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Archive for July, 2017

Ontario MPP Murray Resigns; No Byelection to be Called

Canada, Ontario

Today, MPP Glen R. Murray of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario announced his resignation from the Legislative Assembly and as Continued on Next Page

Connecticut General Assembly to Meet in Special Session

budget bill, Connecticut, special session

The General Assembly will convene a special session today, July 31, 2017, to vote on an over-due budget proposal. Lawmakers Continued on Next Page

We the People Act of 2017 introduced in US Congress

campaign finance, ethics, FEC, Federal Government, lobbying

On July 28, Rep. David E. Price introduced a 252-page bill which would reform campaign finance laws, amend the current Continued on Next Page

Monday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Roots, Bark and a Burger: Tennessee Sen. Bill Ketron goes to China” by Joel Ebert for The Tennessean Continued on Next Page

Bill Introduced in U.S. House Would Require Cause for Firing OGE Director

ethics, Federal Government, legislative issues, U.S. House of Representatives

On July 27, a bill was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent the firing of a director Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – July 28, 2017

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative sessions

Keeping you informed on all the government and ethics news you can use in this weeks video digest!  

Texas Special Session in Full Swing

special elections, special session, Texas

The Texas Legislature convened a special legislative session July 18, 2017. Property tax was a topic Gov. Greg Abbott immediately Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – July 28, 2017

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

      National: Lobbyist Gift-Giving at Issue in More States Governing – Scott Rodd (Stateline) | Published: 7/21/2017 The laws that govern Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Maryland: “Petroleum Industry Leads Maryland Lobbying Spenders – But Lost” by Michael Dresser for Baltimore Sun Campaign Finance Canada: Continued on Next Page

California Governor Sets Special Election Dates

California, elections, special elections

Gov. Jerry Brown announced special election dates for California’s Assembly District 51. A primary election will be held on October Continued on Next Page

Anaheim, CA to Consider Lobbyist and Ethics Ordinance

California, ethics, lobbying

The Anaheim City Council is set to consider an ethics ordinance at its meeting on July 25. The ordinance proposes Continued on Next Page

NM Sec. of State Releases Revised Campaign Finance Rule Draft

campaign contributions, campaign finance, New Mexico

After the first comment period ended on July 19, Sec. of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has released a revised campaign Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s State Government and Ethics News

elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, procurement

Lobbying New York: “De Blasio Ally Didn’t Register as Lobbyist Despite Big Push for a Donor” by William Neuman for Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Elections Board to Remain Vacant Pending Legal Challenge

elections, ethics, North Carolina

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that pending Gov. Roy Cooper’s legal challenge of Senate Bill 68, which combines state Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Cash Surges to Lobby Firms in Trump Era” by Megan Wilson for The Hill Arizona: “Arizona Legislators Attend Conference Continued on Next Page

Washington Legislature Adjourns Special Session

budget bill, legislative sessions, special session, Washington

On July 20, the Washington Legislature adjourned its third special session sine die. Lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on Continued on Next Page

Alaska to Hold Third Special Session

Alaska, budget bill, special session

On July 27, the Legislature is expected to convene again for a one-day special session to pass the state’s capital Continued on Next Page

Rauner Threatens to Call Lawmakers Back to Springfield

Illinois, legislative issues, legislative sessions

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is threatening to call lawmakers back to Springfield if he does not receive Senate Bill 1, Continued on Next Page

Monday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Ethics “Trump Fills Top Job at Government Ethics Office with a Temporary Appointment” by Eric Lipton for New York Times Continued on Next Page

Maine Legislature to Meet in August

legislative issues, legislative sessions, Maine

Following a brief adjournment on July 3, the Maine Legislature convened for one day on July 20. The Legislature will Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – July 21, 2017

campaign finance, elections, ethics, nycu video digest

Becky Campbell is back to deliver this week’s state government and ethics news you can use!  

