Matthew Gehring, Author at State and Federal Communications

City Hall in Portland, ME - by: Billy Hathorn

A commission created to review the current government structure in Portland, Oregon has voted to put a comprehensive governmental restructuring proposition on the ballot this November. Voters will get to decide on expanding the number of City Council members to […]

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San Francisco voters have approved a ballot proposition prohibiting behested payments from contractors with contracts approved by the Board of Supervisors. Proposition E also allows the city’s behested payment law to be amended if the city’s Ethics Commission and two-thirds […]

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Alaska State Capitol Buildling - Jay Galvin

The Alaska Legislature adjourned sin die late Wednesday after finally coming to an agreement on the state’s budget bill. Lawmakers set this year’s dividend for each resident at $3,200 from Alaska’s Permanent Fund, a fund derived from the state’s oil […]

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Hacker - Image by Darwin Laganzon on Pixabay

Oregon’s campaign finance system web provider, Opus Interactive, is asking all users to change passwords following a ransomware attack Sunday night. Hackers infiltrated Opus Interactive, granting them access to a C&E Systems database. C&E Systems handles campaign finance compliance and […]

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The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) has issued a notice of proposed changes to Alaska’s campaign disclosure regulations. The changes seek to clarify and define different aspects of the current law stemming from passage of the 2020 Initiative Measure 2. […]

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Alaska State Capitol Buildling - Jay Galvin

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging the constitutionality of campaign finance rules passed in a 2020 voter initiative in Alaska. The newly filed suit focuses on the disclosure requirements of the initiative, stating the requirements hinder free […]

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Seattle, WA - by Daniel Schwen

The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission has raised the limit for contributions given to a candidate for mayor, City Council, or city attorney to $600 per election cycle. This limit only applies to candidates who are not participating in the […]

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Idaho Capitol Building - JSquish

The Idaho State Legislature adjourned sine die March 31. The 81-day session focused mostly on infrastructure and education. Starting the session with a nearly $2 billion surplus and billions in federal covid relief funds, lawmakers approved Gov. Brad Little’s “Leading […]

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Patricia Guerro has been sworn in as one of the seven judges on the bench of the California Supreme Court. Gov. Newsom appointed Guerro to the court after Justice Mariano-Florentine resigned to become president of the Carnegie Endowment for International […]

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

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has signed House Bill 49 and has not vetoed House Bill 100, allowing it to be enacted. House Bill 49 defines what an “organization” is in relation to campaign finance reporting and establishes criteria for when […]

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

The Wyoming State Legislature adjourned sine die March 11 after passing House Bills 49, 80, and 100. House Bill 49 requires organizations that receive contributions or expend funds in excess of $1,000 to file a statement of formation and increases […]

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Gov. Mark Gordon - by MikesGroover

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signed a campaign finance bill into law on March 10. House Bill 80 states all political action committees or candidate’s campaign committees must file an itemized statement of contributions and expenditures at least seven days but […]

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Washington State Capitol Building - Cacophony

The Washington Legislature adjourned sine die March 10 after passing a $64.1 billion state budget and a nearly $17 billion transportation package. During the session, both houses passed Senate Bill 5196 and Senate Bill 5855. Senate Bill 5196 allows the […]

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Oregon Senate Chamber - photo by Cacophony

The Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned sine die March 4, after voting on 60 bills on their last day in session. Highlights from the short session include access for low-income Oregonians to air conditioners, financial aid for low-income families, and mandated […]

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