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Martha Hughes Cannon
First State Senator

Martha Hughes Cannon, born in Utah in 1857, wore many hats during her life. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s school of Pharmacy and returned to become a physician for the Salt Lake City community. She was also a school teacher, a secretary, dishwasher, and a typesetter for the local paper. Although Cannon wore many hats, she adds one more to the list. Cannon becomes the first woman to elected a state senator in 1896.

Martha, also known as “Mattie,” wanted to become a doctor and had the opportunity to attend the University of Pennsylvania. When she graduated, she returned to Utah and worked at Deseret Hospital, where she met her husband Angus. Later, they married and had three kids. Unfortunately, since Mattie was in a polygamist relationship, she was exiled to England for a short stint of time. When she returned to Utah, she created her own medical practice, and was a huge advocate for the health of her community.

After she started her practice, she ran for state senator of Utah. She ran as a Democrat, against her husband, a Republican, and won by 2,000 votes.  Cannon was the creator of the State Board of Health while she was a senator. After her time as senator, she was on the Utah’s State Board of Health and helped create many of their policies.

Martha, a huge advocate for heath, became a doctor, developed her own practice, and helped establish the State Board of Health. She also became the first woman to become a state senator. Martha is looked at an icon for women all over the world because she pursued her love of health and became a national figure who worked hard to pass bill after bill to help protect the health of the disabled, working women, and for better sanitation in the state.

Join us next month for another update on first-elected women. Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson, was the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. February will conclude our six-month review of these fabulous firsts. Many thanks to Research Associate Alexandria Vernis JD and Interns Peter Keares and Sam Waller for putting this series together.

Thank you.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz

President and CEO

Prince Edward Island Lobbying Law Effective April 1, 2019

George Ticoras, Esq.
Research Associate

The new lobbying law for the province of Prince Edward Island is scheduled to come into force April 1, 2019, according to the Department of Justice and Public Safety. Bill No. 24, the Lobbyist Registration Act, was passed in December 2017 during the third session of the 65th General Assembly of the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly and has already received Royal Assent. Currently the province is setting up an Office of the Lobbyist Registrar.

Upon the Act coming into force, consultant lobbyists, in-house lobbyists, and employers of in-house lobbyists will be required to register with the registrar when communicating with a public office holder, directly or through grassroots communications, in an attempt to influence them on a variety of issues. Additionally, a consultant lobbyist will be required to register when communicating with a public office holder to influence the awarding of any contract by or on behalf of the Crown or arrange a meeting between a public office holder and any other person. Registrants will be required to file returns with the registrar every six months detailing the relevant subject matters lobbied, including legislative and regulatory proposals; the techniques of communication the lobbyist has used or expects to use to lobby; the employer or client for which the registrant is lobbying; and the identification of entities or persons paying more than $750 per fiscal year to the registrant to lobby.

Lobbying on a contingency fee basis is prohibited for consultant lobbyists and former public office holders are prohibited from lobbying for a period of six months after leaving office. Penalties for violations of the Act include fines up to $25,000. Each of Canada’s 10 provinces have laws regulating lobbying.

[The details for this article will be updated on our website in the Lobbying Compliance Laws and Procurement Lobbying Compliance Laws for Prince Edward Island.]

Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to Compliance Regulations 

Michael Beckett, Esq., Research Manager

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: City Council passed an ethics bill introduced by City Councilman Zeke Cohen. Ordinance No. 18-0230, also known as the Transparency in Lobbying Act, became law without the mayor’s signature on December 3. The ordinance requires lobbyists to file reports twice a year and affirmatively identify their clients when approaching city government officials. Additionally, any lobbyist violating the act may be banned for a period of three years. An amendment was adopted to delay the effective date of the reporting provisions. As a result, lobbyists will file the annual report due January 31, 2019. Following the 2019 annual report, lobbyists will likely report semiannually beginning with a report due on July 31, 2019. The bill will be effective March 3, 2019, but the section impacting reporting requirements will be effective March 3 or 30 days from a viable online reporting system being implemented, whichever is later.

HAWAII: The Ethics Commission will launch a new electronic filing system for lobbying registrations and disclosures beginning in January 2019, allowing lobbyists and organizations to register online for the 2019-2020 legislative biennium. Lobbyists who plan to continue lobbying in 2019 must renew registrations by Monday, January 28, 2019. Commission staff are available to assist lobbyists who have already registered for the 2019-2020 lobbying period via a paper filing. Lobbying expenditure reports for 2019 may be submitted electronically through the new e-filing system as early as March 2019.

MISSOURI: A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that Missouri statutes regarding lobbyist registration and reporting were constitutional. In Calzone v. Summers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the decision of U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri finding the First Amendment does not shield unpaid individuals designated to act as lobbyists from registration and reporting requirements under sections 105.470 and 105.473 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.

