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Kentucky’s Governor Signs Campaign Finance Bill

campaign contributions, campaign finance, Kentucky, political action committee, political contributions

Gov. Matt Bevin approved changes to a campaign finance law yesterday, March 27, 2017. Senate Bill 75 doubles current contribution Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Adjourns Legislative Session

legislative sessions, South Dakota

On March 27, South Dakota lawmakers met for the final day of the 2017 legislative session to consider five bills Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Campaign Finance Bill Passes Senate

campaign finance, legislative issues, political action committee, political contributions, West Virginia

On March 27, the West Virginia Senate voted to approve a bill to overhaul campaign finance laws. Senate Bill 539 Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Campaign Finance Illinois: “Court Strikes Down Ban on Campaign Contributions from Medical Marijuana Licensees” by Jacob Huebert for Illinois Policy Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Governor Will Likely Call a Special Session

budget bill, legislative issues, New Mexico, special session

Despite the 2017 regular session adjourning on March 18th, Gov. Susana Martinez will likely call a special session. Martinez does Continued on Next Page

Wisconsin Legislators Consider Revolving Door Ban

ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, revolving door, Wisconsin

Wisconsin legislators introduced a bill to prohibit lawmakers from lobbying for at least one year after leaving legislative office. The Continued on Next Page

Chuck Harris Set to Retire from Indiana Lobby Registration Commission

Indiana, lobbying

Chuck Harris is retiring as the executive director and general counsel of the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission (ILRC). Harris has Continued on Next Page

House Bill Aims to Prohibit Foreign-Owned Corporations From Participating in US Elections

campaign finance, Federal Election Commission, Federal Government, U.S. House of Representatives

On March 19, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin introduced a bill to close a campaign finance loophole allowing foreign-owned, foreign-controlled, and Continued on Next Page

U.S. Virgin Islands Special Election Scheduled Despite Ongoing Appeal

special elections, U.S. Virgin Islands

Despite an ongoing court battle, a special election has been scheduled for April 8, 2017, to fill a seat in Continued on Next Page

US House Bill – No US Funds for Trump Hotel Stays

ethics, Federal Government, legislative issues

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month would prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Duncan Hunter Under Criminal Investigation for Ethics Violations” by Eric Lichtblau for New York Times Elections “One Rationale Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – March 24, 2017

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

      Federal: Despite a Trust, Ivanka Trump Still Wields Power Over Her Brand New York Times – Rachel Continued on Next Page

Dallas City Council Approves Ethics Overhaul

dallas, ethics, lobbying, Texas

On Wednesday, Dallas City Council voted unanimously to overhaul the city’s ethics laws after months of work to tighten rules Continued on Next Page

Drug Price Relief Act Expected to Appear on Ohio Ballot

legislative issues, Ohio

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act is expected to appear on the ballot in November, 2017. The proposed initiated statute Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance Massachusetts: “Construction Firm, Owner Pay $150,000 for Campaign Finance Violations” by Frank Phillips for Boston Globe Pennsylvania: “Former Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Illinois: “Emails to Emanuel Raise Questions About Dozens of Possible Lobbying Violations” by Bill Ruthhart and Hal Dardick for Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Missouri: “Greitens’ Reliance on ‘Dark Money’ Endangers Proposed Ban on Lobbyist Gifts” by Jason Hancock for Kansas City Star Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

ethics, legislative issues, legislative sessions, New Mexico

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned sine die on March 18, 2017. House Joint Resolution 8, which creates an independent ethics commission, Continued on Next Page

Proposed California Campaign Finance Regulation Faces Opposition from Lawmakers

California, FPPC

On March 16, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) held a hearing on the possible adoption of a regulation to Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Merger of State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission Ruled Unconstitutional

elections, ethics, legislative issues, North Carolina

On March 17, a three-judge panel ruled that the North Carolina General Assembly overstepped its state constitutional authority when it Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News You Can Use

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues

Campaign Finance Democrats to Probe Gorsuch Views on Campaign Finance by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA Colorado: Colorado Democrats Propose Continued on Next Page

No Nomination for Montana Commissioner of Political Practices

ethics, Montana

Top Montana legislators canceled a meeting this week to nominate a new Commissioner of Political Practices when an agreement could Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – March 17, 2017

