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NYCU Video Digest – September 29, 2017

elections, ethics, legislative issues, legislative sessions, lobbying, nycu video digest

Jon Spontarelli is delivering this weeks news you can use digest from the Public Affairs Council State and Local Government Continued on Next Page

North Dakota Legislators to Sue Governor over Vetoes

legislative issues, North Dakota

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the Legislative Management Committee voted 12-4 in favor of filing a lawsuit in North Continued on Next Page

New Arkansas Lobbyist Registration and Reporting System

Arkansas, lobbying

Beginning October 1, 2017, all lobbyists must register and file reports through the new lobbyist registration and reporting system. The Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – September 29, 2017

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

      National: GOP Governors Launch a ‘News’ Website with a Mission to Get Themselves Elected Business Insider – Continued on Next Page

Hawaii Lawmakers Confirm Judicial Appointments in Second Special Legislative Session

Hawaii, special session

The Hawaii Senate convened a two-day special legislative session on Monday, September 25, to confirm two judicial appointments. Choosing from Continued on Next Page

OGE Legal Advisory Issued: Anonymous Contributions to Federal Employees’ Legal Defense Funds Prohibited

contributions, Office of Government Ethics

Today, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) issued a Legal Advisory memo explicitly stating the OGE’s view anonymous contributions to Continued on Next Page

California Moves Date of Presidential Primary

California, elections

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 568 on September 27, moving up the state’s presidential primary to March 3, 2020. Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Illinois: “Lobbying Is All in the Zalewski Family” by W.J. Kennedy for Chicago City Wire Missouri: “Ethics Panel Fines Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying California: “Anaheim’s Lobbyist Sunshine Ordinance Will Be Largely Self-Enforced” by Thy Vo for Voice of OC Campaign Finance Connecticut: Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Skadden, Big New York Law Firm, Faces Questions on Work with Manafort” by Kenneth Vogel and Andrew Kramer for Continued on Next Page

West Virginia State Delegate Passes Away

West Virginia

State Delegate Tony Lewis of Preston died of cancer on Sunday, September 24, 2017. In a statement, Speaker Tim Armstead Continued on Next Page

4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut Adjourns as Writ for October Election Issued

Canada, elections, Nunavut

Today, the writ for the October 30 general election for all 22 Legislative Assembly Members’ seats is being issued after Continued on Next Page

Alaska Governor Officially Calls Fourth Special Legislative Session

Alaska, legislative sessions, special session

Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation to convene the Legislature’s fourth special session on October 23 to address revenue and Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Connecticut: SEEC asks Malloy to keep campaign finance law out of future budget negotiations by Mike Savino for Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – September 22, 2017

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Coming to you this week from the Greek Festival in Akron, Ohio is Becky Campbell with News You Can Use Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – September 22, 2017

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

      National: Request Denied: States try to block access to public records San Jose Mercury News – Andrew Continued on Next Page

Montana Governor to Consider Special Session

Montana, special session

This week, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock discussed calling a special session of the Legislature to address how to pay the Continued on Next Page

Wyoming Committee Chairman Resigns from Legislature

Wyoming

The Wyoming House Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Source Committee Chairman has resigned from the state Legislature due Continued on Next Page

Georgia Special Election Called for House District 4

Georgia, special elections

A special election for House District 4 will be held on November 7, 2017. Rep. Bruce Broadrick resigned the Dalton Continued on Next Page

San Antonio Ethics and Campaign Finance Revisions Move to Council for Approval

campaign contributions, ethics, San Antonio, Texas

Recommendations by the city’s Ethics Review Board are on their way to be reviewed by the full City Council after Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Trump Using Campaign, RNC Funds to Pay Legal Bills from Russia Probe: Sources” by Karen Freifeld and Ginger Continued on Next Page

Rhode Island Legislature Meeting in Rare Fall Session

Rhode Island, special session

Rhode Island lawmakers returned this week to work through legislation abandoned by the General Assembly’s abrupt recess in June amid Continued on Next Page

