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NYCU Video Digest – June 30, 2017

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All the state government and ethics news you might have missed in this weeks video digest!  

News You Can Use Digest – June 30, 2017

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      Federal: Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Files as Foreign Agent for Ukraine Work Washington Post – Continued on Next Page

San Jose, CA Council Adopts Weekly Lobbyist Reporting Ordinance; Rejects Gift Limit Increase

California, gift law, lobbying, San Jose

On June 27, the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to reject an ordinance changing San Jose’s gift ordinance to Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Rep. Don Haggar Resigns

elections, South Dakota

On June 27, Rep. Don Haggar, a Republican lawmaker from Sioux Falls, resigned effective immediately from his District 10 position Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Legislature Adjourns

budget bill, legislative sessions, West Virginia

On June 26, the West Virginia Legislature adjourned its special session sine die. Lawmakers approved a budget after months of Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Files as Foreign Agent for Ukraine Work” by Tom Hamburger and Rosalind Helderman Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump Appointee Is a Saudi Government Lobbyist” by Carrie Levine for Center for Public Integrity Ethics “‘Give Me a Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Arkansas: “Arkansas Panel Advises Limit to Pot Lobbyists’ Pay” by Brian Fanney for Arkansas Online Canada: “Commissioner’s Report Indicates Continued on Next Page

Summit County United Way Day of Action

State and Federal Communications, United Way

Written by interns Katelynn Chilson and Olivia Williams: State and Federal Communications has a strong commitment to helping our community. Continued on Next Page

Hawaii Governor Signs Ethics and Lobbying Bills into Law

ethics, Hawaii, lobbying

On Thursday, June 22, Gov. David Ige signed three bills amending state lobbying and ethics laws. Among other things, the Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called for Iowa’s House District 82

Iowa, special elections

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for House District 82. The special election has been called to fill the Continued on Next Page

New York Legislature Adjourns

legislative issues, legislative sessions, New York City

The 2017 legislative session adjourned shortly before midnight on June 21, 2017. Lawmakers adjourned the session without a deal to Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Ex-Lobbyists Swarm Trump Administration, despite ‘Drain the Swamp’ Pledge” by Fredreka Schouten for USA Today California: “San Jose Politicians Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – June 22, 2017

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Becky Campbell is here covering the state government and ethics news from around the country in this week’s video digest! Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – June 23, 2017

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      National: As Pot Comes Out of the Black Market, Regulators Face Scrutiny Boston Herald; Associated Press – Continued on Next Page

San Jose, CA Lobbyist Reporting and Gift Ordinances Set for Final Reading

California, gift law, lobbying, San Jose

On June 20, the San Jose City Council approved changes to require lobbyists to file online reports every Monday if Continued on Next Page

Washington Legislature Convenes Third Special Session

budget bill, legislative sessions, special session, Washington

On June 21, the Washington Legislature adjourned its second special session sine die. Lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on Continued on Next Page

Massachusetts Special Election to be Called

Massachusetts, special elections

A special election will be called for the 1st Berkshire State Representative Seat to replace Rep. Gailanne Cariddi. Rep. Cariddi, Continued on Next Page

Utah Special Election Process Might Face Legal Challenge

elections, special elections, Utah

The United Utah Party, a state party created at the end of May, will likely file suit to compel the Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Kentucky: “Ethics Panel Appeals Ruling That Allows Lobbyists to Give Gifts, Money to Lawmakers” by Jack Brammer for Lexington Continued on Next Page

Maine Legislature Extends First Regular Session

legislative sessions, Maine

The first regular session of the 128th Legislature has been extended for up to five legislative days. Originally, statutory adjournment Continued on Next Page

