August 13, 2013 •
August 9, 2013 •
August 12-15, 2013
Team State and Federal Communications is on its way to the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Georgia! We are looking forward to a full schedule of NCSL and SGAC events.
If you are attending the exciting conference, be sure to say hello at our NCSL headquarters, Booth 921. If you are not attending, keep an eye on our NCSL page for our live webcam.
August 2, 2013 •
Take a look at our August-September calendar. Say hello at future events where State and Federal Communications will be attending and/or speaking regarding compliance issues.
August 2-5, 2013 National Governors Association Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 8, 2013 Public Relations Society of America, Tangiers in Akron, Ohio
August 12-15, 2013 NCSL Legislative Summit Booth 921, Atlanta, Georgia
September 19-22, 2013 CSG National Conference, Kansas City, Missouri
September 25-27, 2013 Public Affairs Council State and Local Government Relations Conference, Washington, D.C.
August 2, 2013 •
Here is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal Communications, Inc.
Q. I will be attending the NCSL conference this summer. Do regular gift limits on expenditures for public officials apply during this event?
A. The answer will vary depending upon whether you are paying for a private event or sponsoring a conference-affiliated event. Taking a legislator to dinner, paying for cab fare or other transportation, or giving him or her a ticket to a ballgame are not considered part of the official conference agenda and normal gift limits will apply. Also, for private events, the answer will depend upon whether you or your company are registered as a lobbyist or lobbyist employer. In most instances, states have more stringent gift laws applicable to lobbyists and lobbyist principals.
Many states have gift limit exceptions specifically carved out for expenditures at national conferences to which all members of the legislature are invited. Further, State Night events at NCSL are considered part of the conference agenda; therefore, when national conference gift exceptions exist, they will apply.
Although a State Night sponsorship may be permissible, it is important to determine if and when the expenditure must be disclosed. Know the reporting requirements before the event, because an attendee list may be required. The reporting implications range from simple aggregate disclosure to detailed reporting where the name of every legislator attending must be listed.
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August 1, 2013 •
August 11, 2013
All our bags are packed, we are ready to go. We are standing here, outside our door…If you follow my columns you will know I use a lot of references to songs. That’s about all I have in common with this one…but I was thinking of it today.
NCSL’s Legislative Summit begins on August 11th in Atlanta and you will find the State and Federal Communications team ready for action. We are involved with the Legislative Summit, NCSL’s Foundation Board meeting and its activities, SGAC’s activities, Virginia Night reception, WASRG’s reception, Women’s Legislative Network events, etc. Basically you will find us everywhere.
Stop by Booth 921 beginning on Tuesday and we will give you a tour of our new website, which will be presented to everyone within the month. We will also run a LIVE feed from our booth so you can stop by and wave to our on-line audience.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
May 9, 2013 •
Here is our May and June 2013 calendar. Say hello at future events where State and Federal Communications will be attending and/or speaking regarding compliance issues.
May 8-10, 2013 OSBA – Ohio State Bar Association Convention Booth 24, Cleveland, Ohio
May 16, 2013 WGR Spring Reception, Washington, D.C.
May 30-June 2, 2013 NCSL Executive Committee Spring Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
June 2-5, 2013 Heartland Governmental Ethics Conference, Louisville, Kentucky
June 21-24, 2013 CSG Leadership Meeting, Washington, D.C.
April 8, 2013 •
Here is our April and May 2013 calendar. Say hello at future events where State and Federal Communications will be attending and/or speaking regarding compliance issues.
April 14-16, 2013 NASPO Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
April 22-25, 2013 BIO International Convention, Chicago, Illinois
April 25, 2013 Washington Program in National Issues 40th Anniversary, Washington, D.C.
May 8-10, 2013 OSBA Annual Convention, Booth 24, Cleveland, Ohio
May 16, 2013 Women in Government Relations Spring Reception, Washington D.C.
May 30-Jun 2, 2013 NCSL Executive Committee Spring Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
March 20, 2013 •
Here is our roundup of the latest articles on lobbying, ethics, and more!
Georgia: “Ga. Senate expected to unveil lobbying rules” by The Associated Press in WSAV TV.
Indiana: “Purdue moving to trim its federal lobbying costs” by The Associated Press in the Indianapolis Business Journal.
Arizona: “Campaign-finance case against Horne recommended for dismissal” by Lindsey Collom and Craig Harris in the Arizona Republic.
Georgia: “Ethics reform at critical juncture” Chris Joyner and Kristina Torres in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
New Jersey: “N.J. Politics Roundup: House committee investigates Andrews over spending” by Brent Johnson in the Star-Ledger.
Rhode Island: “R.I. ethics panel mulls statute of limitations on complaint filings” by Karen Lee Ziner in the Providence Journal.
Ohio: “Ohio House panel OKs elections bill” by Michelle Everhart in the Columbus Dispatch.
Iowa: “Iowa businesses would get preference on state contracts under bill approved by Iowa Senate” by William Petroski in the Des Moines Register.
From the State Legislatures
“State Legislative Leaders Gather in Washington” by Jon Kuhl in NCSL’s The Thicket.
Texas: “Senate votes to let voters decide on term limits for statewide officeholders” by Mike Ward in the Austin American-Statesman.
January 3, 2013 •
Updated December 31, 2012
Don’t miss the latest updates in the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Ethics Update. You’ll also find links to newsletters from the state ethics commissions.
September 11, 2012 •
August 17, 2012 •
August 10, 2012 •
New lineup for 2012-2013
The National Conference of State Legislatures has announced its leadership team for the upcoming year.
Take a look at their news release found on NCSL’s website: “NCSL Welcomes New Leadership: Norelli, Starr and Spaw set to lead national organization for 2012-13.”
August 10, 2012 •
Presentation called an “eye opener”
On Thursday, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff spoke at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Chicago. While he maintained that 99 percent of his work in lobbying had been ethical, his speech championed the need for ethics and campaign finance reform.
For the full story, be sure to read “Jack Abramoff Urges Ethics Reform In NCSL Speech” by John Celock in the Huffington Post.
According to the article: “Abramoff, who served four years in federal prison for crimes related to the Indian gaming lobby, told the National Conference of State Legislatures that public officials need to be mindful of what lobbyists do, and take money and gifts out of politics. Abramoff has spent his time since prison advocating for ethics reform, along with writing a 2011 book on his crimes.”
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