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Archive for April, 2017

Iowa Adjourns Sine Die

Iowa, legislative sessions

The Iowa General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 22, 2017.  Legislators approved a state budget of $7.293 billion, effective Continued on Next Page

Indiana Adjourns Sine Die

Indiana, legislative sessions

The 2017 Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 22, 2017. Gov. Eric Holcomb has until April 29 to Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Governor Calls Special Session

legislative sessions, Mississippi

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special session of the state legislature will begin on June 5, 2017. Lawmakers will continue Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

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

Lobbying “Spending on Lobbying Approached $1 Billion in First Quarter, Highest in 5 Years” by Kimberly Kindy for Washington Post Continued on Next Page

Austin Lobbying Ordinance Effective June 1

Austin, elections, lobbying, Texas

Effective June 1, 2017, Ordinance No. 20160922-005 repealing and replacing Chapter 4-8 of the Austin City Code relating to lobbying Continued on Next Page

Florida Senator Resigns Following Outburst

ethics, Florida

After making inflammatory remarks about his African-American colleagues, Sen. Frank Artiles resigned from the state legislature. Artiles faced mounting pressure Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, procurement

Lobbying “Flynn’s Turkish Lobbying Linked to Russia” by Issac Arnsdorf for Politico “‘What’s Upstream?’ Ad Campaign Funded by EPA Did Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Lawmakers Override Veto; Elections and Ethics Boards to Merge

elections, ethics, North Carolina

On April 25, lawmakers finalized efforts to combine state elections and ethics boards with both the House and Senate voting Continued on Next Page

Washington Legislature Begins Special Session

budget bill, legislative sessions, Washington

On April 23, the Washington Legislature adjourned the regular session sine die. Lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on a Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump, Pence Allies Rake in Millions as New Washington Lobbyists” by Fredreka Schouten and Maureen Groppe for USA Today Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Wisconsin: Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Recusal Changes When Campaign Donors Are Litigants by Patrick Marley for Milwaukee Journal Continued on Next Page

Maryland Ethics Bill Effective in October

ethics, legislative issues, Maryland

The bill prohibits former lobbyists from participating in a case, contract, or other specific matter as a public official or Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – April 21, 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!  

Executive Committee of the Williams Honors College Alumni Board Honors University of Akron Students

Akron, Community Outreach, University of Akron

If we believe Benjamin Franklin’s old adage, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” But today’s student loan market Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – April 21, 2017

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

      National: Social Media Is Not Contributing Significantly to Political Polarization, Paper Says New York Times – Jonah Continued on Next Page

New Commissioner of Political Practices Appointed

ethics, Montana

On Wednesday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Jeff Mangan, a former Democratic state legislator, to a six-year term as the Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Maine: “Maine Ethics Watchdog: Tighten lobbying limits for ex-legislators” by Michael Shepherd for Bangor Daily News Campaign Finance “It Continued on Next Page

Long Beach, California Repeals Ban on Contributions from Officeholder Funds

California, campaign contributions, campaign finance

On April 18, Long Beach City Council approved a measure to repeal a local campaign finance law which barred elected Continued on Next Page

Alabama Ethics Commission Agrees to Live Stream Lobbyist Training

Alabama, ethics, lobbying

According to the memorandum filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, the Alabama Ethics Commission Continued on Next Page

New Alabama Governor Moves U.S. Senate Special Election

Alabama, special elections

Gov. Kay Ivey moved the U.S. Senate seat special election from November 6, 2018, to December 12, 2017. The special Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Corporate Lobbyists Funnel Cash to House Democrats Amid Push to Pass Trump’s Business Initiatives” by Andrew Perez (MapLight) and Continued on Next Page

Free White Paper on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

FCPA, State and Federal Communications

  State and Federal Communications has released a new white paper on The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). To obtain Continued on Next Page

Alaska Legislature Continues in Session

Alaska, budget bill, legislative sessions

The Alaska Legislature will remain in session despite its April 17 deadline, with lawmakers still working to pass a budget Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Vetoes Budget Bill; Special Session Ahead

budget bill, special session, West Virginia

On April 13, Gov. Jim Justice vetoed the budget bill passed by West Virginia lawmakers. In the latest stunt in Continued on Next Page

California Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Move Up Presidential Primary

California, elections, legislative issues

Lawmakers are considering a bill to move up California’s presidential primary election date. Senate Bill 568 seeks to move the Continued on Next Page

A Surprise Visit for Elizabeth Bartz!

Akron, Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

  Elizabeth Bartz had a surprise visitor stop by our office. ADaM, the mascot for the Summit County ADM Board, Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, Tech and Social Media

Campaign Finance “Bipartisan Bill Would Restructure FEC to End Gridlock” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA District of Columbia: “More Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative sessions, lobbying

Lobbying “Former Trump Campaign Chairman to Register as Foreign Agent” by Jeff Horwitz, Chad Day, and Julie Pace (Associated Press) Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – April 14, 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!  

