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Minnesota Special Session Adjourns Sine Die

Minnesota, special session

The first special session of 2017, adjourned sine die around 3:00 a.m., on May 26, 2017. Lawmakers passed a public Continued on Next Page

Campaign Finance Legislation Introduced in Oregon

campaign finance, legislative issues, Oregon

On May 23, Rep. Mitch Greenlick introduced House Joint Resolution 32, proposing a ballot measure to impose a $500 limit Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – May 26, 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 – May 26, 2017

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      National: Sean Hannity Done Talking About Seth Rich and WikiLeaks ‘for Now’ as Fox News Retracts Story Continued on Next Page

Washington Legislature Convenes Second Special Session

budget bill, special session, Washington

On May 23, the Washington Legislature adjourned its first special session sine die. Lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on Continued on Next Page

Phoenix City Council Votes to Amend Lobbying Ordinance

Arizona, ethics, lobbying, Phoenix

The Phoenix City Council voted this week to amend the city’s lobbying ordinance to create sanctions for those who don’t comply with Continued on Next Page

Missouri Ethics Commission Issues New Campaign Finance Opinion

campaign finance, ethics, Missouri

The Missouri Ethics Commission recently issued a campaign finance advisory opinion differentiating between political parties and political party committees for Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Missouri: “New Campaign Finance Rules Ignore Missouri Voters’ Decision” by Kurt Erickson (Tribune News Service) for Governing Texas: Continued on Next Page

FEC Launches Redesigned Website

FEC, Federal Election Commission

Today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) launched a newly revamped website. The new website has been in public beta form Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Iowa: “Ethics Complaint Against Iowa Gun Owners Leader Dismissed” by Brianne Pfannenstiel for Des Moines Register Rhode Island: “Ethics Continued on Next Page

Florida Special Election Set for House District 116

Florida, special elections

Gov. Rick Scott has issued an executive order setting a special election for House District 116. Rep. Jose Felix Diaz Continued on Next Page

Nebraska Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

legislative sessions, Nebraska

The Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die today, May 23, 2017. Much of the session consisted of battles over the state Continued on Next Page

Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal of Challenge of FEC Soft Money Regulations

campaign finance, FEC, Federal Election Commission, U.S. Supreme Court

On May 22, the United States Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s finding of summary judgement upholding the constitutionality of Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called for South Carolina House District 31

South Carolina, special elections

There will be a special election held on September 26 to fill the seat for state House District 31. Rep. Continued on Next Page

Minnesota Adjourns and Immediately Begins Special Session

budget bill, Minnesota, special session

The 2017 Minnesota regular legislative session adjourned late on Monday, May 22, 2017. The legislators failed to pass a $46 Continued on Next Page

South Carolina Special Legislative Session to Begin Today

budget bill, legislative issues, South Carolina, special session

South Carolina lawmakers scheduled a three-day special legislative session before adjourning the regular session on May 11. The special session Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying “White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll” by Eric Lipton for New York Times California: Continued on Next Page

Missouri General Assembly to Convene Special Legislative Session

legislative issues, legislative sessions, Missouri

Missouri lawmakers will return to work today as the General Assembly convenes a special legislative session. Following the May 12 Continued on Next Page

Alaska Government Shutdown Looms as Lawmakers Unable to Compromise

Alaska, budget bill, legislative sessions, special session

Gov. Bill Walker ordered Alaska legislators into a special session just minutes after the regular session adjourned. Lawmakers have been Continued on Next Page

Montana Governor Vetoes Campaign Finance Bill

campaign finance, legislative issues, Montana

On Friday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a bill to increase the maximum allowable contributions from individuals and political action Continued on Next Page

Alabama Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Alabama, legislative issues, legislative sessions

The Legislature adjourned sine die late Friday, May 19, 2017. Bills to block removal of Confederate monuments and allow certified Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called for Michigan’s 109th House District

Michigan, special elections

On May 9, 2017, Michigan Rep. John Kivela took his own life. Gov. Rick Snyder has called a special election Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Maine: “Democrats Block Bill to Punish Lying at Maine State House” by Christopher Cousins for Bangor Daily News New Continued on Next Page

Vermont Legislature Adjourns, Special Session Likely

budget bill, ethics, legislative sessions, Vermont

The Vermont Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session today, May 19, 2017. Lawmakers delayed adjournment by more than a week Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – May 19, 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 – May 19, 2017

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      Federal: Deputy Attorney General Appoints Special Counsel to Oversee Probe of Russian Interference in Election Washington Post Continued on Next Page

State and Federal Communications, Inc. Named One of Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in Ohio for 2017 by Omnikal

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

At the 17th Annual OMNIKAL National Business Summit at The Harvard Club in New York City on May 18, 2017, Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump’s Pick for a Top Interior Post Has Sued the Agency on Behalf of Powerful California Water Interests” by Continued on Next Page