PORTLAND, OREGON: Mayor Ted Wheeler submitted to City Council a proclamation stating the recently passed campaign finance ballot measure is enacted and in effect. The Honest Elections City of Portland Charter Amendment prohibits corporate contributions and limits contributions from individuals and committees to $500 per election cycle. The measure also caps independent expenditures and is likely to face legal challenge. City Council is expected to submit the measure to the local circuit court for validation early next year.

YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA: Yukon will likely have its first lobbying law sometime in 2019. Bill No. 23, the Lobbyist Registration Act, received Royal Assent in November, but is not yet in effect. The Act will come into force on a day or days to be fixed by the commissioner in executive council. Upon the Act coming into force, consultant lobbyists and in-house lobbyists will be required to register. Registration will be required for individuals communicating with a public office holder, directly or through grassroots communications, for attempting to influence. Additionally, a consultant lobbyist will be required to register when arranging a meeting between a public office holder and any other person for the purposes covered by the Act. There are two revolving door provisions in the Act. For the six-month period after ceasing to be in office, a former public office holder is prohibited from lobbying as a consultant lobbyist, but he or she is not prohibited from immediately lobbying as an in-house lobbyist. Additionally, a consultant lobbyist is prohibited from becoming an employee of Yukon’s public service for six months after termination of lobbyist registration. Penalties for violations of the Lobbyist Registration Act include fines up to $25,000 for the first violation and up to $100,000 for each subsequent violation.

Legislation We Are Tracking

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.

  Total bills Number of Jurisdictions Passed Died Carried over
to 2019
Lobbying Laws 429 54 38 232 23
Political Contributions 704 54 64 427 28
Procurement Lobbying 571 55 50 311 39

W  E  B  S  I  T  E      T  I  P

We have added a resource chart to the website entitled “Inaugurations Guide - Based on November 2018 Elections.” The guide provides inaugural compliance information for each governor elected this past November. The chart includes the governor’s name, party, inauguration date, and rules on tickets to events and contributions to inaugural committees. Be sure to consult the chart if you and your company intend to provide resources for these high-profile and often scrutinized events.


State and Federal Communications’ Experts Answer Your Questions

Here is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal Communications, Inc. Send your questions to experts@stateandfed.com. (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.

I have heard Vermont has enacted a new pay-to-play law. What can you tell me about the new law and how it affects contributors?


Vermont’s new pay-to-play law went into effect December 16, 2018.  It breaks down into contributor restrictions and contractor restrictions.

Contributor restrictions:  If a person makes a contribution to a state officer or a candidate for a state office, or if his, her, or its principal or spouse makes such a contribution, that person may not negotiate or enter into a sole source contract valued at $50,000 or more or multiple sole source contracts valued in the aggregate at $100,000 or more with that state office or with the state on behalf of that office within one year following...


Read the full article here


For more information, be sure to check out the “Pay-to-Play” section of the
U.S. Procurement Lobbying Compliance Laws online publication for Vermont.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Nola R. Werren, Esq., Client Specialist

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State and Federal Communications, Inc.
Scrapbook - January 2019

I was reminded over the 2018 holidays -
You Can't Make Old Friends.

Pam Anderson, Judith Zimomra, Elizabeth Bartz,
and Diane Laney Fitzpatrick - Kent State Alumni & Friends

I love seeing former interns.

Former State and Federal Communications Interns:
Luke Hall, Scott Hall, Elizabeth Bartz,
and Jerry Hall.

Attendees (l - r) Michael Beckett, Esq., Research Manager; Amber Fish Linke, Esq., Director, Client and Product Operations; Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO; Myra Cottrill, Esq., Client Specialist; and Jim Sedor, Editor.

John Dean
, Akron, OH native, New York Times
Bestselling Author, & former White House Counsel
to President Nixon with Elizabeth Z. Bartz at COGEL..

Plan to say hello at future events where State and Federal Communications, Inc.
will be attending and/or speaking regarding compliance issues.


January 10, 2019

PRSA Akron Area Chapter, Akron, OH

January 15, 2019

Diversity Partners Present: #MostDiverseCongressEver, Washington, DC

January 17, 2019 

Akron Roundtable, Akron, OH

January 17-19, 2019    

NCSL Winter Executive Committee Meeting, New Orleans, LA

January 21, 2019

Akron Urban League MLK Jr. Day Breakfast, Akron, OH

January 23, 2019

GPN Welcome the 116th Congress Reception, Washington, DC

January 23-25, 2019 

US Conference of Mayors--Winter Meeting, Washington, DC

January 28-31, 2019  

PAC Advocacy Conference, Key West, FL


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