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

      Federal: Admiral, Seven Others Charged with Corruption in New ‘Fat Leonard’ Indictment Washington Post – Craig Whitlock | Published: 3/14/2017 Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Legislature Approves Independent Ethics Commission Bill

ethics, legislative issues, New Mexico

A bill creating an independent ethics commission has been approved by the New Mexico legislature. House Joint Resolution 8 (HJR Continued on Next Page

Nunavut Lawmakers Adjourn for the Season

Canada, legislative sessions, Nunavut

On March 14, the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut adjourned its 2017 Winter Sitting. Bills considered by lawmakers included amendments to Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Senate Sanctions Legislator Charged with Child Prostitution

ethics, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Sen. Ralph Shortey has been charged with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution, and engaging in Continued on Next Page

Beverlye Brady Appointed to Alabama Ethics Commission

Alabama, ethics

Beverlye Brady has been appointed to the Alabama Ethics Commission by Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey. Brady, a practicing attorney with Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbyists Scramble for Access in Trump Era” by Megan Wilson for The Hill Missouri: “Missouri House Votes for Local Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Governor Signs Campaign Finance Bill

campaign finance, legislative issues, South Dakota

On March 14, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 54 into law. The bill revises many requirements dealing with campaign Continued on Next Page

Kentucky Lawmakers Pass Campaign Finance Bill

campaign contributions, campaign finance, Kentucky, political action committee

The Kentucky Legislature passed a bill this week to double the limits on contributions from individuals and PACs to candidates, Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Icahn’s Ethanol Push Fuels Ethics Storm” by Eric Wolf for Politico “N.J. Congressman Wants Details on Michael Flynn’s Lobbying Continued on Next Page

Happy Pi Day, State and Federal Communications!

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

A great, big thank you to Elizabeth Bartz for treating the staff to an amazing array of delicious pies in Continued on Next Page

Special Elections Announced for Connecticut House Vacancies

Connecticut, special elections

Two special elections will take place on April 25, 2017, to fill vacancies in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Gov. Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

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

Lobbying “Would-Be Trump Appointees Say ‘No Thanks’ Due to Lobbying Ban” by Ben Brody, Shannon Pettypiece, and Bill Allison for Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Ethics Commission Hires New General Counsel

ethics, Oklahoma

Jan Preslar is the new general counsel at the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. She replaced former General Counsel Geoffrey Long. Preslar Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Governor Signs IM 22 Replacement Measures

campaign finance, ethics, gift law, South Dakota

On March 10, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a series of bills aimed at replacing ethics and campaign finance laws after Continued on Next Page

Northwest Territories Legislature Adjourns Until May

Canada, legislative sessions, Northwest Territories

On March 10, the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories adjourned for the remainder of the winter. During the session, Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Gramm’s Border-Tax Crusade Would Help His Firm” by Isaac Arnsdorf for Politico Florida: “House Passes Six Year Ban on Continued on Next Page

GAO Report on Federal Contracting Trends

Federal Government, Government Accountability Office, procurement

On March 9, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an analysis of federal contracting trends to Congress. The Continued on Next Page

Florida House Passes Bill to Slow Revolving Door

Florida, legislative issues, lobbying

The Florida House passed a bill today to create greater separation between lawmakers and lobbyists. House Bill 7003 increases the Continued on Next Page

New Austin Campaign Finance Ordinance Under Consideration

Austin, campaign finance, ethics, Texas

After a 2016 federal court decision blocked Austin’s blackout period restricting candidate fundraising to only during the six months preceding Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – March 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!  

Utah Legislative Session Adjourns Sine Die

legislative sessions, Utah

The Utah Legislature adjourned its 2017 regular legislative session sine die on March 9, 2017. Lawmakers worked just beyond their Continued on Next Page

South Carolina Ethics Commission Names Interim Executive Director

ethics, South Carolina

Steve Hamm, attorney and former director of the South Carolina Consumer Affairs Department is now the interim director of the Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – March 10, 2017

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

      Federal: ‘Big Candy’ Is Lobbying the Trump Administration. It’s Also Holding Events at Trump Hotels. Washington Post Continued on Next Page

Paterson Mayor Indicted on Corruption Charges

ethics, New Jersey

Paterson Mayor Jose Torres will continue to serve in office despite recently being indicted on multiple corruption-related charges. Indictments do Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “‘Big Candy’ Is Lobbying the Trump Administration. It’s Also Holding Events at Trump Hotels.” by Amy Brittain and Jonathan Continued on Next Page