News You Can Use Digest – April 14, 2017

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

    Federal: Can Democrats Cuss Their Way Back to the White House? McClatchy DC – Alex Roarty | Published: 4/11/2017 Continued on Next Page

Wisconsin Ethics Commissioner Resigns

ethics, Wisconsin

Former Attorney General Peggy Lautenschlager is stepping down from her post as chair of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. In her Continued on Next Page

New White Paper on The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), First Enacted 40 Years Ago

FCPA, SEC, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications, Inc. has released a new white paper on The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) authored by Research Continued on Next Page

US House Bill Would Place Congressional Salaries in Escrow if No Budget Passed

Federal Government, legislative issues, revolving door, U.S. House of Representatives

A revolving door bill introduced in the U.S. House would hold congressional salaries in escrow unless a fiscal budget is Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Connecticut: “Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, A Felon, Says He Deserves Public Funding for Campaign” by Christopher Keating for Continued on Next Page

Women in Government Relations Leadership Program

State and Federal Communications, WGR

Women in Government Relations (WGR) recently completed its Leadership in the 21st Century program, Cohort 7, with leadership coach Paulette Pidcock. Continued on Next Page

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State and Federal Communications, Webinar

Find out how Compliance Laws for Government Relations Professionals can help you during our FREE website tour!

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

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

Lobbying Missouri: “Limit on Lobbyist Gifts Clears Missouri Senate Committee” by Jason Hancock for Kansas City Star Campaign Finance California: Continued on Next Page

Maryland Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

legislative sessions, Maryland

The 2017 regular session of the Maryland General Assembly adjourned sine die right before midnight on April 10, 2017. The Continued on Next Page

Alabama Gets Second Female Governor Following Bentley Resignation

Alabama, ethics

On April 10, 2017, Gov. Robert Bentley resigned as the 53rd governor of Alabama. The resignation follows the Alabama Ethics Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Montana: “Montana Considers Raising Political Campaign Donation Limits” by Matt Volz (Associated Press) for Washington Times New Mexico: Continued on Next Page

Massachusetts Ban on Contributions Upheld

campaign contributions, Massachusetts

A state ban on political contributions to candidates by businesses was upheld by a Suffolk Superior Court judge last week. Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Legislature Adjourns Regular Session; Special Session Likely

budget bill, legislative sessions, West Virginia

On April 9, the West Virginia Legislature wrapped up its regular legislative session. The House and Senate passed a spending Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Those Prized Small Donors? They May Not Be as Small as You Think” by Andrew Mayersohn for Center for Continued on Next Page

Governor Signs Bill Modernizing Colorado Procurement Code

Colorado, ethics, procurement

Gov. Hickenlooper recently signed House Bill 17-1051, modernizing the Colorado Procurement Code. Among other changes, the bill exempts grants from Continued on Next Page

Gov. Martinez Vetoes Ethics and Campaign Finance Bills

campaign finance, ethics, New Mexico

Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed ethics and campaign finance bills. Senate Bill 393 would have required lobbyists to report expenses on Continued on Next Page

Proposed Ballot Initiative Seeks to Strengthen Ethics in South Dakota Politics

ethics, South Dakota

The group Represent South Dakota announced plans to lead efforts for a ballot measure in 2018 to amend South Dakota’s Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – April 7, 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!  

News You Can Use Digest – April 7, 2017

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

      Federal: DOJ Renews Promise of Action on Lobbying Law Compliance Bloomberg BNA – Kenneth Doyle | Published: 4/5/2017 The Government Continued on Next Page

Alabama Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause for Gov. Bentley Ethics Violations

Alabama, ethics

The Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause to believe Gov. Robert Bentley committed violations of both the Alabama Ethics Act Continued on Next Page

Ask The Experts – Giving Gifts to University Officials and Employees

Ask the Experts, gift law, State and Federal Communications

Q: Our company is a registered lobbyist employer in many states, and we regularly do business with universities. Can my Continued on Next Page

Hillsborough County Commissioners Ban Lobbyist Text Messages

Florida, lobbying

Following in the path of the state’s House of Representatives, Hillsborough County Commissioners approved a measure banning text messages and Continued on Next Page

West Virginia’s Legislative Session Extended

budget bill, legislative sessions, West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice signed a proclamation to extend the legislative session by one day to an adjournment date of April Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Campaign Finance Colorado: “A Dark Money Lawsuit, a Colorful Cast of Characters, and Colorado’s Citizen Campaign Finance Cop” by Corey Continued on Next Page

March Photo Scrapbook and Staff Anniversaries

State and Federal Communications

Enjoy these photos from some recent events and staff anniversaries!  

West Virginia Legislative Session Likely to be Extended

budget bill, legislative sessions, West Virginia

An extended session appears likely for West Virginia’s Legislature. Lawmakers have yet to approve a budget and the regular session Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Lawmakers Make New Attempt at Combined Elections and Ethics Board

ethics, legislative issues, North Carolina

Lawmakers are back to work attempting to combine state elections and ethics boards after a three-judge panel ruled that the Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Changing of the Guard at DC’s Top Lobby Firm” by Megan Wilson for The Hill Maine: “Lying-to-Legislature Bill Narrowed Continued on Next Page

Sponsorship for the 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess for The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C., as part of National Cherry Blossom Festival

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications is once again the sponsor of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess of The Ohio Society of Continued on Next Page

About our 47 U.S. Vice Presidents

Federal Government, U.S. Vice Presidents

Since George Washington took his oath as president of the U.S. in 1789, there have been 47 vice presidents of Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Former Trump Staffers Hunt for Foreign Lobbying Work” by Theodoric Mayer, Kenneth Vogel, and Josh Dawsey for Politico Tennessee: Continued on Next Page

See us in person!

State and Federal Communications

We’ve got a busy April planned. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello! April 7   PACS, Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics

Campaign Finance Arizona – “Arizona Secretary of State’s Website to Track Political Spending Triples in Cost” Mary Jo Pitzl for Continued on Next Page

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