Matthew Gehring, Author at State and Federal Communications

October 5, 2022  •  

California Passes Pay to Play Changes

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1439, expanding pay-to-play regulations. The prohibition on agency officials accepting a contribution of more than $250 during and following a proceeding involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use is extended by […]

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October 4, 2022  •  

Montana Commissioner Steps Down

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Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices, Jeff Mangan, has announced his retirement, effective November 7. During his almost six-year tenure, Mangan was celebrated by Republicans and Democrats alike for his nonpartisan approach to the role. Before leaving office, Mangan is focusing […]

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The Spokane City Council voted Monday to raise the individual donor limit to $1,000 and to clear redundancies in the city’s Fair Elections Code. The council decided, due to advances in Washington’s campaign finance statutes, that the city’s current campaign […]

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September 2, 2022  •  

Idaho Adjourns Special Session

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The Idaho Legislature has adjourned after one day of deliberation, passing a $1 billion package to cut taxes and increase education funding. The bill allocates $500 million in tax rebates to be distributed to all Idahoans who filed taxes in […]

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September 1, 2022  •  

California Legislature Adjourns

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The California State Legislature has adjourned for the year, but not before passing several bills concerning lobbying, campaign finance, and procurement in the twilight hours of the session. Among the bills currently awaiting signature by Gov. Gavin Newsom are Senate […]

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August 24, 2022  •  

Gov. Little Announces Special Session

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced a special session starting September 1, focusing on education funding and cutting taxes. During the special session, legislators will debate a bill that features the largest tax cut and investment in education funding in the […]

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The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) of California voted to allow contributions to political candidates in cryptocurrency. Until now, contributions made in cryptocurrency were banned under all circumstances. Under the new regulation, the contribution must immediately be converted into dollars […]

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King County, WA has approved an amendment to the King County Charter to be sent to the voters during the November 8 election. The amendment moves elections for county executive, county assessor, county director of elections, and county councilmembers from […]

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled against Montana, holding the state’s laws regarding political committees are unconstitutionally vague. The court took umbrage with the state’s rule which governs whether political spending needs to be reported. […]

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The Washington Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has raised the threshold for reporting last-minute contributions from $1,000 to $1,500. Contributions of or exceeding $1,500 that occur within seven days of a primary election and 21 days before a general election must […]

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Santa Ana city council unanimously passed the first reading of a new lobbyist registration ordinance, outlining who must register, when reports are required, and the penalties for failing to follow the rules laid out in the ordinance. The ordinance defines […]

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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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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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