut: “CT’s Largest Lobbying Firms Led by Women” by Patricia Daddona for HartfordBusiness.com Florida: “Brevard County Commissioners Reject Lobbying Continued on Next Page

Bills Aim to Reduce Pay-To-Play Politics in D.C.

campaign finance, District of Columbia, legislative issues, lobbying, pay-to-play

On Tuesday, January 10, the D.C. Council introduced several bills aimed at limiting big donors’ influence and increasing transparency in Continued on Next Page

Missouri Ethics Bill Moves Through House

ethics, gift law, legislative issues, Missouri

A Missouri ethics bill, being fast-tracked through the House, cleared committee yesterday with just three dissenting votes. The bill would Continued on Next Page

Missouri Attorney General Issues New Ethics Policy

ethics, gift law, lobbying, Missouri

Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley implemented a new ethics policy on Tuesday, January 10. His employees are now prohibited from Continued on Next Page

Virginia Governor to Propose Campaign Finance and Voter ID Law Changes

campaign finance, legislative issues, Virginia

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced he will send the General Assembly a package of proposals aimed at campaign finance and voter Continued on Next Page

Supreme Court Issues Stay on Special Elections in North Carolina

North Carolina, special elections, U.S. Supreme Court

Yesterday, the U.S Supreme Court issued a temporary stay on a lower court order to hold special elections in November Continued on Next Page

Iowa Special Election House District 89

Iowa, special elections

Gov. Terry Branstad called a special election for House District 89. Democrat Jim Lykam resigned after winning the Senate District Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Colorado: “Denver Council Approves Gift-Report Rules That Require More Frequency, Better Access” by Jon Murray for Denver Post Campaign Continued on Next Page

Greitens Issues Executive Order Banning Lobbyist Gifts to Executive Branch Employees

ethics, lobbying, Missouri

Almost immediately upon being sworn in as Missouri governor, Eric Greitens issued an executive order banning lobbyist gifts to executive Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump Insiders Head for Big K Street Paydays” by Isaac Arnsdorf and Kenneth Vogel for Politico Indiana: “Tighter Rules Continued on Next Page

Political Contributions Compliance Laws for Government Relations Professionals

political contributions, State and Federal Communications

Political Contributions Compliance Laws for Government Relations Professionals, provides reference information on what political contribution activities are allowed, and not Continued on Next Page

Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Stays in Office Pending Determination by Court

ethics, Montana

The Montana First Judicial District Court issued an order to let Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathon Motl stay in office Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Panel Postpones Board of Elections Disbandment

elections, ethics, North Carolina

Last week, a panel of three judges granted Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for the state to temporarily refrain from overhauling Continued on Next Page

Walker Calls Wisconsin Legislature Into Special Session

legislative issues, special session, Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker called the Wisconsin Legislature into special session on Thursday, January 5.  The Legislature is currently in regular Continued on Next Page

Monday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump’s Twitter Feed Traumatizes Washington” by Eli Stoklos and Josh Dawsey for Politico Florida: “Taxpayers Will Keep Paying for Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – January 6, 2017

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!  

Canadian Compliance Laws for Government Relations Professionals

Canada, State and Federal Communications

Canadian Compliance Laws for Government Relations ProfessionalsTM, is for U.S.-based companies conducting or considering doing business in Canada; the United Continued on Next Page

Special Election Needed in Missouri House District 50

Missouri, special elections

Caleb Jones (R) will leave the state House District 50 seat vacant when he joins Governor-elect Eric Greitens (R) as Continued on Next Page

Six Candidates Compete for Montana Congressional Seat

elections, special elections

Six candidates are pursuing Montana’s seat in the House of Representatives after President-elect Trump recruited the current holder, Ryan Zinke Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – January 6, 2017

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

National: One Person, One Algorithm, One Vote: Campaigns are doing more with data, for better or worse Capital Times – Continued on Next Page

Denver City Council Amends Lobbying Ordinance

Denver, ethics, lobbying

Denver City Council approved a bill this week amending the city’s lobbying ordinance. Council Bill No. CB16-0920 narrows the definition Continued on Next Page

Procurement Lobbying Compliance Laws for Government Relations Professionals

procurement, State and Federal Communications

Procurement Lobbying Compliance Laws for Government Relations Professionals, focuses solely on corporate compliance related to procurement lobbying, and is of Continued on Next Page

Indiana Bill To Ban Gifts From Lobbyists

gift law, Indiana, legislative issues, lobbying

Sen. Mike Delph introduced a bill prohibiting Indiana legislators from accepting gifts from lobbyists. The gift ban would include any Continued on Next Page

Thursday Government Relations News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Florida: “Ron Book Is Big Winner in Local Government Lobbying Contracts” by Steve Bousquet for Miami Herald Indiana: “State Continued on Next Page

Cruz and DeSantis Propose Term Limit Constitutional Amendment

Federal Government, legislative issues, term limits

On January 3, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Maryland: “Interim City Solicitor Pays Rent to Powerful Lobbyist’s Firm” by Doug Donovan for Baltimore Sun Nevada: “Nevada High Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Challenges Redistricting Ruling

North Carolina, special elections

On Friday, North Carolina filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay on the federal Continued on Next Page

Maryland District 20 Seat Soon to be Vacant

elections, Maryland

The District 20 seat will soon be vacant when Congressman-elect James Raskin (D) transfers to Washington, D.C. and Delegate Will Continued on Next Page

Reno Lobbying Law Takes Effect

lobbying, Nevada

A new lobbying law took effect on January 1, 2017, requiring lobbyists to register with the city clerk, to inform Continued on Next Page

Trump Tweets Tumble House Ethics Change Proposal

ethics, Federal Government, U.S. House of Representatives

Following a rebuke in a series of tweets from President-elect Donald J. Trump and negative public reaction, the vote yesterday Continued on Next Page

2017 Begins with a New Lobbying Law for Rhode Island

ethics, lobbying, lobbyist, Rhode Island

On January 1, the Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act took effect. The Act repeals the lobbying laws in Title 22 Continued on Next Page

Effective January 1, Corporations Prohibited from Making Political Contributions in Ontario, Canada

campaign finance, Canada, Ontario

On January 1, the Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act took effect, prohibiting political contributions from corporations and labor unions Continued on Next Page

Amendments to Federal Gift Rules Effective January 1, 2017

ethics, Federal Government, gift law

On January 1, new changes to regulations concerning gifts for federal employees took effect. Among the changes the Office of Continued on Next Page

House to Vote to Change Congressional Ethics Office

ethics, Federal Government, U.S. House of Representatives

Today, the United States House of Representatives may vote to replace the Office of Congressional Ethics with a standing committee Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance Missouri: “Missouri Campaign Contribution Limits Remain in Place After Latest Hearing” by Kurt Erickson for St. Louis Post-Dispatch Continued on Next Page

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