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On June 20, the San Jose City Council approved changes to require lobbyists to file online reports every Monday if they met with city officials the week prior. The council also approved changes to San Jose’s gift ordinance to increase […]

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Wisconsin State Sen. Chris Larson is introducing eight bills aimed at amending state campaign finance laws. The bills would restore lower contribution limits, amend the definition of political action committee, require transparency in political communications, limit coordinated campaign expenditures, expand […]

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Several ethics bills have been introduced in Michigan Legislature. House Bill 4489 prohibits immediate family members of a public officer or employee from accepting gifts tending to influence the manner in which the public officer or employee or another public […]

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Effective July 30, 2017, Arkansas constitutional officers are prohibited from soliciting or accepting loans from lobbyists. Senate Bill 7, now known as Act 1108, amends the definition of gift to include any advance or loan. The bill excludes an advance […]

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved changes to Virginia’s gift rules this week, marking the fourth consecutive year lawmakers have adjusted ethics provisions. Among other changes, House Bill 1854, and identical Senate Bill 1312, requires lobbyists to send legislators and executive officials […]

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Q: Our company is a registered lobbyist employer in many states, and we regularly do business with universities. Can my company give gifts to university officials and employees? A: Gifts to university officials and employees fall under the purview of […]

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On March 10, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a series of bills aimed at replacing ethics and campaign finance laws after the repeal of Initiated Measure 22. Among the bills signed into law, Senate Bill 131 prohibits elected officers and officials […]

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill 1401 and Senate Bill 169 into law. Both bills provide exceptions to the definition of gift. For example, House Bill 1401 excludes nonalcoholic beverages provided to attendees at a meeting of a civic, social, […]

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Denver City Council approved legislation on Monday amending the city gift rules. Council Bill No. 16-1202 establishes a $300 annual limit on meals, tickets, or free or reduced price admissions from persons or donors with a city interest. Officers, officials, […]

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On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed House Bill 1073. The bill seeks to ban lawmakers from accepting gifts from lobbyists exceeding $100 in value per year. Lawmakers advanced HB 1073 in response to the recent repeal of Initiated Measure 22, […]

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Reviving his concern from last year’s legislative session, Sen. Ernie Chambers introduced a bill to prevent lawmakers from accepting meals from lobbyists in the Capitol. Legislative Bill 445 is similar to a proposal Sen. Chambers sponsored last year, but it […]

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The Denver City Council was expected to accept ethics changes on January 17, but postponed the vote until February 21. New gift rules proposed by Councilman Kevin Flynn will impose a $300 limit per year on what officials and employees […]

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The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission recently issued a position statement notifying home-rule municipalities of its intent to consider ethics complaints against local officials and employees if their local ethics codes are less restrictive than state law. Constitutional Amendment 41, passed […]

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A Missouri ethics bill, being fast-tracked through the House, cleared committee yesterday with just three dissenting votes. The bill would prohibit legislators from receiving certain gifts from lobbyists. Exemptions to the proposed ban would include honorary plaques, flowers and gifts […]

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