Gov. Terry Branstad Calls Special Election

Iowa, special elections

Gov. Terry Branstad has called a special election to fill the state House seat left vacant by the passing of Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Massachusetts: “City Council Debates Level of Transparency in Lobbying Act” by Beth Treffeisen for Spare Change News Campaign Finance Continued on Next Page

Arizona Legislature Adjourns

Arizona, legislative sessions, lobbying

The Arizona Legislature adjourned the first regular session of the 53rd Legislature sine die on May 10, 2017. Senate Bill Continued on Next Page

New Montana Commissioner Starts Term

ethics, Montana

Jeff Mangan, a former Democratic State Legislator, took over Monday as Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices. Mangan, the fifth to Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

elections, ethics, lobbying

Elections “Young Black Democrats, Eager to Lead from the Left, Eye Runs in 2018” by Alexander Burns for New York Continued on Next Page

501(c)(4) Reform Act of 2017 Introduced in US House

legislative issues, U.S. House of Representatives

A bill introduced in the U. S. House of Representatives intends to prohibit tax exemptions under Section 501(c)(4) of the Continued on Next Page

Florida Governor Sets Special Election Dates

Florida, special elections

Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order setting the dates for a special election to replace Sen. Frank Artiles. A Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, procurement

Lobbying “DOJ Deflects Calls for More Foreign Agents Act Transparency” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA Kansas: “Who Are Kansas Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – May 12, 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 – May 12, 2017

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

      National: Silicon Valley Tech Lobbyists Swarm Brussels Politico.eu – Harry Cooper and Nicholas Hirst | Published: 5/4/2017 A Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called for Mississippi House Opening

Mississippi, special elections

Gov. Phil Bryant has set a special election to fill a vacancy in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Rep. Mark Continued on Next Page

Phoenix City Council Considering Penalties for Lobbying Violations

Arizona, ethics, lobbying, Phoenix

City Council discovered its lobbying regulations have no enforcement mechanism several months ago, but it has yet to agree on Continued on Next Page

Pennsylvania House Committee Approves Stiffer Penalties for Lobbying Violations

legislative issues, lobbying, Pennsylvania

A measure to increase penalties for violations of Pennsylvania lobbying laws made it out of committee this week. House Bill Continued on Next Page

Tennessee General Assembly Adjourns 2017 Session

campaign finance, legislative sessions, Tennessee

The 2017 session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on Wednesday, May 10. Hesitant to make a last-minute decision Continued on Next Page

Colorado Legislature Adjourns First Regular Session

Colorado, legislative sessions

The first regular session of the 71st Colorado General Assembly adjourned Wednesday, May 10. Prior to adjournment, lawmakers passed an Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying California: “Foes into Friends: Lobbyists make amends to lawmakers with ‘make-up money’” by Laurel Rosenhall for CALmatters.org Illinois: “Ethics Continued on Next Page

Kentucky Creates Permanent Fee Adjustment for Executive Agency Lobbyists

ethics, Kentucky, lobbying

After last year’s budget bill temporarily increased the executive agency lobbyist registration fee, lawmakers have made the change permanent. House Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Campaign Finance “Crowdpac Helps Candidates Test the Waters” by Eric Garcia for Roll Call Ethics “F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Disclosure Laws Effective in July

campaign contributions, legislative issues, procurement, West Virginia

Lawmakers passed two measures dealing with ethics and transparency during the regular legislative session that wrapped up in April. House Continued on Next Page

Ask the Experts – Contributions by Out-of-State PACs

Ask the Experts, campaign finance

Q.  Can a PAC from one state make contributions to candidates and ballot measures in a different state? A.  Yes, Continued on Next Page

Florida Adjourns Legislative Session

budget bill, Florida, legislative sessions

The Florida Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session on Monday, May 8, 2017. Lawmakers extended the session an extra day Continued on Next Page

Judge Rules Missouri Campaign Finance Provisions Unconstitutional

campaign finance, ethics, Missouri, political action committee, political contributions

Parts of a campaign finance law approved by Missouri voters in November have been ruled unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Senior Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump’s Trade Pick Clears Hurdle, Despite Past Foreign Lobbying” by Fredreka Schouten for USA Today Campaign Finance Connecticut: “GOP Continued on Next Page

Contribution Limits in New Brunswick Lowered to $3,000

campaign finance, Canada, legislative sessions, New Brunswick

On May 5, the third session of the 58th Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Canada adjourned, passing legislation lowering the Continued on Next Page

US Spending Bill Has Campaign Finance Provisions

campaign finance, Federal Government, legislative issues, political contributions, SEC, U.S. Congress

Among the amendments in the 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act that passed into law on May 5 are two provisions affecting Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Legislature in Recess Adjournment

budget bill, special session, West Virginia

The West Virginia Legislature is taking a 10-day recess from the special session that convened May 4. Lawmakers quickly rejected Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Special Session on the Horizon

budget bill, campaign finance, legislative issues, special session

Gov. Susana Martinez has called a special session for May 24, 2017. According to the proclamation, the special session is Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Silicon Valley Tech Lobbyists Swarm Brussels” by Harry Cooper and Nicholas Hirst for Politico.eu “Lewandowski Exits Lobby Firm Amid Continued on Next Page