Amended South Dakota Campaign Finance Bill Reverts to Pre-IM 22 Limits

campaign finance, legislative issues, South Dakota

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed an amended version of Senate Bill 54 restoring campaign finance limits to pre-Initiated Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Top K Street Campaign Donors Already Writing Checks for 2018” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call “Iraq’s Lobbyists Mobilized Continued on Next Page

Two Ethics Bills Signed by Arkansas Governor

Arkansas, gift law

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill 1401 and Senate Bill 169 into law. Both bills provide exceptions to the definition Continued on Next Page

Denver City Council Amends Gift Laws

Colorado, Denver, gift law

Denver City Council approved legislation on Monday amending the city gift rules. Council Bill No. 16-1202 establishes a $300 annual Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics

Campaign Finance Florida: “Orlando Airport Contractors Helped Fund Board Member’s Campaign” by Beth Kassab for Orlando Sentinel Massachusetts: “Healey Hands Continued on Next Page

New York Special Election to be Held on May 23

New York, special elections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called a special election for May 23, 2017. The special election is needed to fill vacancies in Continued on Next Page

Wyoming Legislative Session Adjourns

budget bill, legislative sessions, Wyoming

On March 3, the Wyoming Legislature adjourned its 2017 general session. Lawmakers passed a supplemental budget bill making cuts to Continued on Next Page

February Photo Scrapbook and Staff Anniversaries

State and Federal Communications

Enjoy these photos from some of our recent events! State and Federal Communications celebrated 4 staff anniversaries in February!  

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying California: “California Lawmakers Report Accepting $518,000 in Gifts, Including Travel and Expensive Meals” by Patrick McGreevy, Melanie Mason, and Continued on Next Page

See Us in Person!

ACES, NASPO, NCSL, Public Affairs Council, SGAC, State and Federal Communications, WASRG, WGR

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

NYCU Video Digest – March 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!  

Special Election Called to Fill Seat in Tennessee House

special elections, Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued a writ yesterday ordering a special election to fill a vacant seat in state House Continued on Next Page

Legal Challenges Create Confusion for NC Ethics Commission and Elections Board

ethics, legislative issues, North Carolina

On February 28, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that a three-judge panel did not have the authority to Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – March 3, 2017

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

      National: Companies Lobbying Government Keep Spending Secret from Shareholders: Report International Business Times – David Sirota | Published: 3/1/2017 A Continued on Next Page

Going to the National PAC Conference? So are we!

Elizabeth Bartz, political action committee, Public Affairs Council, State and Federal Communications

We can’t wait to see everyone at the Public Affairs Council National PAC Conference. If you’ll be attending, come on Continued on Next Page

Puerto Rican Governor Approve June Referendum

elections, Puerto Rico

This month, Gov. Ricardo Rosello approved a nonbinding referendum to determine whether Puerto Rico will continue free association or seek Continued on Next Page

Professional Development 2017

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

I cannot express how busy this year is with the new federal administration, new state governors and legislators, and it Continued on Next Page

Montana Gov. Sets Special Election to Replace Zinke

Montana, special elections

On Wednesday, Gov. Steve Bullock called a special election to take place on May 25 to fill Montana’s only seat Continued on Next Page

Ohio Rep. Greta Johnson to Resign to Take Summit County Position

Ohio, special elections, Summit County

Ohio state Rep. Greta Johnson announced her resignation this morning, effective at the end of the month. She is stepping Continued on Next Page

New Lobbying Law Started This Month in Regional Municipality of Peel, Ontario

Canada, lobbying, Ontario

On March 1, a new lobbying law took effect in the Regional Municipality of Peel, Ontario. By-law Number 47-2016 creates Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying “Companies Lobbying Government Keep Spending Secret from Shareholders: Report” by David Sirota for International Business Times South Dakota: “Legislature Continued on Next Page

South Dakota House Passes Revolving Door Restriction Bill

ethics, legislative issues, South Dakota

On February 28, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 131 to ban elected officers and other officials from lobbying Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Judge Backs Blind FEC Eye on Campaign-Finance Violations” by Tim Ryan for Courthouse News Service New Jersey: “A Continued on Next Page

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