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British Columbia’s Office of the Registrar issued a guidance document for organizations last month. This in anticipation of the changes to the province’s lobbying laws taking effect on May 4. The guidance document provides an overview for organizations with in-house […]

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Colorado lobbyist rule changes were effective June 30. Much of the changes involve recodification to ensure uniform and proper administration and implementation of state law. Such changes clarify professional lobbyist and lobbyist firm registration and disclosure requirements as well as […]

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Q: I have been out of the office on an extended vacation.  I just noticed a reminder e-mail that I have a lobbying report due today that cannot be filed electronically.  What are my options? A: You still have the ability to […]

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January 18, 2017  •  

Ethics Bill Passes Missouri House

Ethics reform legislation passed the Missouri House Tuesday afternoon with wide bipartisan support. House Bill 60 would prohibit lobbyists and lobbyist principals from making expenditures for state public officials or for their staff, spouses, or dependent children. An exception would […]

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The Senate Committee on Legislative Procedure decided to table consideration of a proposed new rule to ban lobbyists from the chamber and adjacent hallways during working hours. The measure came up for a vote yesterday and the committee voted unanimously […]

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On January 1, the Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act took effect. The Act repeals the lobbying laws in Title 22 and Title 42 in the state’s statutes and enacts a new consolidated code section covering both the legislative and executive […]

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County commissioners approved a motion to research and draft a proposal to ban commissioners from receiving text messages from lobbyists during board meetings. This comes on the heels of the Florida House implementing, in its rules for the upcoming session, […]

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The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission has announced the lobbyist registration renewal window for 2017. Current lobbyists who do not owe any fees, fines, penalties, or reports may renew their registrations online beginning December 1, 2016, until 12:00 […]

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Lobbyists hoping to work for President-elect Donald J. Trump will have to terminate their lobbyist registrations to be vetted for high-level positions, according to CNN. Additionally, as an agreement to work with the next administration, officials leaving their future positions […]

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The Chicago Board of Ethics recently submitted two amendments to City Council, potentially affecting lobbyist filing procedures. One amendment would require lobbyists to file all documents electronically in the Electronic Lobbyist Filing (ELF) system. The other amendment would establish enforcement […]

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Santa Monica City Council passed new rules on August 9 for implementation of the city’s lobbyist regulation ordinance. The rules set out lobbyist registration requirements and registration fees. The ordinance will go into effect September 19, 2016 with an initial […]

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On July 21, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) approved a regulation to further clarify the definition of “lobbyist.” The regulation creates a rebuttable presumption that all compensation from a person for services that include direct communication with a qualifying […]

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California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will consider a proposed regulation to further clarify the definition of “lobbyist” at a public hearing set for July 21, 2016. The proposed regulation would create a rebuttable presumption that all compensation from a […]

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Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed his top legislative lobbyist, Joseph M. Getty, to the Court of Appeals. Getty has extensive policy making experience, previously serving in both the House of Delegates and Senate, but has never before worked as a […]

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