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Archive for February, 2017

New Jersey Appellate Court Upholds Agency Enforcement of State Pay-to-play Law

New Jersey, pay-to-play

The state Appellate Division recently upheld two state agency decisions related to contractor pay-to-play violations. Della Pello Paving, Inc. lost Continued on Next Page

Virginia General Assembly Adjourns 2017 Regular Session

budget bill, legislative sessions, Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned the 2017 regular session sine die on Saturday, February 25. A major focus of the Continued on Next Page

Ohio Secretary of State Raises Campaign Contribution Limits

campaign finance, Ohio, political action committee, political contributions

The Ohio Secretary of State Campaign Finance Division recently released revised contribution limits. The new limits are effective February 25, Continued on Next Page

West Virginia House Passes Ethics Bill

ethics, legislative issues, West Virginia

On February 27, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 2001 requiring companies and consultants with state contracts Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “U.S. Top Court Rejects Challenge to Political Ad Disclosure Rules” by Andrew Chung (Reuters) for U.S. News & Continued on Next Page

Supreme Court Affirms, Without Written Opinion, Lower Court’s Ruling Regarding Campaign Finance Disclosure

campaign finance, FEC, U.S. Supreme Court

Today, the United States Supreme Court affirmed electioneering communication disclosure requirements under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA). In Independence Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Billionaires and Corporations Helped Fund Donald Trump’s Transition” by Carrie Levine for Center for Public Integrity Canada: “Lobbying Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – February 24, 2017

campaign finance, elections, legislative sessions, lobbying

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

Canada: Five By-Elections on April 3 Called for House of Commons

Canada, special elections

On April 3, five by-elections will be held for the Canadian House of Commons. On February 22, Prime Minister Justin Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – February 24, 2017

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

      Federal: Flynn Departure Erupts into a Full-Blown Crisis for the Trump White House Washington Post – Karen Continued on Next Page

Independent Ethics Commission Bill A Possibility in New Mexico

ethics, legislative issues, New Mexico

A bill creating an independent ethics commission is advancing through the New Mexico legislature. House Joint Resolution 8 (HJR 8) Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Legislature Adjourns Special Legislative Session

budget bill, Louisiana, special session

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned a special legislative session on Wednesday, February 22, after approving a deal to close the state’s Continued on Next Page

FEC Commissioner Ravel Resigns Effective March 1

FEC

On March 1, Commissioner Ann M. Ravel will resign from the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In her February 19 resignation Continued on Next Page

Austin City Council Exempts Itself From Ethics Review

Austin, ethics, Texas

This month, the Austin City Council unanimously voted to exempt City Council and their staff from being subject to punishment Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying California: “Penalty for Lobbyist – But Not Politicians – After $51,000 Birthday Party” by Emily Alpert Reyes for Los Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Governor Calls Special Election for House District 75

Oklahoma, special elections

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin scheduled a special election to fill the upcoming vacancy in House District 75. Rep. Dan Kirby Continued on Next Page

Special Election for Michigan’s First House District Called

Michigan, special elections

State Rep. Brian Banks resigned as part of a plea deal related to charges involving fraudulent pay stubs. To fill Continued on Next Page

Appeals Court Upholds Provisions of Senate Bill 571

campaign finance, Michigan, political action committee

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed a U.S District Court’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Lawmakers to Consider Ethics Bills Ahead of Crossover Deadline

ethics, legislative issues, legislative sessions, South Dakota

Thursday, February 23, is South Dakota’s crossover day, which is the final day for lawmakers to pass bills out of Continued on Next Page

Kentucky Senate Passes Bill to Double Contribution Limits

campaign contributions, campaign finance, legislative issues

A bill to raise the limit on what individuals may contribute to campaigns has passed the Kentucky Senate. Senate Bill Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Arizona: “Lobbyist Pushes Arizona School-Choice Bill That Could Benefit His Family” by Yvonne Wingett and Rob O’Dell for Arizona Continued on Next Page

Stories on the Business of Compliance…A Brief History of Lobbying and Lobbyists

lobbying

With this issue of LobbyComply, State and Federal Communications would like to introduce a new guest columnist, Washington D.C.-based Gabrielle Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, procurement

Campaign Finance ‘Soft Money’ Case a Test for Trump, Supreme Court by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA Missouri: Amid Greitens Continued on Next Page

South Carolina Special Elections to be Held June 20

South Carolina, special elections

Special elections will be held on June 20, 2017, to fill vacancies in South Carolina state House Districts 48 and Continued on Next Page

South Carolina Lawmaker Resigns from State House to Run for U.S. Congress

South Carolina, special elections

State Rep. Ralph Norman resigned his seat last week to focus on his campaign for U.S. House. The move puts Continued on Next Page

Missouri Lawmakers Want Future Governors to Disclose Details of Inaugural Contributions

contributions, inaugurations, legislative issues, Missouri

Missouri House Democrats have introduced a bill to require future governors to publicly disclose donations for gubernatorial inauguration activities. Lawmakers Continued on Next Page