News You Can Use Digest – July 21, 2017

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

      Federal: Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions New York Times – Peter Baker, Michael Continued on Next Page

Special Elections for Two Open Seats Scheduled in Mississippi

Mississippi, special elections

Gov. Phil Bryant announced special elections for House Districts 38 and 54 will take place on November 7, 2017. Democrat Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Couple Wants to Make Lobbying Accessible and ‘Good’” by Alex Gangitano for Roll Call Florida: “Lobbyist Give $2,000 to Continued on Next Page

Baltimore County Lobbyists Must Complete Ethics Training

Baltimore, lobbying, Maryland

Bill No. 35-17 was signed by County Exec. Kevin Kamenetz on July 12, 2017. Effective August 26, 2017, registered lobbyists Continued on Next Page

Missouri Ethics Commission Issues Advisory Opinion Regarding Corporate Contributions to PACs

campaign finance, Missouri, political action committee

The Missouri Ethics Commission recently issued an advisory opinion clarifying campaign finance rules for corporations seeking to contribute to PACs. Continued on Next Page

Texas Special Session Convenes

legislative sessions, special session, Texas

The Texas Legislature convened a special session Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Gov. Greg Abbott selected 20 bills for the agenda Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying South Dakota: “Revolving Door Rarely Swings for Lawmakers Returning as Lobbyists” by Dana Ferguson for Sioux Falls Argus Leader Continued on Next Page

Alaska Adjourns Second Special Session

Alaska, legislative sessions, special session

Alaska’s second special session adjourned July 15 with lawmakers ending the oil tax credit program. The Legislature may be called Continued on Next Page

Lobbyist Group Recommends Review of US Lobbying Laws

Federal Government, lobbying

On July 17, the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics (NILE) called on the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Government Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Colorado: “What Does $80 Million Buy Oil and Gas Interests? Voter Profiles, Door Knocking and Influence at Local and Continued on Next Page

Executive Order Bans Appointments of Lobbyists to Alabama Boards and Commissions

Alabama, ethics, lobbying

Gov. Kay Ivey banned lobbyists from executive branch appointments in an executive order dated July 13, 2017. The order states Continued on Next Page

Airbnb, Opponents to File Dueling Lawsuits in New York

ethics, JCOPE, lobbying, New York

Home-sharing website Airbnb is planning to file a formal complaint to call on the Joint Commission on Public Ethics or Continued on Next Page

Monday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Lawmakers Can Use Campaign Funds for Home Security, F.E.C. Says by Nicholas Fandos for New York Times Maine: Continued on Next Page

Hawaii Lawmakers Plan for Special Legislative Session

Hawaii, legislative sessions, special session

Hawaii Senate President Ron Kouchi and House Speaker Scott Saiki recently sent a memorandum to the Hawaii Legislature providing notice Continued on Next Page

October 14 Special Election for Louisiana Treasurer

elections, Louisiana, special elections

A special election for the Louisiana State Treasurer is set for October 14, 2017. Former treasurer John Kennedy vacated the Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – July 14, 2017

ethics, legislative sessions, lobbying, United Way

Before the week is over, be sure to catch up on any state government and ethics news you may have Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – July 14, 2017

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

      National: Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won’t Let Them. New York Times Continued on Next Page

Former Major Lobbyist Moves from Big House to Halfway House

ethics, Ohio

In preparation for his September release, former lobbyist John Raphael was moved from a federal prison in South Carolina to Continued on Next Page

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Akron, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications employees had the opportunity to get out of the office and enjoy a Rubber Ducks baseball Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Governor Sets Special Election

elections, Mississippi, special elections

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special election will take place on September 12, 2017, to fill a vacancy in the Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Canada: “Lobby Group Asked to Stop Offering Access to Ottawa in Exchange for $10,000” by Bill Curry for Globe Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Pennsylvania: “Convicted Ex-Lawmakers Enjoy Access as Lobbyists” by Debra Erdley and Kevin Zwick for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Campaign Finance “Law Continued on Next Page

State and Federal Communications “Stuffs the Bus”

State and Federal Communications, United Way

State and Federal Communications does all it can to give back to the community. One of the main ways we Continued on Next Page

New Brunswick Lobbyists Registrations Due October 1

Canada, lobbying, New Brunswick

Lobbyists have until October 1 to file their first registration and return under New Brunswick’s new lobbying law. Because of Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying California: “California Lawmakers Want Data on Lobbyists’ Race, Sexual Orientation” by Taryn Luna for Sacramento Bee Pennsylvania: “House Approves Continued on Next Page

