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Myra Cottrill—Thank You
I have been in denial. Myra Cottrill, who has been at State and
Federal Communications for 11 years, left to open Cottrill
Law and assist a retiring attorney with his family
will all miss Myra. She joined State and Federal as a
Research Associate and quickly moved to Compliance as an
associate. She developed a great relationship with our
clients needing assistance with procurement lobbying and
pay-to-play laws, and provided education seminars to sales
associates who needed to know to keep the company protected.
She was promoted to client specialist and devoted almost
half her career here keeping our clients aware of the
procurement issues that affect so many companies.
Last month, she came in to speak with me about starting her
own firm—just as her husband did—and knew an
retiring and looking for someone to take over the firm. She
felt it was time to take this risk and opportunity.
There is a lot to being self-employed and building a
business. I admire Myra for knowing she wanted to make a
change in the community and taking the plunge to start a
firm. She will always have a home at State and Federal
Communications, and she will be back in October for a photo
we are taking of the graduates of State Government Relations
Professional Lobbying Certificate. Plus, her office is in
downtown Akron, and there is always a lot going on in town.
All the best, Myra. You will rock this opportunity.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
Quebec Amends Lobbying Transparency
and Ethics Act
George Ticoras, Esq.
A bill amending Quebec’s Lobbying Transparency
and Ethics Act was assented to on June 19. Bill 6 requires
verification of return information, modifies penalty provisions,
and transfers to the lobbyists commissioner in 2021 the
responsibility for maintaining the lobbyist registry.
Parts of the bill came into force on June 19,
including a requirement that current registered consultant
lobbyists and, in the case of an enterprise lobbyist or
organization lobbyist, the senior officer of the enterprise or
group, make sure the information contained in the returns and
notices filed by him or her is accurate, complete, and
up-to-date. He or she must verify and, if necessary, complete or
amend the registry information by August 18. The new legislation
allows the lobbyists commissioner to extend the August 18
deadline if more time is needed for the lobbyist or senior
officer to complete or amend the information or for other
reasons the commissioner believes appropriate.
Also coming into force on June 19 is a
three-year statute of limitations for the prosecution of
lobbying violations, starting from the time a prosecutor becomes
aware of a violation. A prosecution would be prohibited if the
offense occurred more than seven years earlier. The bill
specifies the statute of limitations does not apply to
circumstances where an individual is hindering the work of the
lobbyists commissioner or of a person authorized by the
commissioner conducting an inquiry.
On December 19, 2021, the bill also amends the
province’s lobbying law by transferring responsibility for
keeping the registry of lobbyists to the lobbyists commissioner.
Currently, paperwork filed by lobbyists is processed with the
Ministry of Justice. The information currently contained in the
registry of lobbyists will be kept by the Register of Personal
and Movable Real Rights until June 19, 2020, or for a longer
period if the Government of Quebec determines it necessary.
[The details for this article have been updated on our
website in the Registration, Reports Required, and Penalties
and Remedies sections of the Canadian Lobbying and
Procurement Lobbying Compliance Laws for Quebec.]
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq.,
ARIZONA: State utility
regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission approved a new
code of ethics prohibiting commissioners from ruling on issues
involving interested parties that have given them direct
campaign donations. Only commissioners that publicly finance
their campaigns may make rulings on issues regarding interested
parties with employees or owners that gave them personal
MAINE: Gov. Janet Mills held
legislation limiting the influence of lobbyists by expanding the
prohibition on accepting political contributions. Current law
prohibits a lobbyist, lobbyist associate, or employer from
contributing to the governor, members of the Legislature,
constitutional officers, or their staff or agents while the
Legislature is convened in session. Legislative Document 54
extends application of that prohibition year-round, regardless
of whether the Legislature is in session. Mills is expected to
act on the bill at the beginning of the next session.
MISSOURI: Gov. Mike Parson
signed procurement legislation bringing changes to the state’s
bid solicitation process. House Bill 1088 requires solicitations
and subsequent purchases to be publicly advertised only if a
contract is worth more than $100,000. The previous threshold was
$25,000. The threshold for competitive bid procedures is also
increasing from $3,000 to purchases in excess of $10,000.
Information technology purchases estimated not to exceed
$150,000 may be completed under an informal process, doubling
the previous threshold of $75,000. The bill becomes effective on
August 28, 2019.
NEW YORK: The New York State
Joint Commission of Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced an extension
for the submission of bimonthly reports for the May to June
reporting period until July 31. JCOPE extended the deadline due
to ongoing technical difficulties with the online Lobbying
Application. This extension corresponds with the previously
announced extension for client semiannual reports and source of
funding disclosures. The commission is working to fix the issues
and further updates will be announced on the JCOPE website.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA:
Voters will have a chance in November to increase the
restrictions on political contributions in the latest campaign
finance proposal aimed at pay-to-play. The Sunlight on Dark
Money ballot initiative requires greater disclosure of who is
behind campaign advertisements paid for by PACs. The measure
requires the top three largest donors of the committee paying
for the advertisement to disclose the name and amount
contributed to the committee. If any of the three belong to
another committee, they must disclose the top two donors of that
committee as well. The measure would also prohibit top
executives in development companies from contributing to
candidates or current officeholders of the Board of Supervisors,
mayor, and city attorney while a project they have financial
interest in is pending approval or for 12 months after the city
makes a final decision on the project. The measure will also
close a loophole allowing LLCs and LLPs to contribute to
candidates despite an existing ban on those donations from
corporations. If passed, the measure would take effect 10 days
after the election results are certified.
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.
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The company I work for is organized as an LLC and would
like to make political contributions to New York state
candidates. What should I know about the recent changes
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Beginning January 31, 2019, new laws govern how
much limited liability companies (LLCs) may contribute
to political candidates and certain committees in New
LLCs are now limited to an aggregate $5,000
annual contribution limit to all candidates and
committees, with the exception of housekeeping,
independent expenditure, and ballot proposition
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State and Federal
Celebrating their 10th Anniversary - Rebecca South
[standing left] and Ken Kelewae [seated right] with Joe
May [standing right] and Sue Kelewae [seated left].
Conference of Mayors Luau, Honolulu, HI
with John Chames,
Jean Cantrell, and
celebrated several anniversaries of our staff. Each
staff member is integral to the success of
State and Federal Communications, Inc.
Photographed with Elizabeth Bartz are the following:
Becky Campbell [8 years], Amber Fish Linke [14 years], Carlo
Aguja [1 year], Nola Werren [22 years], and Adrienne
Borgstahl [3 years]. Not photographed: Nicolette
Koozer [18 years]
Interns assisted in
preparations for our team
attending the 2019 NCSL Legislative Summit held
in Nashville in August.
Interns displayed the
number of meals State and Federal Communications
contributed to the
Harvest for Hunger Program.
that time of year where the interns are making plans
on moving back to school.
Every once in a while we get to hire former interns
into positions at State and Federal Communications,
Inc. This fall our sixth former intern will
become a permanent
member of our staff.
Plan to say
hello at future events where State and Federal
will be attending and/or speaking
regarding compliance issues.
August 4, 2019
Committee Summit, Nashville, TN
August 5-8, 2019
Legislative Summit, Nashville, TN
August 15, 2019
August 15, 2019
United Way of
Summit County - Knight Breakfast, Akron, OH
August 29, 2019
Club - State of the County, Akron, OH
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