Kentucky Ethics Commission Votes to Appeal Ruling Allowing Lobbyist Gifts

ethics, Kentucky

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission unanimously voted to appeal a recent ruling striking down state ethics laws. District Court Judge Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying California: “Lobbying Firm Fined $4,000 for Violating Gift Limit Buying Dinner for Former State Sen. Ronald Calderon” by Patrick Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Adjourns Special Session

budget bill, legislative sessions, Louisiana, special session

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned the second special session Friday, June 16, 2017 after passing the state’s budget. The Legislature could Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying “Book Explores How Lobbyists Fill a Void in Congress” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call Hawaii: “What Honolulu Lobbyists Continued on Next Page

San Jose, CA to Consider Changes to Lobbyist Reporting and Gift Ordinances

California, ethics, lobbying, San Jose

The San Jose City Council is set to consider new lobbyist regulations at its meeting on June 20. As proposed, Continued on Next Page

Alaska Convenes Second Special Session

Alaska, budget bill, legislative sessions, special session

The Alaska Legislature’s first special session ran out of time on June 16 without lawmakers passing a budget bill to Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, procurement

Campaign Finance “This Hyperpartisan Conservative Site Is Connected To Several Pro-Trump PACs” by Craig Silverman Tarini Parti for BuzzFeed News Continued on Next Page

British Columbia Lawmakers Reconvene on June 22

British Columbia, Canada, elections, legislative sessions

On June 22, the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia will resume following an election without any clear mandate for the Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – June 16, 2017

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Becky is back with State Government and Ethics News You Can Use from around the country in this week’s video Continued on Next Page

New Rules for NYC Campaign Finance Board

campaign finance, New York City

On June 15, 2017, the New York City Campaign Finance Board approved rules to be effective on July 23, 2017. Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Sec. of State Proposes New Campaign Finance Rule

campaign finance, legislative issues, New Mexico

Sec. of State Maggie Toulouse is using her rulemaking authority over all persons, candidates, and committees covered by the Campaign Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – June 16, 2017

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      Federal: After the Shootings, Calls for Unity Amid Recriminations and Finger-Pointing Washington Post – Dan Balz | Published: 6/14/2017 From Continued on Next Page

Orange County, CA Opens Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission

California, campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, Orange County

Orange County’s Office of Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission is now open. In 2016, voters approved a measure to create Continued on Next Page

Vermont Governor Signs Ethics Bill

ethics, legislative issues, Vermont

Gov. Phil Scott signed Senate Bill 8 today, approving the creation of a state code of ethics and a state Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called for Oklahoma Senate District 37

Oklahoma, special elections

Gov. Mary Fallin ordered a special election for Oklahoma Senate District 37. Sen. Dan Newberry resigned in June to seek Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

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Campaign Finance Missouri: “Questions Mount on List of Charity Donors at Center of Greitens Ethics Fine” by Jason Hancock for Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

elections, ethics, legislative issues

Ethics “Jeff Sessions Testifies: Refuses to say whether he spoke to Trump about Comey’s handling of Russia investigation” by Sari Continued on Next Page

Scheduled Maintenance for Hawaii Campaign Finance Filing System

campaign finance, Hawaii

The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission’s electronic filing systems will be offline for system maintenance from June 20, 2017, to June Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying “Lobbyists’ Foreign Agent Filing Raises Questions” by John Hudson for BuzzFeed.com Campaign Finance Arizona: “What Happens When One of Continued on Next Page

Kansas Legislature Adjourns Regular Session

Kansas, legislative sessions

The Kansas Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session on June 10, 2017. The session went 13 days beyond the scheduled Continued on Next Page

Legislative Assembly of Nunavut Adjourns for the Summer

Canada, legislative sessions, Nunavut

On June 8, the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut adjourned for the summer. Legislation considered by lawmakers this session included amendments Continued on Next Page

Puerto Ricans Vote on Issue of Statehood

Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans went to the polls Sunday to vote on whether Puerto Rico should become America’s 51st state. Voters chose Continued on Next Page

