Marilyn Wesel, Author at State and Federal Communications

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A proposed amendment to the city’s ethics ordinance introduced at City Council would extend the existing $1,500 per-year campaign contribution limit on individuals and entities doing business with the City of Chicago to include officers, directors, partners, or owners of […]

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Following sentencing of former House Speaker Mike Madigan’s chief of staff, Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias announced a series of ethics reforms to strengthen enforcement and require more transparency and disclosure regarding the financial dealings of lobbyists. House Bill 4591 […]

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February 16, 2024  •  

New York Special Election Scheduled

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Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a proclamation ordering a special election to fill the vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives District 26 for the unexpired term of Rep. Brian Higgins. The special election will be held on April 30. Higgins, […]

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The U.S. District Court granted a motion for a preliminary injunction in Minnesota Chamber of Commerce v. Choi (0:23-cv-02015), preventing the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board from enforcing a bill restricting political activities by foreign-influenced corporations. House File […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4234, permitting corporations to make administrative expenditures to non-connected separate segregated funds (SSFs). The bill changes the definitions of contribution and expenditure to permit expenditures made by a corporation to provide for the collection […]

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed three campaign finance bills effective February 13, 2024. House Bill 5141, House Bill 5143, and House Bill 5144, prohibit distributing materially deceptive media and amend the disclaimer requirements for political ads and add definitions to the […]

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The Chicago City Council Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight recommended the passage of a substitute ordinance broadening the definition of registered lobbyists to include nonprofits with several exceptions to ease concerns from the nonprofit community. An ordinance was passed […]

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Gov. Kathy Hochul vetoed legislation inspired by the 2023 session’s chief judge battle. Senate Bill 4152 would have required lobbying groups to disclose spending on campaigns for or against gubernatorial nominees to state office, including the nomination or confirmation of […]

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The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board issued draft rule language staff considers to be potentially controversial. The language will be considered by the board’s three-member rulemaking committee at one or more public meetings to be announced at a later […]

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Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a proclamation ordering a special election on February 13, 2024, to fill the vacancy in the United States House of Representatives Third Congressional District for the unexpired term of George Santos. Santos was expelled on December […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

The Bureau of Elections posted the Lobby Registration Act 2024 Reporting Thresholds, which change every year in January to reflect the change in the consumer price index for Detroit. The registration thresholds for individual lobbyist compensation and for employer expenditures […]

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Secretary of State David Scanlan announced January 23 as the date of its presidential primary, eight days after the Iowa caucuses and defying the Democratic National Committee’s plans to give South Carolina the party’s first primary contest. New Hampshire has […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

The 102nd Legislature adjourned sine die on November 14 after the House and Senate adopted House Concurrent Resolution 10 to adjourn sine die early to start the 90-day clock for the effective date of bills not receiving enough Republican support […]

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November 10, 2023  •  

Illinois Veto Session Adjourns

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Lawmakers concluded the fall veto session on November 9, after passing Senate Bill 76 lifting Illinois’ moratorium on nuclear power plant construction in 2026. Neither chamber voted on legislation extending the Invest in Kids Scholarship Tax Credit Program. It allows […]

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