Michigan Governor Signs Campaign Finance Bills into Law

campaign finance, Citizens United, Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder signed two campaign finance bills accounting for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United into law Continued on Next Page

Two Campaign Finance Bills Pass Michigan Legislature

campaign finance, Citizens United, Michigan

The Michigan Legislature passed two campaign finance bills accounting for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United from 2010. Continued on Next Page

Lobbyist Leaves Firm to Take Seat in Oregon Legislature

Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown administered the oath of office to the now-former lobbyist for powerful public employee unions SEIU Local 503 Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Maryland: “Maryland Lobbyist Charged in Bribery Scandal Linked to Prince George’s County Liquor Board” by Scott MacFarlane for WRC Continued on Next Page

Seattle City Council Selects City’s Third Mayor in Less Than a Week

Seattle, Washington

The Seattle City Council has chosen Councilman Tim Burgess to replace Council President Bruce Harrell as temporary mayor of the Continued on Next Page

Special Election Announced for Open Pennsylvania House Seat

Pennsylvania, special elections

House Speaker Mike Turzai announced a special election will be held for House District 133 on December 5, 2017. Rep. Continued on Next Page

Utah Special Session Called

special session, Utah

The Utah Legislature will meet in a special legislative session Wednesday September 20, 2017, to consider a proposed $11.4 million Continued on Next Page

British Columbia Campaign Finance Bills Bans Corporation Contributions

British Columbia, campaign finance, Canada

On September 18, British Columbia’s Attorney General David Eby submitted a new campaign bill in the Legislative Assembly that would Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics

Campaign Finance California: “Why Didn’t School Board President Ref Rodriguez Just Write Himself a Big Check?” by David Zahniser, Anna Continued on Next Page

Maine Special Election Called for House District 56

Maine, special elections

Gov. Paul LePage called a special election for House District 56. The seat’s holder, Rep. Gina Mason, passed away unexpectedly Continued on Next Page

California Legislature Adjourns

California, legislative issues, legislative sessions

The California Legislature adjourned in the early hours of September 16. Bills passed in the late-night session include Senate Bill Continued on Next Page

Elections Canada: House of Commons By-election Date is October 23

Canada, elections, special elections

On September 17, Elections Canada announced two by-elections for the House of Commons will be held on October 23. The Continued on Next Page

Los Angeles Ethics Commission Looking to Amend Lobbying Ordinances

California, ethics, lobbying, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission has recommended multiple changes to the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance. These changes include increasing the registration Continued on Next Page

Oregon Legislators Getting Head Start on 2018 Session

legislative sessions, Oregon

Lawmakers are meeting this week for three legislative days to start discussions on bills they would like to pass during Continued on Next Page

OGE Director: Anonymous Contributions to Federal Employees’ Legal Defense Funds Prohibited

ethics, Federal Government, Office of Government Ethics

On September 15, the head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) said in an interview with Politico anonymous contributions Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Campaign Finance California: “L.A. School Board President Faces Felony Charges Over Campaign Contributions” by Anna Phillips, David Zahniser, and Howard Continued on Next Page

San Antonio Finalizes Campaign Finance Proposals

campaign finance, ethics, San Antonio, Texas

After review and finalization, a package of campaign finance code revisions is going to the City Council Governance Committee for Continued on Next Page

Colorado Governor Calls for Special Legislative Session in October

Colorado, legislative issues, special session

Gov. John Hickenlooper has called a special legislative session on Oct. 2 to fix a budgeting issue that resulted from Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – September 15, 2017

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, nycu video digest

Jonathan Spontarelli is here to deliver this week’s News You Can Use from the new Washington D.C. branch of State Continued on Next Page

Minnesota Supreme Court Orders Mediation for Governor and Legislature

Minnesota

The Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a district court ruling Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item vetoes unconstitutional. In May, Dayton line-item vetoed Continued on Next Page

Bill Amending Revolving Door for Lobbyists Awaits California Governor’s Signature