Vancouver, British Columbia Councilmember to Request Lobbyist Registry

British Columbia, Canada, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

On February 21, Vancouver, British Columbia, City Councilmember Andrea Reimer intends to request the Council consider a city lobbyist registry. Continued on Next Page

New Brunswick Assembly Adjourns Until March 14

Canada, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, New Brunswick

The Third Session of the 58th Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick adjourned on February 17. The legislature next meets on Continued on Next Page

Hawaii Lawmakers Considering New Lobbyist Registration Threshold

ethics, Hawaii, legislative issues, lobbying

Hawaii legislators are currently considering legislation aimed at closing an existing loophole in lobbyist registration and reporting rules. Currently, a Continued on Next Page

Governor Announces Special Election for Georgia Senate

Alabama, special elections

Gov. Nathan Deal announced a special election will be held on April 18, 2017, for state Senate District 32. Sen. Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance New Mexico: “NM Senate Wants Disclosure of ‘Dark Money’ Election Spending” by Dan McKay for Albuquerque Journal South Continued on Next Page

Several Campaign Finance Bills Introduced in Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

British Columbia, Canada, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

On February 16, several campaign finance bills were introduced in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Introduced as a private Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – February 17, 2017

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

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

Lobbyist Registry Reform Act introduced in British Columbia Assembly

British Columbia, Canada, ethics, lobbying

On February 16, the “Lobbyist Registry Reform Act, 2017,” was introduced in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The bill Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – February 17, 2017

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

      Federal: Flynn Departure Erupts into a Full-Blown Crisis for the Trump White House Washington Post – Karen Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Oregon: “Oregon Measure Would Require More Disclosure from Lobbyists” by Chris Lehman for KUOW South Carolina: “Unlimited No More: Continued on Next Page

Bill to Dismantle Montana Office of Political Practices Advances

ethics, legislative issues, Montana

This week the Montana House of Representatives passed House Bill 340, a bill to dismantle the Office of the Commissioner Continued on Next Page

South Dakota House Passes Gift Restriction Bill

gift law, legislative issues, South Dakota

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed House Bill 1073. The bill seeks to ban lawmakers from accepting gifts from lobbyists Continued on Next Page

Missouri Ethics Commission Issues Advisory Opinions Regarding Constitutional Amendment 2

campaign contributions, campaign finance, ethics, Missouri

The Missouri Ethics Commission recently released a series of advisory opinions related to Constitutional Amendment 2. The amendment, passed by Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Report Shows ‘Untapped Power’ of Constituent Advocacy” by Bridget Bowman for Roll Call Florida: “These Lawmakers Are On the Continued on Next Page

Vermont Governor’s Staffers Urged to Avoid Sharing a Pint with Lawmakers, Lobbyists

lobbying, Vermont

Gov. Phil Scott issued an informal directive to staff and administrative personnel to stay clear of legislators and lobbyists in Continued on Next Page

Oregon Lawmakers to Consider Pay-to-Play Bills

campaign contributions, legislative issues, Oregon, pay-to-play

Rep. Knute Buehler is set to introduce two bills to restrict pay-to-play politics. House Joint Resolution 17 seeks to amend Continued on Next Page

NC Supreme Court Reinstates Block on Elections Board Merger

ethics, legislative issues, North Carolina

Monday, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an order blocking Senate Bill 4 from taking effect while the legal challenge Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, Tech and Social Media

Campaign Finance California: “Sacramento Wants State Watchdog to Enforce City Ethics Rules” by Anita Chabria for Sacramento Bee Michigan: “Michigan Continued on Next Page

Our January Photo Scrapbook

State and Federal Communications

Enjoy these fun photos from recent events!

Sessions Confirmed as U.S. Attorney General, Controversy Surrounds Bentley’s Replacement

Alabama, special elections

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as President Trump’s attorney general on February 8, 2017. To fill the Senate vacancy, Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, Tech and Social Media

Campaign Finance California: “Republicans Face $30,000 Fine from California Campaign Regulators” by Jim Miller for Sacramento Bee Mississippi: “Senate Passes Continued on Next Page

Filing Begins for South Carolina House District 84

elections, South Carolina

Filing opens today for candidates participating in the May 30 special election for South Carolina House District 84. At least Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Appeals Court Reinstates Law to Merge Ethics and Elections Boards

elections, ethics, North Carolina

On Thursday, a ruling from the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned a lower court order that blocked Senate Bill Continued on Next Page

Texas Ethics Reform Passes in Senate

ethics, legislative issues, Texas

Texas ethics overhaul, Senate Bill 14, passed unanimously in the Senate this week and is headed to the House. Gov. Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – February 10, 2017

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

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

News You Can Use Digest – February 10, 2017

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

National: Scores of State Lawmakers Took Trips Subsidized by Controversial Turkish Opposition Movement Center for Public Integrity – Liz Essley Continued on Next Page

Canada’s Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Will Not Seek Reappointment

