E-News from State and Federal
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Here is what has happened so far…And what will
The states in these United States held
primaries and caucuses. We had months and
months of elections around the country. And,
we had a lot of debates…Maybe more than we
needed. In the end we also had a lot of
candidates “suspend” their respective
Both the Republican National Convention and
Democratic National Conventions were held
and we have two candidates running on these
platforms. There are others who will be on
the ballot, but of other parties.
We had one debate already…WOWOWOWOW!!! I
happened to be there…but I was sitting on my
hands because it was 63 degrees in the room.
Plan on watching the Vice Presidential
Debate on October 4, the second Presidential
Debate on October 9, and the final
Presidential Debate on October 19.
Check out the ballot for your county. Trust
me, there is more on the ballot than our
Presidential candidates…These folks also
need your vote.
Early voting is very helpful for people who
want to avoid the lines on Election Day,
which is November 8. Do it and proudly wear
your I VOTED sticker.
November 8…Stock up on your snacks and
beverages and make sure your gadgets are
charged. You can follow me on Twitter
@stateandfederal to see what is
going on with the candidates and ballot
One other thing to do on November 8, take a
break every hour to tune into the Cleveland
Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks game.
Go to work the next day prepared to share
with your organization how your
contributions and candidates fared the night
Plan to attend State and Federal
Inauguration activities in 2017. We will
keep you up-to-date on how you can
participate…And, as it relates to the
President’s Inauguration Day…It is Friday,
January 20, 2017, at noon. Again, snacks and
beverages should be ready and gadgets
charged. There will be a lot to watch.
In the meantime, think about how lovely November
and December will be with only holiday movies to
watch…And 2017/2018 elections to ponder.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
Tempe, Arizona Passes Lobbying Law
George Ticoras, Esq.,
January 1, 2017, the city of Tempe, Arizona, will begin requiring
paid lobbyists to register and report lobbying activity. Ordinance
No. O2016.46, passed by City Council in August, creates the city’s
first lobbying law.
ordinance defines lobbyist as any person who is compensated to lobby
for a person or organization other than himself or herself. Lobbying
is a communication for the purpose of influencing official action
made with any city official, hearing officer, or person appointed or
serving on a board or commission. This includes the mayor, vice
mayor, and council members, whether serving by election or
Registration with the Office of the City Clerk is required within 10
days of first lobbying and must be renewed annually. The
registration must include disclosure of all clients for which the
lobbyist is compensated to lobby. Amendments to the registration
must be made within 10 days of any changes.
Lobbyists are required to annually report lobbying expenditures
unless the lobbyist has declared in his or her registration the
lobbyist intends to make no expenditures reportable during the
registration period. Expenditures over $50 must be itemized
separately, listing the date, amount, nature of the expenditure;
name of the public official receiving or benefiting from the
expenditure; and the client on whose behalf the expenditure was
ordinance prohibits making a gift or expenditure for a public
official through another person to conceal the identity of the
person making the gift or expenditure. Additionally, individuals are
prohibited from giving a gift to a public official for the
performance of official duties or if it may reasonably be
interpreted to be offered in order to influence an action or
decision of a public official.
person claiming to have knowledge of a violation of the lobbying
ordinance may file a complaint with the Office of the City Clerk within
45 days of the alleged violation. A first violation is punishable by
a civil fine. Second and subsequent violations occurring within 12
months of a prior violation are Class 1 misdemeanors.
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq., Research
AUSTIN, TEXAS: New provisions in
the city’s campaign finance laws took effect on September 1.
Ordinance No. 20160623-020 increases disclosure requirements for
nonprofits and independent groups making political contributions or
expenditures in excess of $500. These organizations are required to
report the identities of contributors unless the donation was
directed to not be used for political purposes. Contributions for
investments and commercial transactions also do not require
disclosure of the contributor. Another part of the ordinance, not
effective until February 1, 2017, requires intermediaries
transferring more than $500 for political campaign purposes to
disclose details of the transfers, including the occupation and
employer of the person making the transfer and the purpose and
description of each transfer.
BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA: Broward
Health, the county's hospital system, has implemented a decade-old
lobbyist registration policy through a new website. The website
contains information about the requirements and procedures for
registration and expenditure reporting. Lobbyists engaged to lobby
the North Broward Hospital District, its Board of Commissioners, or
its employees must register with the vice president for government
relations prior to engaging in lobbying. There is a registration fee
of $40 for each client represented, and registrations must be renewed
by July 1 each year. Registered lobbyists must also file an annual
statement of expenditures by July 30, covering July 1 of the prior
year through June 30. The policy also outlines requirements for
lobbyists hired to represent the district before certain state,
county, and local government units.
MAINE: On August 31, 2016, the
Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices adopted a
rule clarifying the “house party” exception to the definition of
contribution. Following complaints the exception amounted to
undisclosed contributions, the commission adopted a rule stating the
costs of food and beverages are exempt only if they relate to the
personal services provided by the volunteer and only if paid for by
a single volunteer.
SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA: The
Lobbyist Act is officially effective after more than two years since
the bill was passed in 2014. People who are paid to lobby elected
Saskatchewan government members and civil servants must now register
and report activities. Lobbyists have 30 days to register with the
new online database launched on August 23, 2016.