Two New Commissioners Appointed to JCOPE

ethics, JCOPE, New York

James Yates and Marvin Ray Raskin have been appointed to the Joint Commission of Public Ethics (JCOPE). Yates previously served Continued on Next Page

Los Angeles to Review Lobbyist Registration Requirements

California, ethics, lobbying

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission announced the start of a comprehensive review of the lobbying ordinance. The review will focus Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Ethics Commission to Increase Fees for all Filers

ethics, lobbying, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission voted last week to increase registration fees by $50 for all filers, including political action committees, Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying New York: “Uber Reaches $98K Settlement Over Millions in Unreported Lobbying” by Chris Bragg for Albany Times Union Ohio: Continued on Next Page

Legislative Assembly of Alberta Adjourned

Alberta, Canada, legislative issues, legislative sessions

On June 6, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada, adjourned for the summer. Legislation passed during the 3rd Session of Continued on Next Page

Quebec’s Commissioner of Lobbying Calls for Lobbying Law Reform

Canada, ethics, lobbying, Quebec

On June 8, Quebec’s Commissioner of Lobbying François Casgrain, scheduled to retire this month, urged lawmakers to pass lobbying law Continued on Next Page

Wisconsin Legislator to Introduce Campaign Finance Package

campaign finance, ethics, gift law, political action committee, political contributions, Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Sen. Chris Larson is introducing eight bills aimed at amending state campaign finance laws. The bills would restore Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – June 9, 2017

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 Becky Campbell is here to deliver all the government relations and ethics news you can use from around the country Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Lawmakers Reject Call for Special Session

legislative sessions, North Carolina, special session

On June 8, North Carolina lawmakers voted to reject Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for a special concurrent session to redraw Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Special Session Convenes Minutes After Adjournment of Regular Session

budget bill, Louisiana, special session

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned its regular legislative session Thursday, June 8, 2017, and immediately convened a 12-day special legislative session Continued on Next Page

Alabama Ethics Commission Declines to Vote on Advisory Opinion Involving Site Consultants

Alabama, ethics, lobbying

The Alabama Ethics Commission declined to vote on an advisory opinion recommending site consultants for companies considering moving to Alabama Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – June 9, 2017

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      National: How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money into His Business Forbes – Dan Alexander | Published: 6/6/2017 The Eric Continued on Next Page

Special Session Called in South Dakota

legislative issues, South Dakota, special session

Gov. Dennis Daugaard called a special session for June 12 to consider legislation relating to public recreational use of non-meandered Continued on Next Page

Connecticut General Assembly Adjourns, Special Session Still to Come

Connecticut, legislative sessions, special session

The Connecticut General Assembly adjourned the 2017 regular session Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Lawmakers will have to return for a Continued on Next Page

Special Concurrent Session Called in North Carolina

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

On June 7, Gov. Roy Cooper called a 14-day special session for North Carolina lawmakers to redraw district voting maps. Continued on Next Page

Missouri Governor Calls Second Special Legislative Session

legislative issues, Missouri, special session

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has called a special legislative session to consider new abortion regulations. The extraordinary session is slated Continued on Next Page

Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Ethics Laws

ethics, Kentucky, lobbying

In a 35-page order, a federal judge dismantled some of the toughest ethics laws in the country. U.S. District Judge Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Kentucky: “Judge Tosses Ethics Rules for Kentucky Lobbyists, Lawmakers” by Adam Beam (Associated Press) for U.S. News & World Continued on Next Page

Texas Governor Calls July Special Session

legislative issues, special session, Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott called a special session of the Texas Legislature on Tuesday in an effort to push through a Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying Texas: “City Officials Question Oversight of Visit Austin” by Shonda Novak for Austin American-Statesman Utah: “Utah Bars Fighting the Continued on Next Page

Manitoba Election Law Amendments Receive Royal Assent

campaign finance, Canada, legislative sessions, Manitoba

On June 1, the 2nd Session of The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, which began on November 21, 2016, adjourned until Continued on Next Page