California, lobbying, revolving door

A bill further restricting revolving door provisions was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. Assembly Bill 1620 would change Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called for Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma, special elections

Gov. Mary Fallin has called a special election to fill a vacant seat in Oklahoma Senate District 27. Bryce Marlatt Continued on Next Page

Recognizing the 10-Year Anniversary of HLOGA—Cheers

ethics, Federal Government, HLOGA, lobbying

The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA) of 2007 was enacted 10 years ago. It is a law of Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – September 15, 2017

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use, political contributions

      National: How Anna Nicole Smith’s Billionaire In Laws Secretly Lobbied the Courts Bloomberg.com – Zachary Mider | Published: 9/13/2017 When Continued on Next Page

OGE: Federal Employee’s Legal Defense Funds May Possibly Accept Anonymous Contributions

ethics, Federal Government, Office of Government Ethics

A change of a note regarding an Office of Government Ethics (OGE) guidance document from 1993 may open the door Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called for Tennessee Senate Seat

special elections, Tennessee

Gov. Bill Haslam recently issued a writ of election to fill a vacancy in Tennessee Senate District 17. Mae Beavers Continued on Next Page

Denver City Council Amends Campaign Finance Ordinance

campaign finance, Colorado, Denver

Denver City Council unanimously approved a proposal to close a loophole allowing campaign spending to go unreported if not coordinated Continued on Next Page

Maine Rep. Gina Mason Passes Away

Maine, special elections

State Rep. Gina Mason passed away unexpectedly on September 5, 2017. Mason, mother of Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, was Continued on Next Page

President Nominates Trey Trainor for FEC Commissioner

FEC, Federal Election Commission, Federal Government

On September 12, President Donald J. Trump nominated Trey Trainor to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission Continued on Next Page

Seattle Mayor Resigns after Another Victim Speaks Out

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned after his cousin stepped forward as the fifth man to accuse Murray publicly of sexually Continued on Next Page

JCOPE To Have Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Regulations

ethics, JCOPE, lobbying, New York

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) issued a call to concerned individuals for comments regarding the Notice Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying “How Anna Nicole Smith’s Billionaire In Laws Secretly Lobbied the Courts” by Zachary Mider for Bloomberg.com “Russian Network RT Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying California: “California May Slow Revolving Door of Legislators Becoming Lobbyists” by Patrick McGreevy for Los Angeles Times Tennessee: “Lobbyists Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, lobbying

Lobbying Pennsylvania: “Elect Them, Then Lobby Them: Two firms blur the worlds of policy and politics in Harrisburg” by Angela Continued on Next Page

Florida Governor Announces Special Election for Open House Seat

Florida, special elections

Gov. Rick Scott has announced a special election to fill an opening in the House of Representatives. Rep. Alexandra Miller Continued on Next Page

Secretary of State Adopts New Campaign Finance Rules for New Mexico

campaign finance, New Mexico

On September 8, 2017, Sec. of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver adopted campaign finance rules after three months of public hearings Continued on Next Page

Campaign Finance Riders in House Financial Services Appropriations Bill

campaign finance, contributions, Federal Government, political contributions

Several provisions added last week to the House Financial Services appropriations bill would alter some federal campaign laws. The legislation Continued on Next Page

Special Elections Announced in Georgia

elections, Georgia, special elections

Several special elections have been called in Georgia to fill vacancies in the state legislature. The openings are in the Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, procurement

Campaign Finance New Mexico: New Campaign Spending Rules to Take Effect by Dan Boyd for Albuquerque Journal New York: Firm Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – September 8, 2017

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative sessions, lobbying, nycu video digest

 Becky is coming to you from the Content Marketing World 2017 conference in Cleveland, Ohio with this week’s News You Continued on Next Page

Ask the Experts – Lobbyist Reporting

Ask the Experts, lobbying, lobbyist

Q: I have been out of the office on an extended vacation.  I just noticed a reminder e-mail that I have Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – September 8, 2017

