E-News from State and Federal
cannot express how busy this year is with the new
federal administration, new state governors and
legislators, and it is hard to keep up with the
number of new municipal officials. I keep track of a
lot of road warriors on Facebook and Twitter and
know how difficult it is to do the next right thing
on your huge TO DO list.
Let’s not forget we need to take the
time for our own learning—for us to be the best we
can be at our organization.
Two of my favorite conferences are
around the corner.
Affairs Council National PAC Conference
begins Monday in Miami Beach. This conference
has for decades provided the tools needed to
increase your PAC contributions and stay in
compliance with all the reports due for those
contributions. More info at www.pac.org.
Government Affairs Council will host
its annual National Summit March 29th to March
31st in New Orleans. I am moderating a session
on lobbying where we will discuss specific gifts
which can be prohibited in the states. The panel
will include Carol Laham from Wiley Rein and
Mike Thompson from Personal Care Fragrance
Association. More info at www.sgac.org.
There are other meetings throughout
the year. We list the events we are attending on the
left side of the email of Compliance Now, within
Compliance Now, as well as on our website. I have
always believed in professional development and many
of you who see us out and about know this as I
travel with an entourage of staff who also attend
events for their professional development.
If you ever have any questions about conferences we
are attending, do not hesitate to reach out. We will
share any information you need so you can join us.
Denver Amends Lobbyist
and Reporting Requirement
Katlin Newman, JD
City Council has passed an ordinance amending the city’s lobbying
rules. Council Bill No. CB16-0920 narrows the definition of
lobbying and makes changes to registration and reporting
requirements. The ordinance, signed by the mayor on January 4, is
retroactively effective beginning January 1, 2017.
definition of lobbying provides for an additional exception to
registration requirements. Persons not otherwise required to
register as lobbyists are not required to register if limiting their
activity to giving testimony or providing information to council, at
public hearings, or at the request of public officials or employees.
The exception applies provided the persons clearly identify
themselves and the entity for whom they are testifying or providing
the information. For those required to register, a lobbyist
registration renewal will no longer be required on the registrant’s
anniversary date. Rather, every lobbyist will be required to renew
his or her registration annually by January 15.
ordinance also replaced a monthly reporting requirement with a
bimonthly requirement. Reports are due on the 15th day of each
even-numbered month, covering the 60 days prior to the bimonthly
report deadline. Such reports must include an itemized list and the
estimated value of all gifts, entertainment, and direct or indirect
expenditures to, on behalf of, or benefitting a covered official for
lobbyists should also expect one additional reporting requirement.
Although there is no mention of it in the city code or in the
revised lobbying ordinance, the city clerk and recorder will require
an annual report to be filed beginning with the 2017 calendar year.
The first annual report will be due January 15, 2018. An annual
report form is expected to be available closer to the 2018 due date.
[The details for this article can
be found on our website under the Lobbying Compliance Laws and
Procurement Lobbying Compliance Laws for Denver, Colorado.]
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq., Research
Assembly passed Bill 35, the Fair Elections Financing Act. The bill
made several sweeping campaign finance changes affecting the
Elections Finance and Contribution Disclosure Act, the Election Act,
and the Legislative Assembly Act. Residents of Alberta are now
limited to making political contributions of up to $4,000 per
calendar year, in the aggregate, to political parties, constituency
associations, nominated candidates, candidates seeking nomination,
and party leadership contestants. Third party political advertisers
are now required to file quarterly contribution reports.
Additionally, the chief electoral officer may serve an
administrative penalty requiring payment to the Crown if he or she
believes a person, political party, constituency association, or
third party fails to comply with a direction of the chief electoral
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) published the 2017-2018
election cycle contribution limits, which have been indexed for
inflation. As required by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of
2002, the FEC must adjust certain contribution limits every two
years. The individual and non-multicandidate PAC contribution limit
to federal candidates will remain at $2,700 for both primary and
general elections, allowing for a total of $5,400 for a federal
candidate. The limits on contributions by individuals to national
party committees have increased from $33,400 to $33,900 per calendar
year. Individuals may now contribute $101,700 per calendar year to
committees of a national political party for presidential nominating
conventions; to committees of a national political party for
preparation for and the conduct of election recounts and contests
and other legal proceedings; and to committees of a national
political party for the construction, purchase, renovation,
operation, and furnishing of one or more buildings for party
headquarters. The new limits are effective retroactively to January
Daugaard signed House Bill 1069 into law. The passage of this bill
repeals Initiated Measure 22, which was the voter approved ethics
and campaign finance overhaul that established various lobbying and
campaign finance restrictions. Initiated Measure 22 was not in
effect since it was enjoined by a circuit court on December 8, 2016.