Nevada Legislature Adjourns

budget bill, legislative sessions, Nevada

The 79th session of the Nevada Legislature adjourned just after midnight local time on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. A package Continued on Next Page

Supreme Court Rules North Carolina Districts Racially Gerrymandered; Remedial Special Election Vacated

North Carolina, U.S. Supreme Court

On June 5, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling that 28 state House and Senate Districts in Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Completes Special Session

budget bill, Mississippi, special session

Lawmakers finished a special session in one day, adjourning late Monday, June 5, 2017. The Legislature passed funding bills for Continued on Next Page

Florida Governor Calls Lawmakers into Special Session

budget bill, Florida, special session

Gov. Rick Scott has called the Legislature into a special session to finalize the state budget. The session is scheduled Continued on Next Page

See us in person!

State and Federal Communications

Attending any of these events in June? Make sure you say hi to the State and Federal Communications Team! June 7 GAIN: Continued on Next Page

Ask the Experts – Does the 5% de minimus Rule Apply to your LD-2 Quarterly Report?

Ask the Experts, Federal Government, lobbying

Q. We file our federal LD-2 quarterly lobbying reports under the IRC definitions.  Does the IRC 5 percent de minimus Continued on Next Page

May Photo Scrapbook

State and Federal Communications

Check out some photos from staff anniversaries we celebrated in April and May! And don’t forget to check out our Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

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Campaign Finance District of Columbia: “Council Member Todd Gets Minor Fine for Many Campaign Finance Infractions” by Aaron Davis for Continued on Next Page

Several Legislatures Adjourn in Canada

Canada, legislative sessions, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec

Several Canadian legislative sessions adjourned last week: On June 2, the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories adjourned. Legislation considered this Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Legislature Begins Special Session

legislative sessions, Mississippi

Lawmakers return to Jackson today for a special session to deal with unresolved budget issues. Spending plans for the attorney Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbyists Don’t Get Business Boom with Trump” by Sean McMinn and Kate Ackley for Roll Call “Special Counsel Mueller Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Judges Dismiss Legal Challenge Against Elections and Ethics Boards Merger

ethics, North Carolina

On June 1, a three-judge panel unanimously dismissed Gov. Roy Cooper’s legal challenge against Senate Bill 68. Senate Bill 68 Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – June 2, 2017

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Becky Campbell is back to deliver any government relations and ethics news you might have missed in this weeks News Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Governor Calls for Precautionary Special Session

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This week, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a call for a special session of the Louisiana Legislature as a precautionary Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – June 2, 2017

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      National: The GOP Inherits What Trump Has Wrought Washington Post – Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa | Published: 5/26/2017 President Trump Continued on Next Page

Florida Governor Sets Special Election for Open House Seat

Florida, special elections

Gov. Rick Scott set the dates for a special election for House District 44. The primary election will be held Continued on Next Page

Recognizing a Fabulous Anniversary

20th Anniversary, State and Federal Communications

It isn’t everyday someone walks in your doors and stays for 20 years. I am not talking about my husband Continued on Next Page

Phoenix City Council Approves Lobbying Ordinance

Arizona, lobbying, Phoenix

The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to give final approval to the city’s lobbying ordinance overhaul. Under the amended rules, Continued on Next Page

Alaska Budget Gridlock Threatens to Layoff State Employees

Alaska, budget bill, legislative sessions

The Alaska Legislature is still at work trying to pass a budget bill to resolve the state’s annual $2.7 billion Continued on Next Page

Canada Federal: Bill Introduce to Increase Transparency for Political Fundraisers

Canada, political contributions

On May 31, legislation was introduced in the Federal Parliament of Canada to increase transparency concerning political fundraising events. House Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Arizona: “Arizona Attorney General Investigating Phoenix Law Firm’s Falsified Lobbying Documents” by Dustin Gardiner and Rob O’Dell for Arizona Continued on Next Page

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