Flint Residents Vote for Charter Update on Aug. 8th

ethics, lobbying, Michigan

In 2015, voters in Flint, Michigan selected nine members to serve on the Flint Charter Review Commission. Commissioners spent the Continued on Next Page

Oregon Legislature Adjourns; Lobbying Reform Bill Dies

legislative issues, legislative sessions, lobbying, Oregon

The Oregon Legislature adjourned July 7, three days before its July 10 constitutional deadline. In the final days of the Continued on Next Page

Monday’s State Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Washington Firm Discloses Lobbying Senior Trump Officials on Macedonia” by John Hudson for BuzzFeed News Campaign Finance Arizona: “Ex-Arizona Continued on Next Page

Interns Get Connected With Downtown Akron

internship, State and Federal Communications

Every summer State and Federal interns participate in Intern Edge, a program offered by Torchbearers and Leadership Akron. This program Continued on Next Page

See Us In Person!

State and Federal Communications

Attending any of these events in July? State and Federal Communications will see you there! July 10 Akron Community Foundation’s 62nd Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – July 7, 2017

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

      National: CNN Story About Source of Trump Wrestling Video Draws Backlash New York Times – Daniel Victor | Published: 7/5/2017 Continued on Next Page

Director of US Ethics Office Resigns

ethics, Federal Government

Today, Director Walter Shaub Jr. submitted his resignation from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE). Shaub, in his position Continued on Next Page

24 Years and at Our Best

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

Peter Drucker once said, “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” I am hardly the Continued on Next Page

North Carolina General Assembly Adjourns Session

legislative issues, legislative sessions, North Carolina

On June 30, the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned. The resolution to adjourn has lawmakers scheduled to reconvene in August Continued on Next Page

Oregon House to Consider Lobbying Reform Bill

ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, Oregon

Senate Bill 43, a bill to modify Oregon’s lobbyist registration and reporting requirements, is set for its third reading in Continued on Next Page

Alaska Legislative Session Continues

Alaska, budget bill, legislative sessions

Gov. Bill Walker signed a shutdown-averting $8.8 billion state operating budget into law; however, the Alaska Legislature remains in session Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, procurement

Lobbying “Florida Lobbyist Turning Trump Ties into Mega-Millions” by Rachel Wilson for Center for Public Integrity Campaign Finance Canada: “Justin Continued on Next Page

Political Intelligence Transparency Act of 2017 Would Require Disclosure

ethics, Federal Government, lobbying, U.S. House of Representatives

In June, Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter introduced a bill to regulate political intelligence activities. House Bill 2819, the Political Intelligence Transparency Continued on Next Page

Baltimore County Council Passes Lobbyist Training Requirement

Baltimore, ethics, lobbying, Maryland

The Baltimore County Council passed an ethics bill requiring training for certain county government officials and registered lobbyists. The bill Continued on Next Page

Maine Legislature Recesses

budget bill, legislative sessions, Maine

The Maine 2017 regular session recessed on July 3, 2017. The Legislature failed to pass a budget on June 30, Continued on Next Page

Delaware Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

budget bill, Delaware, legislative sessions

Despite working into the early hours of Saturday morning, the Delaware Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session on July 1, Continued on Next Page

New York Special Session Adjourns

legislative issues, legislative sessions, New York, New York City

The New York Legislature’s two-day special session adjourned sine die on June 29, 2017. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the special Continued on Next Page

Maine Bans Certain Gifts to Health Care Practitioners

legislative issues, Maine

In an attempt to prevent doctors from overprescribing opioids, the Maine Legislature recently passed a bill prohibiting manufacturers or wholesalers, Continued on Next Page

Tip Sheet – Ethics Implications for Expenditures at National Conferences

ethics, State and Federal Communications, Tip Sheet

What do the National Conference of State Legislatures, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the Council of State Governments have Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance Use of Campaign Money for Lawmakers’ Security Requested by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA Alabama: Civil Penalties Now Continued on Next Page

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