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use, political contributions

      National: Software Glitch or Russian Hackers? Election Problems Draw Little Scrutiny New York Times – Nicole Pearlroth, Continued on Next Page

Bucket of States to Still Visit

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

Writing a monthly column doesn’t come easy for me…I want to find something to pique your interest but not make Continued on Next Page

Indiana Republicans Choose Replacement for Retiring State Senator

elections, Indiana, special elections

Indiana State Sen. Luke Kenley is retiring effective September 30. He represented Senate District 20 for 25 years, and was Continued on Next Page

Trump Nominates FEC Commissioner for Federal Judgeship

FEC, Federal Election Commission, Federal Government

On September 7, President Donald J. Trump nominated Matthew Spencer Petersen, a commissioner with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), to Continued on Next Page

State and Federal Communications August Scrapbook

State and Federal Communications

Check out these photos from a busy August at State and Federal Communications!          

Thursday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “A Two-Decade Crusade by Conservative Charities Fueled Trump’s Exit from Paris Climate Accord” by Robert O’Harrow Jr. for Washington Continued on Next Page

LNC File Suit Against FEC: Contribution Limits on Bequests

campaign contributions, campaign finance, FEC, Federal Government

On September 5, the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) filed a lawsuit arguing federal contribution limits of bequests are unconstitutional. In Continued on Next Page

California Governor Signs Two Bills Amending the Political Reform Act of 1974

California, campaign finance, lobbying, revolving door

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 187 and Assembly Bill 551 into law on September 1, amending both lobbying and Continued on Next Page

Writ for Nunavut October 30 Election to be Issued September 25

Canada, elections, Nunavut

On September 25, the writ for the October 30 general election for all 22 Legislative Assembly Members’ seats will be issued. The Continued on Next Page

Alaska Governor Plans Fourth Special Session

Alaska, special session

Alaska Governor Bill Walker asked his legislative director to notify legislators he will be calling a special session to convene Continued on Next Page

Denver City Council to Consider Amending Campaign Finance Law

campaign finance, Colorado, Denver, political contributions

Denver City Council is attempting to close a loophole allowing campaign spending to go unreported if not coordinated directly with Continued on Next Page

South Carolina Lawmaker Resigns

ethics, South Carolina

State Rep. Jim Merrill resigned from the Legislature last week, just prior to appearing in court. He has been suspended Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, procurement

Lobbying Delaware: “Politics of Persuasion: Dozens of lobbyists now work the legislature for more than 200 groups” by Matt Bittle Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Maine: “State Workers Drop Mandatory Union Fees in Favor of More Pay” by Scott Thistle for Portland Press Herald Continued on Next Page

The Offices of State and Federal Communications Will Be Closed Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day

State and Federal Communications

We hope you enjoy some quality time with friends and family this labor day weekend. We’ll be back Tuesday, September Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Legislature Adjourns, Agrees to Reconvene in October

legislative sessions, North Carolina, special session

The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned on August 31 after finishing a two-week special session. Members voted on new legislative Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – September 1, 2017

elections, ethics, legislative sessions, nycu video digest

Becky is here to recap all the government, ethics and elections news from around the country.  

Arizona Corporation Commission Considering Code of Ethics

Arizona, ethics

On August 31, the Arizona Corporation Commission held a workshop to develop a code of ethics for the commission. Commission Continued on Next Page

LePage Threatens Possibility of Special Session

legislative issues, Maine, special session

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has indicated he plans to call the Legislature into a special session later this year. LePage Continued on Next Page

Budget Shortfalls May Bring Special Session for Iowa

Iowa, special session

Gov. Kim Reynolds stated she will decide whether to call a special session of the Iowa Legislature in September. A Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – September 1, 2017

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use, pay-to-play, procurement

      National: Campaign Regulation Foes Targeting State-Level Restrictions Center for Public Integrity – Ashley Balcerzak | Published: 8/31/2017 Having won significant Continued on Next Page

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