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The Philadelphia Board of Ethics revised a regulation governing coordinated campaign expenditures. Regulation 1 considers expenditures to be coordinated if they are made based on instructions received from a campaign. A public communication from a campaign may constitute instructions if […]

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit issued a ruling allowing trade associations representing banks to make campaign contributions. The New Jersey state law prohibits banks from providing financial support to candidates, but the court found there is […]

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Two special elections have been scheduled for November 8 to fill the vacant Philadelphia City Council seats in Districts 7 and 9. Both seats were vacated when councilors Maria Quinones Sanchez and Cherelle Parker resigned last week to run for […]

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New Hampshire Lawmakers will return to session on September 15 to decide whether to override eight vetoes issued by Gov. Sununu. Because the veto session follows the state’s primary elections, some senators and representatives may participate even after losing their […]

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The Massachusetts Legislature adjourned its formal session August 1 after a historic 23-hour session. Before adjourning, lawmakers passed laws legalizing sports betting, expanding mental health care, and overhauling regulations related to recreational marijuana. The Legislature will continue to meet in […]

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A special election has been scheduled for the vacant District 5 seat to be held on November 8. The District 5 seat became vacant when Councilor Corey O’Connor was appointed the new Allegheny County Controller by the Pennsylvania Senate. The […]

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July 6, 2022  •  

New York Special Session Adjourns

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The New York General Assembly adjourned its extraordinary session on July 1. Lawmakers passed new gun safety legislation and approved a proposal to guarantee abortion rights at the state level, taking the first step in a multi-year process to amend […]

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The 151st session of the Delaware General Assembly adjourned sine die on Thursday, June 30. Though bills related to campaign finance law were introduced, none were passed. Before adjourning, lawmakers passed a package of six gun safety laws and a […]

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June 27, 2022  •  

New York Special Session Scheduled

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Gov. Hochul will reconvene the New York General Assembly for a special session on June 30 to address the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision invalidating a portion of the state’s concealed carry law. It is not yet clear when the special […]

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The Center for Judicial Accountability filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the New York Ethics Commission Reform Act of 2022. The act was passed as part of the state’s budget bill and would replace the Joint Commission on Public […]

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Portland, Maine City Council adopted an ethics code that will apply to the council members. The ethics code adopts and incorporates by reference several provisions of state law, including the sections on improper influence and improper gifts to public servants […]

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The Springfield, Massachusetts City Council authorized a special election for the vacant Ward 5 seat with a primary election to be held on August 16, followed by a general election on September 14. The Ward 5 seat became vacant when […]

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June 7, 2022  •  

New York Special Election Scheduled

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New York Gov. Hochul announced a special election for U.S. Congressional Districts 19 and 23 to be held on August 23. The District 19 seat became vacant when Rep. Antonio Delgado resigned to serve as lieutenant governor, and the District […]

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The New York General Assembly adjourned sine die on Saturday, June 4. Lawmakers passed Assembly Bill 09006 replacing the Joint Commission on Public Ethics with a new Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government effective July 8. The Commission on […]

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