TENNESSEE: The Registry of Election Finance recently
published updated contribution limits for 2017 and 2018 elections.
The changes, mandated by state statute, are based on the changes in
the consumer price index. Individuals may now contribute $4,000 per
election to statewide candidates. The limit for individuals
contributing to local, state legislative, or other state candidates
remains unchanged. PACs may contribute $7,800 per election to local
candidates and to candidates for state House, criminal court judge,
circuit court judge, chancellor, probate court judge, district
attorney general, or public defender. They may contribute $11,800
per election to statewide candidates and to candidates for state
Senate. The aggregate PAC limit for all non-statewide elections was
increased to $118,100. Primary and general elections are considered
separate elections for the purpose of campaign contribution limits.
The state has increased contribution limits to
candidates, PACs, and political parties. By statute, contribution
limits are re-evaluated and adjusted based on the consumer price
index. A 2.1 percent increase was implemented allowing statewide
candidates and PACs to receive $4,080 per election cycle; state
senator candidates to receive $1,530; and state representative
candidates to receive $1,020. Each limit applies to contributions
from a single source or PAC. This change is effective for two years.
Thereafter, increases will apply for the term of two two-year
general election cycles.
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
Carried over to 2018
W E B S I T E
T I P
Every month subscribers to the State and Federal
Communications website receive the Summary of Changes,
which is a list of all the changes and additions made to
the website in the course of the prior month. In all
publications, a year’s worth of Summary of Changes can
be accessed by clicking on the "Summary of Changes" link
on the left-hand side of the entry’s website page. Below
the link is a convenient chart entitled “Year End
Summary,” which reviews the highlights and major changes
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:
Federal Communications’ Experts Answer Your Questions
is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal
Communications, Inc. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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.
My company is in the process of
retaining a lobbying firm in New York City. Are there any
steps I must take to ensure the firm is properly registered
on our behalf?
New York City has some unique requirements when it comes to
client filings. Your company must select a designated
person, called a principal officer, to certify and submit
all filings on its behalf. There is a two-step process for
the initial registration of lobbyists and employers. The
first step is enrollment in New York City’s e-Lobbyist
system, as electronic filing is mandatory. Enrollment must
be completed by both the lobbyist and the client before a
lobbyist may file a statement of registration. To begin the
process, the principal officer must obtain her login
information for the e-Lobbyist system and submit an
enrollment for the company.
[The information from this response can easily be found on
our website in the “Registration” section of the New York
City entry. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have
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James Warner, Esq., Sr. Compliance Associate
State and Federal
Communications, Inc. Scrapbook
Elizabeth Z. Bartz is always
proud to share her connection to two important
people; her father, James Bartz and her friend
and fellow Ohioan, Senator Sherrod Brown.
At the WGR Governors Reception
The National Press Club, Elizabeth Z. Bartz
caught up with
State and Federal
Communications, Inc. Celebrates Employee
celebrating 19 years of service.
Compliance Assistant Coordinator,
celebrating 8 years of service.
Renae Bomba, Esq., Research
celebrating her first year.
Ken Kelewae, I.T. Assistant,
reached his 8 year mark.
Each month at our staff
meeting, Elizabeth acknowledges the employment
anniversaries of our staff. In January and February
we acknowledged four team members.
These employees are essential members of the staff.
Congratulations to you all.
Plan to say hello at future
events where State and Federal
Communications, Inc. will be attending and/or
speaking regarding compliance issues.
March 1, 2017
Ohio Birthday Party,
March 1, 2017
Money in Politics,
Polarization, and a Way Forward with Former FEC Commissioner
March 2, 2017
AEI: The vital role of
government statistics: Strengthening research, governance,
March 3, 2017
Interview with Nancy Pelosi,
March 6 - 9, 2017
PAC National PAC
Miami Beach, Florida
March 7, 2017
NCSL Foundation Lunch,
March 7, 2017
Women in Government
Relations Leadership Program Session #3, Washington, DC
March 9, 2017
Montgomery County Council
- African Affairs Advisory Group Meeting, Silver Spring,
March 12 - 14,
NASPO Exchange - How to
Market to State Governments,
St. Louis, Missouri
March 14, 2017
March 23, 2017
NCSL Foundation and SGAC
March 23 - 25,
American Copy Editors
Society National Conference,
St. Petersburg, Florida
March 28, 2017
March 29-31, 2017
SGAC National Summit,
New Orleans, Louisiana
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