George Ticoras, Esq., Author at State and Federal Communications

Joe Biden - by The White House, Public domain

On September 9, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. signed two executive orders dealing with COVID-19: one requiring mandatory vaccinations for all federal employees and another requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to do the same. Biden, in a televised speech about […]

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British Columbia flag - by: Makaristos

On September 9, the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists for British Columbia (ORL) will implement a change to its online registry that will allow for streamlining the process for declaring certain coalition activities. The change involves answering additional questions […]

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Province House, Nova Scotia - Louperivois

The provincial general election for Nova Scotia will be held on Tuesday, August 17. This 41st provincial general election will be held to elect a member in each of the 55 electoral districts to serve in the House of Assembly. […]

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The Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building

On July 20, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced indictments against three individuals alleged to have illegally lobbied for a foreign government, including billionaire Thomas Joseph Barrack, one-time Chairman of the 2016 Presidential Inaugural Committee and informal advisor for […]

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Lobbyists in Pennsylvania will soon be required to disclose any equity held in a client they represent. House Bill 336, a state budget and operations bill that became law on July 9 without the signature of Gov. Tom Wolf, includes […]

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US Capitol - by Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons

On July 6, legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would require corporations to disclose to their shareholders the amounts disbursed for certain political activity. H.R. 4359, introduced by Rep. Matt Cartwright, was referred to the Ways […]

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Alberta Legislature Building - Timorose

On June 16, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta adjourned for the summer. Lawmakers passed Bill 68, the Election Statutes Amendment Act, 2021, which unambiguously states that a member of the Legislative Assembly, including a member of the Executive Council in […]

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Temporary Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Ethics Committee of the Canadian House of Commons issued a report this month making recommendations for the House and the executive branch, including recommending greater recording-keeping when meeting with lobbyists. Specifically, the committee urges the Government of Canada to […]

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Legislative Assembly of Ontario building - Saforrest (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)

On June 8, an Ontario, Canada Superior Court judge struck down a section of the province’s Election Finances Act that mandated a 12-month pre-election period restricting third party advertising. Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward M. Morgan’s decision, Working Families Ontario […]

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Legislative Assembly of Ontario building - Saforrest (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)

On June 3, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario adjourned for the summer. Bill 162, Public Accountability and Lobbyist Transparency Act, 2020, has remained in committees since March of 2020. Changes the legislation could bring include requiring any member of the […]

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Manitoba Legislative Building

On June 1, the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba adjourned for the summer. Bill 222, The Lobbyists Registration Amendment Act, was introduced in March, but has not yet moved beyond the first reading. The bill would remove the exemption for union […]

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US Capitol - by Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons

On May 24, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to prohibit political campaigns from using tactics that unwittingly enter donors into recurring contributions. The legislation, Senate Bill 1786, was created in response to a unanimous Federal Election Commission […]

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Temporary Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Sometime before November 16, 2021, a by-election will be announced for the seat in the House of Commons representing Haldimand–Norfolk in the province of Ontario. On May 20, the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Stéphane Perrault, received official notice from […]

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British Columbia Legislature

On May 12, the British Columbia Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists released an updated guidance document concerning provincial entities. The most prominent update concerns reporting when lobbying regional health authorities. The Office of the Registrar interprets health authorities to […]

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