E-News from State and Federal
Working Our Way Around the World
You have probably read our blogs, columns, press releases, and
digital media posts about our new publication, European
Compliance Laws. As they say, it has opened up the world to
the staff and to our clients.
We have only tiptoed into Europe and include compliance
resources for Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, and the European
Union. We are adding more countries in 2018 and the cost for
this year is nominal—only $1,000* more for all of these
have also started a discussion with Interel Global Public
Affairs and have been invited to speak about compliance at its 5th
annual summit, Advancing Interests in a New Era, in Brussels,
Recently I sat with Fredrik Lofthagen, Interel’s
CEO, and his goal for this year’s program is to look
to the future and provide thought-provoking topics
on how innovation and technology is bringing in a
new era of public affairs and the relationship
between people, ideas, and organizations.
Many of you remember Jason Jarrell when he was at
the Public Affairs Council. He has been instrumental
in connecting me with Fredrik and I am very
appreciative of these efforts.
Now, please understand, when I am at a table with
Fredrik Lofthagen; Florence Maisel, managing partner
in France; Grégoire Poisson, managing partner from
the EU, and Jason Jarrell, managing partner of the
global practice…well, all I can say is I felt a lot
like Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack.
In all honesty, learning all about European
countries has been eye opening and we look forward
to working with the global practice departments of
Before next month’s issue, I will have also gone on
my first cruise on the Mediterranean with my
husband, John Chames, as we celebrate our 21st
wedding anniversary. It is the first time we will be
on a two-week vacation together…Truly concerned one
of us will go overboard!
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
Restrictions on Political
Contributions from Lobbyists
We invite you to read our new, easy-to-read
Tip Sheet “Restrictions on Political
Contributions from Lobbyists”. The truth is
we all want to comply with our government
affairs programs to avoid direct negative
consequences. You and your government
affairs department may be planning to
contribute to political candidates in the
2018 elections. How do you know whether you
are complying with all the rules and
restrictions? When can contributions be
made? What are the limits? And what other
activities are restricted? We are eager to
advise you on some of the best practices for
your company to consider.
Before you act, know the registration and
reporting implications to avoid fines and
other penalties. We are here to give you our
new, FREE Tip Sheet to help you develop a
strategy and to gather support and
resources. Please click here to download.
We Now Have
for Your Government Relations Activities in …
Does your company do
business in Europe? Do you sometimes wonder
what the political compliance laws are in
Europe? We’ve done the research, and we have
answers for you!
European lobbying and
political contributions are increasingly a
part of the political decision-making
process and thus part of the legislative
process. Our newest online publication,
“I COMPLY European
Political Compliance Laws”
provides a clear, systematic and up-to-date
picture of the vast and dynamic industry of
public affairs lobbying in Europe.
The new publication
covers Republic of Ireland, European Union,
United Kingdom, and our newest addition,
The publication is now
available for sale, exclusively in 2018 for
our current clients only that are using our
other publications. For ordering
information, visit our ordering website
page, or contact our publications sales
Our objective is to equip
you and your organization with information
on how to comply with political rules and
regulations for lobbying in the European
Kansas Passes Legislation To Regulate
Carlo Aguja, Esq.,
Colyer signed new legislation to bring transparency and equity among the
branches of state government. Senate Bill 394, expands the definition of
lobbying to include promoting or opposing an action or non-action by any
executive or judicial agency on any executive or judicial administrative
matter. Executive administrative matter includes any rule and
regulation, utility ratemaking decision, any agreement, contract, bid or
bid process, or any procurement decision, including, but not limited to,
any financial services agreement, software licensing, servicing or
procurement agreement, any lease, grant, award, loan, bond issue,
certificate, license, permit, administrative order, or any other matter
within the official jurisdiction or cognizance of the executive agency.
Lobbyists of the executive or judicial branch are required to note if
they will lobby the legislative branch. The bill also amends the
definition lobbyist to include independent contractors compensated for
evaluation, management, consulting, or acting as a liaison for an
executive agency and engaging in lobbying.
Bill 394 modifies the gift law to account for gifts from lobbyists to
legislative, executive, and judicial officers and employees. The value
of a meal that may be accepted by any member of the executive branch is
increased from $25 to $40 per occurrence. Lobbyists generally may
provide a meal, except when a particular official action must be taken
as a condition of accepting the meal. A member of the executive branch
receiving a meal from an unregistered lobbyist is not considered a
violation unless the recipient knew the lobbyist was not registered or
requested the lobbyist not to report the meal. Reporting of gifts,
entertainment, or hospitality must include the date provided.
Bill 394 was introduced this session and received bipartisan support,
passing unanimously through both chambers of the Legislature. The
governor signed the bill on April 16 and it is effective July 1.
[The details for this article have been updated on our website in
the Registration and Definitions sections of Lobbying Compliance Laws
and the Procurement Lobbying Compliance Laws for Kansas.]
