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Nevada State Capitol Octagonal Annex

The 2021 legislative session will start off closed to all but lawmakers, essential staff, and some members of the media. All others will participate virtually, according to a logistics plan issued by the Legislative Counsel Bureau. The plan released on […]

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Alex Padilla - Gage Skidmore

Alex Padilla, the son of Mexican immigrants who rose over two decades in politics to become California Secretary of State, will be the first Latino to represent the state in the U.S. Senate. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Padilla, a Democrat […]

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Oregon State Capitol Building

The Oregon Legislature gathered in person for a one day special session on Monday. During the session, lawmakers passed four bills including $800 million in relief for those struggling due to the pandemic and the aftermath of the historic summer […]

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California State Capitol Building - Jeff Turner

The Legislature pushed its return date to Sacramento for the start of the 2021 legislative session back by a week to January 11 due to staggering COVID-19 numbers. Both houses have instituted pandemic protocols ranging from temperature checks, mandatory masking […]

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California State Capitol Building - Jeff Turner

Gov. Gavin Newsom set a special election in Los Angeles County to replace state Sen. Holly Mitchell, who left in mid-term for the county board of supervisors. The special primary election will be held on March 2. If no candidate […]

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Sacramento, CA Skyline - Basil D Soufi

In a recent case, a Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The judge upheld its authority to require disclosure of public money by public entities during an election campaign. The FPPC faced a […]

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Oregon Senate Chamber - photo by Cacophony

Gov. Kate Brown will call lawmakers into a one-day special session on December 21. The legislature will consider $800 million in relief for Oregonians suffering financially from the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s wildfires. The funding will go towards helping […]

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Seattle City Hall - Rootology

City Council approved an ordinance requiring additional transparency and disclosures by paid lobbyists and indirect lobbying campaigns. The vote was 8-1. This new legislation adds the concept of indirect lobbying to the city’s lobbying regulations, which has been part of […]

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Seattle - by Daniel Schwen

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a new ordinance. The ordinance’s rules are meant to shine a light on groups spending money to build public pressure on Seattle politicians. Recommended in January by the Seattle […]

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced a lobbying ban for his paid political advisers. This ban comes after weeks of criticism over his close ties to consultants who also work for corporate clients and other influential interests at the state Capitol. In […]

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Los Angeles City Hall - Michael J Fromholtz

The Ethics Commission on Tuesday announced the unanimous selection of David Tristan to serve as the next executive director. Tristan succeeds Heather Holt, who was hired in 2006 and has served as the executive director since 2011. His appointment will […]

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Montana Capitol Building - gillfoto

The threshold amount a lobbyist can earn to trigger lobbyist registration in Montana will increase. The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices received approval for this increase to take place. The threshold amount for 2021 is $2,650, effective January 1, 2021.

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Alaska State Capitol Buildling - Jay Galvin

The Alaskan Independence Party and two Anchorage residents are suing the state of Alaska to overturn Ballot Measure 2. This ballot measure is a sweeping election reform initiative installing ranked-choice voting in Alaska’s general elections. Additionally, the lawsuit claims the […]

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Wyoming Capitol - By Bradlyons - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Campbell County commissioners appointed Chris Knapp to fill a vacant House seat after Gillette Republican Rep. Roy Edwards died from COVID-19 on November 2. The commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to appoint Knapp to the House District 53 seat at a […]

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