Canada, ethics

On July 8, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson will conclude her appointed position with Canada’s federal ethics Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Personal Use of Campaign Funds

campaign finance, legislative issues, Mississippi

The Senate unanimously passed a campaign finance bill prohibiting the personal use of campaign funds. Senate Bill 2689, passed with Continued on Next Page

Vermont Increases Contribution Limits

campaign contributions, campaign finance, Vermont

Vermont has increased contribution limits to candidates, PACs, and political parties. By statute, contribution limits are reevaluated and adjusted based Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Records Show How Air Force Nominee Skirted Lobbying Restrictions” by Patrick Malone (Center for Public Integrity) for Politico “Nations Continued on Next Page

Wyoming Legislative Session Reaches Bill Crossover Deadline

legislative issues, legislative sessions, Wyoming

Tuesday was the last day for bills in the 2017 session of the Wyoming Legislature to be approved in the Continued on Next Page

Phoenix City Council Votes to Create Ethics Commission

Arizona, ethics, Phoenix

On Tuesday, Phoenix City Council voted unanimously to move forward with creating a bipartisan ethics commission. The commission would screen allegations Continued on Next Page

Tennessee Adjusts Contribution Limits for 2017-2018 Elections

campaign finance, contributions, Tennessee

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance recently published updated contribution limits for 2017 and 2018 elections. The limits are adjusted Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbyists, Corporate Clients Open Wallets for Trump” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call “Lobbying’s Top 50: Who’s spending big” Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Alabama: “Gov. Robert Bentley Used Campaign Funds to Pay Rebekah Mason’s Lawyer” by Mike Cason for AL.com Mississippi: Continued on Next Page

Vermont Legislation Looks to Strengthen State Ethics Laws

ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, Vermont

Lawmakers are currently considering a bill to strengthen the state’s ethics laws. Senate Bill 8 would, among other things, prohibit Continued on Next Page

City of Tampa Launches Online Lobbyist System

electronic filing, ethics, Florida, lobbying, Tampa

The Tampa Ethics Office launched an online system for lobbyists to log meetings with city officials. The system replaces the Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Special Session Called

Louisiana, special session

Gov. John Bel Edwards has called a special session of the Louisiana Legislature. The special session will convene at 6:30 Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Governor Signs Bill to Repeal Initiated Measure 22

campaign finance, ethics, South Dakota

On Thursday, February 2, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1069 into law. The passage of this bill repeals Initiated Continued on Next Page

FEC Adjusts Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold Amount

campaign contributions, FEC, lobbying, political action committee

On Friday, February 3, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published its price index adjustments for expenditure limitations and the federal Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Trump Vows to ‘Totally Destroy’ Restrictions on Churches’ Support of Candidates” by John Wagner and Julie Zauzmer for Continued on Next Page

Bill to Eliminate Montana Office of Commissioner of Political Practices Filed

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, Montana

A bill was filed this week seeking to eliminate the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices and split the Continued on Next Page

Nebraska Senator Renews Effort to Ban Lobbyist-Provided Meals in the Capitol

gift law, lobbying, Nebraska

Reviving his concern from last year’s legislative session, Sen. Ernie Chambers introduced a bill to prevent lawmakers from accepting meals Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – February 3, 2017

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

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

We’re Going Red Today!

American Heart Association, Go Red for Women

Today, the staff of State and Federal Communications are wearing red in honor of National Wear Red Day.  We want Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – February 3, 2017

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

National: Fatigued by the News? Experts Suggest How to Adjust Your Media Diet New York Times – Christopher Mele | Continued on Next Page

Let the Fundraising Begin: FEC Publishes Contribution Limits for 2017-2018 Election Cycle

campaign contributions, campaign finance, FEC

Today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published the 2017-2018 election cycle contribution limits, which have been indexed for inflation. As Continued on Next Page

Montana Commissioner to Remain in Office Until Successor is Confirmed

ethics, Montana

The Montana Supreme Court ruled Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathon Motl’s term has expired, but he must remain in office Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Senate Sends Ethics Repeal Bill to Governor

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, South Dakota

The South Dakota Senate voted 27-8 to approve House Bill 1069, advancing the bill to repeal Initiated Measure 22 to Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, procurement, Tech and Social Media

Lobbying Arizona: “How The Wrong Letterhead Exposed Phoenix’s Toothless Lobbying Rules” by Rob O’Dell and Dustin Gardner for Arizona Republic Continued on Next Page

It Happens – Every Four Years

elections, Elizabeth Bartz, inaugurations

The inauguration of the 45th President of the United States was held on Friday, January 20, promptly at noon as Continued on Next Page

Alaska Lawmakers to Consider Additional Income Tax on Lobbyists

Alaska, legislative issues, lobbying

House Bill 91 was introduced yesterday to require Alaska’s legislative lobbyists to pay a 2.5 percent tax on income earned Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News Roundup

elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying “Is It Time for a Lobbyist Union? Juneau Representative Proposes 2.5 Percent Industry Tax” by Nathaniel Herz for Alaska Continued on Next Page

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