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq., Research
Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill exempting economic development
professionals from registering as lobbyists under certain
circumstances. The House Bill 317 economic development professional
lobbyist registration exemption does not apply if a person seeks
incentives or funds through legislative action outside of incentives
The Constitution Revision Commission voted to place a six-year
revolving door restriction directly on the November general election
ballot. Proposal 6007 would also ban state and local officials from
lobbying the Legislature, executive branch, and the federal
government while in office. If approved by 60 percent of voters, the
lobbying ban will take effect December 31, 2022. The proposal would
also prohibit public officials from abusing their position to obtain
a disproportionate benefit. The Commission on Ethics will be
responsible for defining the term disproportionate benefit,
prescribing the requisite intent for finding a violation, and
enforcing the prohibition against the abuse of a public position.
The new ethics rule would take effect December 31, 2020.
The Office of Campaign and Political Finance released a draft
version of updates to the agency’s regulations taking affect at the
end of the month. The changes were subject to a public hearing last
month and aim to make the regulations consistent with changes to
campaign finance law and agency practices of the last few years.
Changes include updated due dates for electronically filed reports,
clarifications on when an organization must register as a political
committee, and explanations of the circumstances in which an
independent expenditure political action committee (PAC) becomes a
traditional PAC. The official effective date of the updated
regulations has not yet been announced, and a final copy of the
changes will not be publicly available until later this month.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the format of a petition to
amend the state constitution to include an independent ethics
commission. If voters approve, the ethics commission would be
responsible for adopting rules related to elections, lobbying, and
for reporting and investigating alleged violations of those rules
and related state laws. Additionally, the measure prohibits gifts
from lobbyists, prohibits the delivery of campaign contributions by
lobbyists, restricts lobbying from former public officials, and
restricts the use of campaign contributions, among other provisions.
Supporters of the petition have until July 9 to gather nearly 27,000
signatures to place the constitutional amendment on the November
Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill expanding the existing prohibition
on contributions to legislators during a legislative session to also
cover contributions to the lieutenant governor, attorney general,
state auditor, and state treasurer. Effective immediately, House
Bill 320 applies to contributions to the personal campaign
committees and political action committees (PACs) of the covered
candidates. Parties prohibited from contributing during session
include persons, lobbyists, principals, and political committees.
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
W E B S I T E
T I P
The 2018 elections are around the corner.
You and your government affairs department may have
plans to contribute to political candidates. Prior to
making these contributions, it is important to know if
there are restrictions on when, where, or how much a
lobbyist may contribute. To learn more about this topic,
you can access the Restrictions on Political
Contributions Tip Sheet from your User Dashboard, which
is the first thing you see after logging in to the
website. After clicking on the link, just provide your
name and address to review this easy-to-read paper
covering sessional restrictions, lobbyist contribution
limits, and restrictions on activities beyond making
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.
To streamline LDA tracking and
reporting, our company includes 100% of our in-house
lobbyists’ compensation on our quarterly report. Is this a
LDA does not contain any special tracking requirements for
Registrants employing in-house
lobbyists are required to provide a “good faith estimate of
the total expenses” of their lobbying activities.
Read the full article here
For more information, be sure to check out the Reports
Required section of the Lobbying Compliance Laws online
publication for Federal. Please feel free to contact us if
you have any questions.
Rebecca South, Federal Compliance Associate
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State and Federal
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sponsors the Ohio Cherry Blossom Princess
For the third
consecutive year, State and Federal
Communications, Inc. has sponsored the Ohio
Cherry Blossom Princess for the National Cherry
Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
This year, Ohio State University student,
represents the buckeye state.
Ohio Cherry Blossom Princess Abeeha Shamshad
on being chosen to
represent the state of Ohio.
State and Federal Communications, Inc.
This month we
celebrated the anniversaries of four staff
members. Amber Fish Linke, Esq., Adrienne
Borgstahl, Esq., Sarah Gray, and Becky Campbell.
We appreciate our hard working staff.
on receiving the 2018 Fran Richardson/Founders
Award for significant
contributions to the Washington Program in
State and Federal Communications, Inc. was
gladly in attendance at the
2018 YouToo Social Media Conference held at Kent
Plan to say hello at future
events where State and Federal
will be attending and/or
speaking regarding compliance issues.
NCSL Executive Committee Meeting, Denver, CO
NILE Program on State
Bloomberg Government's Next Infrastructure, Washington,
Akron Roundtable, Akron, OH
Akron Urban League -- Akron Talks, Akron, OH
BIO Convention, Boston, MA
US Conference of Mayors, Boston, MA
Public Affairs Council Media and Advocacy Summit,
Akron Roundtable, Akron, OH
Women in Government; National Legislative Conference,
San Francisco, CA
CSG Midwestern Legislative Annual Meeting, Manitoba,
National Governors Association 2018 Summer Meeting,
Sante Fe, New Mexico
Akron Roundtable, Akron, OH
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