North Dakota Campaign Finance Law Signed into Law

campaign finance, legislative issues, North Dakota

Senate Bill 2343 was signed into law in April to enhance campaign finance reporting requirements and restrict candidates from using Continued on Next Page

Hawaii Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Hawaii, legislative issues, legislative sessions

The 29th Hawaii Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, May 4. Prior to adjournment, House members elected Rep. Scott Saiki Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – May 5, 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 – May 5, 2017

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      National: Guns and Religion: How American conservatives grew closer to Putin’s Russia Washington Post – Rosalind Helderman Continued on Next Page

President Signs Executive Order Seeking to Allow More Political Activity from Tax-Exempt Religious Institutions Without Losing Their Tax-Exempt Status

ethics, Executive Order, Federal Government

President Trump signed an executive order today for the purpose of allowing religious institutions to engage more directly in political Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Special Session Adjourns Sine Die

Arkansas, ethics, legislative issues, special session

The First Extraordinary Session of the 91st General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 3, 2017. One ethics bill was Continued on Next Page

Several Ethics Bills Introduced in Michigan

ethics, gift law, legislative issues, lobbying, Michigan

Several ethics bills have been introduced in Michigan Legislature. House Bill 4489 prohibits immediate family members of a public officer Continued on Next Page

Vermont Moves a Step Closer to Creating a State Ethics Commission

ethics, legislative issues, Vermont

The Vermont House approved Senate Bill 8, a measure establishing a state ethics commission and providing greater transparency from those Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump Transition Staffers Head to K Street Despite Lobbying Ban” by Theodoric Meyer and Michael Stratford for Politico “City Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “Secret Audit Left D.C. Voters ‘In the Dark.’ Now It Stirs Talk of Election Reform” by Aaron Davis Continued on Next Page

April Photo Scrapbook

State and Federal Communications

Check out some photos from recent events! 

Nova Scotia Provincial General Election to be Held May 30

Canada, elections, Nova Scotia

On April 30, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly was dissolved in order to call a provincial general election. The Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Legislature Adjourns Only to Call Special Session

Arkansas, legislative issues, legislative sessions

The 91st General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 1, 2017. A half hour after adjourning, the Legislature convened a Continued on Next Page

Head of Kansas Ethics Commission Stepping Down

ethics, Kansas

Carol Williams, executive director of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, announced her retirement from the commission. She will step down Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Law to Merge Elections and Ethics Boards Put on Hold

ethics, North Carolina

On April 28, a three-judge panel issued an order in Gov. Roy Cooper’s legal challenge against Senate Bill 68 to Continued on Next Page

Montana Legislature Adjourns

campaign contributions, ethics, legislative issues, legislative sessions, Montana

The Montana Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session April 28, 2017.  House Bill 340, eliminating the Office of the Commissioner Continued on Next Page

Tennessee Legislators Considering Disclosure Requirements for Travel Expenses Provided by Lobbyists

ALEC, ethics, lobbying, NCSL, Tennessee

The Tennessee House voted unanimously last week to require legislators to disclose travel expenses provided by anyone with an interest Continued on Next Page

North Dakota Adjourns Legislative Session

budget bill, legislative sessions, North Dakota

The North Dakota Legislature adjourned its legislative session on April 27. The session lasted 77 days, ending ahead of the Continued on Next Page

Party Leaders Ask Utah Governor for Special Session

special elections, special session, Utah

On April 27, leaders of the Utah Republican and Democratic parties sent a joint letter to Gov. Gary Herbert requesting Continued on Next Page

Procurement Fraud Prevent Act Introduced in U.S. Senate

Federal Government, procurement, U.S. Senate

On April 25, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Gary Peters introduced legislation designed to help small businesses registering to procure Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “New Registration Details Manafort’s Lobbying for Group with Pro-Russia Ties” by Megan Wilson for The Hill Campaign Finance Massachusetts: Continued on Next Page

Proposed US Spending Bill Has Campaign Finance Amendments

campaign finance, Federal Government

Among the amendments in the 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act expected to pass into law this week are two provisions affecting Continued on Next Page

Ask the Experts – Federal PAC Contributions to State Candidates

Ask the Experts, campaign finance

Q. Can I use my company’s federal PAC to make contributions to candidates for state office? A. With the exception Continued on Next Page

‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers’ Finds Success with First Recipient

Elizabeth Bartz, Howland High School, Kent State University, State and Federal Communications

Kayleigh Crumb has been an excellent choice as the first student to receive the recently endowed ‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship Continued on Next Page

See us in person!

Advocacy Leaders' Network, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Public Affairs Council, State and Federal Communications, WGR

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

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lewandowski’s Firm Appears to Offer Trump Meetings” by Kenneth Vogel and Josh Dawsey for Politico Campaign Finance California: “Rep. Continued on Next Page

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