E-News from State and Federal
Former President George W. Bush once said,
can't do today's job with yesterday's
methods and be in business tomorrow.”
This is so true. State and Federal
Communications started in 1993 at a time
when WordStar and WordPerfect were still
being used—especially in NE Ohio. When we
moved to Akron, Revco had just closed its
corporate doors in Twinsburg, Ohio, and many
people were looking for jobs, but few had
ventured into the world of Microsoft Word.
We persevered and found people wanting to
learn how computers and software worked
together and have built a great company of
hard-working, computer-driven, and
We have been celebrating our 25th
anniversary - two weeks ago in Akron and next
week in DC - ready to continue providing the
needed information to our clients. So, what
can you expect?
Have you checked out the European
publication? We have
posted reference materials for the United Kingdom, the
European Union, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland,
and France. You can expect to see more countries in
the coming months.
can have access to our European entries by
purchasing one additional publication.
We are going to change our printed Guidebook to an
app, which we can update whenever a state changes
its legislative sessions. We know you love that
handy desk reference, but there are so many changes
made the minute it goes out
the door. We just want to protect you with correct
Training on our website will be a focus because
there are a lot of nooks and crannies, and we want to
help you understand it as much as we do.
www.stateandfed.com is our #1 site!
As always, I thank you for your loyalty. We
appreciate and are proud of all of our clients and
friends who ALWAYS want to do the next right thing
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
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, Scotland, and
our newest addition, France.
The publication is now
available for sale, exclusively in 2018 only for
our current clients only 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
Sheet: Lobbying and Social Media
Publication Sales and Marketing
you to read our new easy-to-read Tip Sheet “Lobbying
and Social Media.” With more and more people using
social media daily, it is important for you and your
company to understand how to navigate this emerging
lobbying topic. Communicating through social media
platforms such as Facebook and Twitter has become a
normal and expected form of communication. However, most
lobbying regulations were written before these
popular platforms even existed. Being aware of new
regulations that affect how you use social media is
vital to your company’s success.
Knowing that one small
misstep in your social media endeavors could lead to
fines, debarment, and brand damage to your company,
you want to avoid these mistakes at all costs. This
Tip Sheet will help you better grasp social media
trends and guide your government affairs department
as they navigate this new field.
Start here with our FREE Tip Sheet
to educate yourself on all the ins and outs
of social media and lobbying.
New Educational Video “Lobbying and
Best Practices and Recent Trends”
We invite you to view our new informative video on best practices and recent
trends for lobbying and gift-giving. If your organization conducts campaigns
to benefit a special interest, you’ll want to take note, so you can develop
a strategy. In this brief video, we will instruct you how to discern what
you can and cannot do under the law.
Before you give gifts, know the best practices for state and local lobbying
and gift compliance so your company can avoid fines, debarment, or brand
damage. Companies with a strong reputation for ethics compliance can
better establish their role as industry leaders and trusted advisors.
This FREE educational video is a must-see for all government relations
professionals involved in advocacy and lobbying compliance at the state and
Click here to watch the video.
Lobbyist Amendment Act Takes Effect
George Ticoras, Esq.
On June 11, several significant amendments to Alberta’s
provincial lobbying law took effect when the Lobbyists Amendment Act, 2018,
came into force by Royal Assent.
most substantial change in the existing Lobbyist Act is the reduction of an
organizational lobbyist’s time threshold from 100 hours annually to 50 hours
annually. For the purposes of determining whether lobbying amounts to 50
hours annually, time spent lobbying includes time spent preparing for
communication as well as time communicating with a public office holder.
Another change to the law amends the definition of
lobbying to statutorily include grassroots communication as a form of
regulated lobbying requiring registration. Grassroots
communication does not include communication between an organization and
its members, officers, or employees or between a person or partnership and
its shareholders, partners, officers, or employees.
The Lobbyists Amendment Act also prohibits a consultant
lobbyist or organizational lobbyist from giving or promising any gift,
favor, or other benefit to a public office holder he or she is prohibited
from accepting, or anything that would place the public office holder in a
conflict of interest.
Contingency payment arrangements for lobbyists are
prohibited, but the Lobbyists Amendment Act allows contingency arrangements
in effect previous to June 11 to continue with certain restrictions.
Contingency payments are permitted until the earlier of either the
agreement’s expiration date or June 2020. Renewals of existing contingency
payment arrangements are prohibited going forward.
New and amended definitions of public office holder,
former public office holder, and provincial entity are
included in the act. The registrar’s ability to remove a return from the
registry if a lobbyist does not comply with his or her semiannual filing
requirement has been codified to allow an appeal process similar to the
process previous allowable through regulation.
An additional exemption to registration requirements was
added for individuals who are recognized as elders by their aboriginal
[The details for this article have been updated on our website in
the Registration and Reports Required sections of Lobbying and Procurement
Lobbying Compliance Laws for Alberta, Canada].
