Matthew Gehring, Author at State and Federal Communications

May 4, 2021  •  

Washington Legislature adjourns

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Washington Lawmakers adjourned sine die after the Democratic-led Legislature passed many progressive initiatives during the 105-day session. Police reform, climate change, and a $59 billion two-year spending plan were among the highlights of the session. A bill to require 24-hour […]

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April 30, 2021  •  

Montana Legislature Adjourns

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The Montana Legislature adjourned sine die April 29 after passing the state budget and policies to regulate and tax marijuana sales. The Republican majority focused attention on numerous socially conservative causes including abortion, transgender rights, and bills decreasing the power […]

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order calling for a special election on August 31 to fill the vacancy in Assembly District 18. Former Rep. Rob Bonta was sworn in as California’s attorney general on April 23. The date of […]

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Idaho State Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger resigned Thursday following rape and sexual misconduct allegations. The Legislature’s ethics committee voted unanimously to find von Ehlinger’s actions constituted “conduct unbecoming.” The committee also advanced a motion to censure, suspend pay, and expel […]

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Downtown San Diego, California

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) issued an opinion finding the state’s new limits on contributions to local candidates passed in Assembly Bill 571 for jurisdictions that otherwise do not have a limit are not aggregated with contributions made […]

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April 21, 2021  •  

Idaho Amendment Passes the House

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The Idaho House of Representatives passed a proposed constitutional amendment to allow lawmakers to call themselves back into special session. The amendment would allow lawmakers to call themselves back whenever at least 60% of members of each body agree to […]

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Nevada State Capitol Octagonal Annex

The Nevada Legislature reopened its doors to the public April 15. Lobbyists can attend hearings and schedule appointments with lawmakers but must submit to a COVID-19 rapid test before entering. Only 63 members of the public, or one person per […]

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Gov. Brad Little signed a bill amending reporting requirements for independent expenditures. House Bill 104 requires reporting of the identity of the candidate or measure and whether the expenditure was made in support of or in opposition to the candidate […]

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Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill revising campaign finance reporting deadlines for municipal candidates and political committees. House Bill 71 amends the reporting dates for a political committee participating in odd-year municipal elections to the 30th of June, July, August, […]

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