attempt to produce a weekly newsletter for my staff called,
Notes for Next Week. I include a number of professional and
personal development programs for the staff to attend. We
request they each attend two events a quarter…Yes, that
could be a lot, but they are great programs.
what are you attending in 2020? Think of how you can stretch
and grow. I assure you whatever you attend is a win-win for
you and your employer. You learn, you meet new people, and
you bring back nuggets to pass on to your colleagues.
you are in Akron, here is the list of what we are attending
in the first two months.
Greater Akron Chamber starts its January Morning
Buzz program, beginning at 7:30 am, Friday, January 17th,
at Hilton Garden East. Ron Shea from R. Shea Brewery is
Akron Urban League will hold its annual Martin
Luther King breakfast from 7:30 am to 9 am, Monday,
January 20th at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.
Greater Akron Chamber will start its 2020
KNOW—Knowledgeable Network of Women—from 11:30 am to 1
pm, January 23 at the Greater Akron Chamber Event
Space. The speaker will be Borbala Banto, founder of
Concierge CPAs and Better Numbers for Lawyers. Her
topic is "Courage—The Currency of the 21st Century Woman."
Akron Roundtable will hold its January program on
Monday, January 27th. Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown
will speak about his new book, Desk 88.
Heart-to-Heart Communications January quarterly
breakfast will take place from 7:15 am to 8:45 am,
Tuesday December 28th at United Way of Summit County.
Bill Considine, CEO Emeritus of Akron Children's
Hospital, will share Everything that Matters: Defining
SUCCESS in life and leadership. He will discuss his
newly published second
novel, Success, and how this affects life and
Greater Akron Chamber Women’s Network Wake Up
Akron will be from 7:30 am to 9 am Wednesday, February
5 at Akron Family Restaurant. The speaker is Marjorie
Cook, Manager of Business Development and Sales at Eyedeal Graphics,
and the topic is "The Five Love Languages of Business."
Greater Akron Chamber will hold a Legacy of
Leadership dinner celebrating Don Plusquellic’s 42 years
of dedicated service to the City of Akron and his
continued efforts in bringing global business to the
region. The program will be from 5:30 pm to 8 pm,
Wednesday, February 5, at the JS Knight Center.
Akron Roundtable will hold its monthly program on
Thursday, February 20 from noon to 1 pm at Quaker
Station. The speaker is Leah Werner, Senior Program Manager
Corporation for Supportive Housing.
Akron Canton Foodbank Harvest for Hunger campaign
begins at 7:30 am February 25th at the JS Knight
Convention Center. State and Federal Communications is a
sponsor and we have 16 seats for the event.
And that list doesn’t include the conferences we are attending,
including the Public Affairs Council Institute, Public
Affairs Council Advocacy Conference, and the Public Affairs
Council PAC Conference. Can you tell we are huge fans of the
Public Affairs Council? Each of these three programs help
our staff understand the work we are doing for our clients
and we get the opportunity to share the information we know
with the participants.
are definitely other conferences we attend, too. State
Government Affairs Council (SGAC) will host its National
Summit in Austin in May, the Association of Copy Editors
Society will host its annual conference in Salt Lake
City in April, and the National Conference of State
Legislatures will host a number of meetings around the
country this year, starting with the January Executive
Committee in Austin. (Did I mention I have four conferences
in Austin to attend in 2020?)
will always keep you up to date on conferences we are
attending. But, in the meantime, let your fingers do the
walking on your keyboard and search items of interest for
is a great year to be who you want to be.
Wishing you all the best this New Year.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
Colorado Adopts 72-hour Disclosure Rules
for Professional Lobbyists
The Colorado Office of Secretary of State released amendments to
the rules concerning lobbyist regulations, shedding light on
disclosure requirements when a lobbyist has a new client or a
new legislative position.
changes concerning lobbyist regulation were
required after Gov. Jared Polis signed the
Lobbyist Transparency Act in May 2019. House
Bill 1248, effective January 1, 2020, requires
lobbyists to provide notice to the secretary of
state within 72 hours of agreeing to lobby in
connection with a new client, new legislation,
or a new position on existing legislation.
To eliminate repetition of the Colorado Revised Statues, several
rules were relocated during a rulemaking hearing in November. On
December 13, the secretary of state issued a notice of adoption,
indicating the rules are to be effective on a temporary basis
January 1, 2020, and will become permanently effective 20 days
after publication in the Colorado Register.