Bowser returned an unsigned bill to reform the District’s
procurement processes, signaling the bill can become effective
without her signature. On August 24, the legislation was sent to
Congress for the 30-day congressional review period needed for
enactment. The bill will make procedural changes and establish the
Office of the Ombudsman for Contracting and Procurement. As
introduced, the bill included a pay-to-play provision banning
campaign contributors from bidding on contracts over $100,000 for a
year after making a donation to a District candidate. The
pay-to-play provision was defeated in a District Council vote and is
not part of the final bill.
Legislation We Are
At any given time, more than 1,000
legislative bills, which can affect how you do business as a government
affairs professional, are being discussed in federal, state, and local
jurisdictions. These bills are summarized in State and Federal
Communications' digital encyclopedias for lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying and can be found in the client
portion of our website.
Summaries of major bills are also included
in monthly email updates sent to all clients. The chart below shows the
number of bills we are tracking in regard to lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying.
Number of Jurisdictions
Jurisdiction Added to our
of municipalities and regional governments our research
associates track continues to grow. We now cover almost
300 municipalities and local governments. This is part of a continuous effort to better serve the
needs of our clients.
effort, we have added abridged jurisdictions to
our website. These entries, condensed due to the limited
number of relevant local laws, provide the core
information our clients need for their government
The new jurisdiction is:
Broward County School District, Florida
W E B S I T E
T I P
Remember to take advantage of the website’s bookmarking
function from your dashboard. Any publication in a given
jurisdiction can be bookmarked by clicking on the
translucent bookmark pennant on the upper right-hand
side of your chosen jurisdiction’s screen. The bookmark
will turn red when activated. When you return to your
dashboard page (by clicking on your name at the top of
the screen), you will see your chosen bookmarks listed
under the “Bookmarks” heading. Clicking on a bookmark
will bring you directly to the bookmarked jurisdiction
without needing to select a publication or a
jurisdiction. Clicking on the red bookmark will remove
the jurisdiction from your list of bookmarks.
Federal Communications’ Experts Answer Your Questions
is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal
Communications, Inc. Send your questions to
(Of course, we have always been available to answer
questions from clients that are specific to your needs, and
we encourage you to continue to call or email us with
questions about your particular company or organization. As
always, we will confidentially and directly provide answers
or information you need.) Our replies are not legal advice,
just our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.
Our company has several employees engaged in
a variety of lobbying activities. Many of these employees
do not want to register as a lobbyist. They think if they
don’t have any direct contact with a covered official, they
don’t need to register. Is that right?
that is correct but there are some important caveats to
understand. In order for an individual to meet the
statutory definition of “lobbyist,” and therefore be
required to register, there are two criteria that must be
First, their lobbying activities need to
constitute at least 20 percent of their time over any
three-month period. Lobbying activity includes efforts in
support of others’ lobbying contacts, including . . .
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Each month at our staff
meeting, Elizabeth acknowledges the employment
anniversaries of the staff.
In September we celebrated the
George Ticoras, Research Associate, 6
David Jones, IT Assistant, 1 year;
Joseph May, Manager, Client Analytics, 9
Emone Smith, Administrative Assistant, 3
Jon Spontarelli, Compliance Assistant, 5
These employees are essential members of the staff.
Congratulations to you all.
Akron Urban League 91st Gala
Elizabeth Z. Bartz with
State Representative Em Sykes at the
Akron Urban League Gala.
Attending the 91st
Akron Urban League
with great Americans -- Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan
and Summit County Council candidate David
and Federal Communications, Inc. Sponsors the
Akron Marathon for IOCC
State and Federal Communications,
Inc. is a mile marker sponsor for the Akron
Marathon held on Saturday, September 24. The
dollars raised for the Akron Marathon go to the
Cleveland Clinic - Akron Children’s Hospital.
This marathon is also the vehicle for local
Orthodox Christians to raise money for the IOCC.
We proudly sponsor the IOCC in their efforts.
[Pictured is Elizabeth Z. Bartz,
President and CEO of State and Federal
Communications, Inc., with Rev. Fr. Andrew Lentz,
assistant priest from Annunciation Greek
Orthodox Church in Akron and chief local
representative of the IOCC.
The Akron Rubber
Ducks Game was a Great Place for our
Grassroots Efforts to Encourage the Community to Vote
Elizabeth Z. Bartz with Emma Lieberth.
Around The Country
During the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game
on July 13, 2016,
at Canal Park, home of the Akron Rubber Ducks,
Elizabeth Z. Bartz had the pleasure to meet Cleveland Indians great,
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett stopped by the
AM session and our booth during NCSL in Chicago, Illinois.
Plan to say hello at future
events where State and Federal
will be attending and/or
speaking regarding compliance issues.
Akron Roundtable 40th Anniversary
Program, Akron, Ohio
Public Affairs Council Fall Board
Meeting, Laguna Beach, California
Akron Roundtable, Akron, Ohio
PAC Webinar: Pay-to-Play and the
Procurement Process, Washington, DC
Professional Women in Advocacy,
NABPAC Biennial Post-Election
Conference, Breakers Palm Beach, Florida
SGAC Leaders' Policy Conference, Dana
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