Marilyn Wesel, Author at State and Federal Communications

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Illinois Lawmakers worked past the legislative session deadline to pass an ethics reform package and major election changes. The ethics reforms include expanding state registration requirements under the Lobbyist Registration Act to include lobbying local officials in municipalities with a […]

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Illinois State Capitol Building

The Illinois Senate passed an ethics omnibus bill early this morning. The bill expands registration requirements under the Lobbyist Registration Act to include lobbying local officials and certain deputy state officials. Senate Bill 539 also prohibits all fundraising statewide during […]

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Missouri Capitol Building

The 101st General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 25, sending less than a hundred bills to Gov. Mike Parson and leaving unfinished business, including the passage of the federal reimbursement allowance (FRA), a tax on medical providers that helps […]

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North Dakota State Capitol - By Bobak Ha'Eri

The North Dakota Ethics Commission has proposed a limited food and drink exception to the rules banning gifts between lobbyists and public officials implemented last year. The proposed rule change adds an exception for food or beverage with a value […]

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Ohio Statehouse

Ohio State Rep. Mark Fraizer and Rep. Brian Stewart filed a resolution to expel Rep. Larry Householder from the House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted unanimously to remove Householder from his position as House speaker in July 2020, though he retained […]

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Wisconsin State Capitol Building

Wisconsin lawmakers convened the special session called by Gov. Tony Evers on May 25 for less than a minute and adjourned without considering the governor’s plan. Evers called the special session to consider the expansion of BadgerCare, the Wisconsin Medicaid […]

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May 20, 2021  •  

Iowa Adjourns Sine Die

Iowa Capitol Building - Ashton B Crew

The Iowa Legislature adjourned sine die May 19 after being in session for 129 days. Lawmakers remained in session past their original adjournment date of April 30 to reach a consensus on a tax cut package. Other legislation passed during […]

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May 20, 2021  •  

Minnesota Adjourns Sine Die

Minnesota Capitol Building

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned sine die on May 17, although work is not finished. Lawmakers reached a bipartisan budget agreement on numbers only, with details to be worked out at a special session in June. Both chambers expect to be […]

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Wisconsin State Capitol Building

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #116 today calling for a special session of the Legislature to begin at noon on Tuesday, May 25 to consider the expansion of BadgerCare, the Wisconsin Medicaid system, and invest the $1 billion […]

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Ohio Statehouse

Following the indictment of former House Speaker Larry Householder on federal racketeering charges in the biggest bribery case in Ohio history, lawmakers are seeking to shed more light on dark money groups through legislation. House Bill 13, entitled the Light […]

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Cincinnati Skyline - by Mr. RNGAndreson

Cincinnati City Council failed to adopt an ordinance proposing additional campaign finance disclosure. Ordinance 2021-01549 would have required the mayor and City Council members to report contributions above $200 within 48 hours. Only Council Member Greg Landsman, who introduced the […]

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May 6, 2021  •  

Detroit City Councilman Resigns

Downtown Detroit, Michigan

Detroit District 7 Councilman Gabe Leland resigned after pleading guilty to misconduct in office. Leland was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2018 on bribery conspiracy and two counts of bribery. Detroit’s council can, by a two-thirds vote, […]

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Cincinnati Skyline - by Mr. RNGAndreson

Voters passed two charter amendments in Cincinnati by a 3 to 1 margin. Issue 1 requires the city solicitor to hire a special prosecutor to consider removal of the council member indicted for a crime to eliminate potential conflicts of […]

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Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order calling for a special election on July 13. The election will fill the Assembly District 37 seat being vacated after Sen. John Jagler was elected to the 13th Senate District. A primary, if […]

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