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq.,
COLORADO: The Office of Secretary of State adopted new campaign finance
rules in response to a federal court ruling. Judge Raymond Moore
struck down provisions of state law allowing private citizens to
file complaints. Until the ruling, all complaints received a hearing
without review for merit. New enforcement mechanisms provide for
initial review of complaints and an opportunity to cure violations
prior to investigation and enforcement. Substantive requirements of
state campaign finance law were not affected.
The Board of Governors for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
unanimously approved a new policy requiring lobbyist registration.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis asked the board last
month to create a registration and disclosure process at the
corporation similar to executive branch requirements. Effective
September 1, lobbyists will be required to register by a new online
system before communicating with a member of the board or an
employee of the corporation outside of a public meeting.
MONTANA: Gov. Steve Bullock signed an executive order on June 8 to further
Montana’s goal of shedding light on dark money spending in
elections. The executive order applies to new contracts for goods
over $50,000 and new services contracts over $25,000 and requires
government contractors who have spent more than $2,500 in the past
two years in elections to disclose their donations. The executive
order aims to shed light on contributions not otherwise required to
The Oklahoma Ethics Commission voted to increase lobbying and
campaign finance fees to avoid a potential financial crisis. Because
the Legislature refused to give the agency any money from the
general revenue fund, the commission could run out of money next
fiscal year. In the past, the commission was given an appropriation
to use for operational expenses. It then used the money generated
from fees to fund ethics investigations. This year, however, the
Legislature instructed the agency to use fees as its sole source of
funding. Commissioners claim lawmakers failed to fund the agency in
retaliation for imposing strict ethics rules. The commission is
expected to file suit with the Oklahoma Supreme Court to address the
lack of funding. All registration fees will increase by $100
effective July 1.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Mayor Mark Farrell signed a campaign finance ordinance passed the
Board of Supervisors to provide more transparency for political
contributions. Ordinance No. 129-18 includes a pay-to-play provision
extending the restricted period from six-months to a year following
contract approval. Interested parties donating $10,000 or more to a
nonprofit as behested payments on behalf of a public official must
disclose the payment within 30 days. The ordinance also contains
additional disclosure requirements for bundled contributions and
contributions made by certain business entities. The ordinance is
effective June 30, but most provisions are not operative until
January 1, 2019.
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 requirement to register as a lobbyist in some
jurisdictions is triggered by engaging in lobbying or
agreeing to lobby on behalf of an employer. However,
many jurisdictions do not require registration until a
threshold is met. Jurisdictions that have an expenditure
threshold require registration for giving certain gifts
to covered officials. If you are a non-lobbyist planning
to provide gifts to covered officials, consult the Gift
Law section in the Lobbying or Procurement Lobbying
Compliance Law entries. If the jurisdiction has an
expenditure registration threshold, notification of the
threshold will appear just below the gift chart. Always
check the registration threshold before becoming active
in a jurisdiction, as the rules may allow you to avoid
or delay registration. Even if an individual’s
expenditures do not require registration, the
expenditures may still need to be reported on the
employer’s activity reports.
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.
My company is a registered lobbyist employer
in California. We are sponsoring an invitation-only
reception and want to invite state officials.
Are there any
gift laws or other requirements we need to worry about?
The California gift laws allow lobbyist employers to provide
gifts to an official with an aggregate total value of $470
or less each year. The gift would be reportable as an
activity expense on your quarterly lobbyist employer report.
Lobbyist employers must also comply with notification rules
when an official receives a gift aggregating $50 or more in
a calendar year...
Read the full article here
For further information, please visit the California
lobbying entry on our website. Please feel free to give us a
call if you have any questions.
Bomba, Esq., Compliance Associate
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As we begin to
celebrate our 25th Anniversary,
we would like to share some photos of the
happening in Akron, OH.
APS Project Grad
and Larry Butler
with Elizabeth Bartz.
must include a cake.
State and Federal Communications, Inc.
Myra Cottrill, Esq.
In June we
celebrated the anniversaries of two staff
members - Myra Cottrill, Esq. and Dave McPeek,
Business and Operations Analyst.
We appreciate our hard-working staff.
We have been posting a bit about
Intern 2018 on Social Media thru the past 2 weeks.
This is quite a talented and driven group.
TEAM INTERN 2018
Peter Keares, Abigail Siegfried, Greta Conley, Kayliegh
Crumb, and Sam Waller.
Booth 417 on July 30 - 31, and August 1, 2018.
NCSL 2018 at the
Los Angeles Convention Center.
Plan to say hello at future
events where State and Federal
will be attending and/or
speaking regarding compliance issues.
July 30 -
National Conference of State Legislatures -
Los Angeles, California
Buzz Advocacy Summit,
United Way of Summit
County: 100th Anniversary Bold Future Ball,
Akron Press Club State of
the County with Ilene Shapiro,
September 4 - 8
CMI Content Marketing
September 6 - 8
Practising Law Institute,
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