In accordance with the new Rule 2.8, a professional lobbyist
agreeing to lobby for a new client while the General Assembly is
in session must electronically disclose the identity of the new
client within 24 hours and the legislation, standards, rules, or
rates on which the lobbyist is lobbying within 72 hours. If a
lobbyist agrees to lobby for an existing client in connection
with new legislation, standards, rules, or rates while the
General Assembly is in session, the lobbyist must electronically
disclose the new legislation within 72 hours as well as whether
the lobbyist’s client is supporting, opposing, amending, or
monitoring the legislation. If a lobbyist takes a new position
on legislation, standards, rules, or rates for an existing
client while the General Assembly is in session, the lobbyist
must electronically disclose the change of position.
Additionally, the Office of Secretary of State Lobbyist Program
is developing a policy manual to help lobbyists understand and
comply with legal requirements set out in the rules. The manual
will be posted on the Lobbyist Program website as soon as it
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq.,
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA:
On May 4, 2020, several key changes of British
Columbia’s lobbying law come into effect, including changing the
name of the Lobbyist Registration Act to the Lobbyist
Transparency Act. On November 25, 2019, the lieutenant governor
issued the Lobbyist Transparency Regulation and proclaimed the
May 4 date for the changes of Bill 54 to come into force. Bill
54 makes other changes including reducing the time threshold for
requiring in-house lobbyists to register from 100 hours to 50
hours annually; adding a requirement for lobbyists to complete a
monthly return containing details of actual lobbying activities
in the previous month by the 15th of each subsequent month; and
declarations in those returns of what code of conduct the
lobbyists has undertaken and where it is available for public
viewing. Additionally, there is a newly enacted prohibition on
gifts from lobbyists, but does not apply if the gift is given
under the protocol or social obligations normally accompanying
the duties of a public office holder and the total value of the
gift given is less $100 in a 12-month period. A new online
Lobbyists Registry is in development to replace the current
The city of Chicago announced a three-month delay for the
effective date of an ordinance expanding the definition of
lobbyist to include persons acting on behalf of a nonprofit
if they undertake those efforts as a matter of professional
engagement, regardless of pay or compensation. Ethics Ordinance
2019-5305, originally scheduled to be effective January 1, 2020,
will provide exceptions to the registration requirements for
persons who conduct nonpartisan analysis or research, provide
technical advice, or examine broad social and economic problems.
The Office of the Secretary of State released a notice on
December 17 that registration of lobbyists and lobbying entities
will be delayed until January 6, 2020. The delay is due to the
programming required to implement the registration changes
required by Senate Bill 1639, which passed during the veto
session in November. Senate Bill 1639 requires lobbying entities
to report if they are registered or expect to be required to
register to lobby a unit of local government.
On December 19, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched
the system-generated Client Semiannual Report (CSA) feature on
the state’s online Lobbying Application system. Contractual
clients who lobby on their own behalf and do not utilize the
services of any retained lobbyists are not required to file CSA
reports. Instead, system-generated CSA reports will be created
with information directly imported from filed lobbyist bimonthly
reports covering the applicable reporting period. The system
will not create a system-generated CSA if an employed principal
lobbyist has submitted a CSA report for the January to June
reporting period. Also, contractual clients are still required
to disclose sources of funding or indicate source of funding
reporting is not required. No filing fee is required for
system-generated CSA reports except to add retained lobbyist
information. Adding retained lobbyists requires a $50 filing fee
and filing CSA reports going forward.
For the first time, the Ohio Lobbying Activity Center (OLAC)
will accept electronic payment for registration renewals,
meaning lobbyists who pay electronically will not have to print
and mail anything to OLAC. A lobbyist may pay individually, by
client, or simply by selecting the “add all pending items to
cart” from the agent homepage and pay for renewals at one time.
The renewal option closes on January 15, 2020. Registrations
submitted after this date will require a signature page signed
by both the lobbyist and the employer. For lobbyists who wish to
still pay by check, the Office of the Legislative Inspector
General must receive an invoice and filing fee no later than
January 31 for each 2020 engagement.
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 regarding lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying.
Number of Jurisdictions
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.
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just our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.
I heard Illinois enacted new
What do I need to know to
ensure we are compliant?
In Illinois, lobbyist registrations must include
identifying information, the name and address of one's client(s), the type of action(s) and agencies
intends to lobby, the nature of one's client’s business,
and confirmation the lobbyist registrant has a sexual
harassment policy. With the passage of Senate Bill 1639
on December 5, lobbyist registrants must disclose
additional information on their Illinois registrations...
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When Akron Children's Hospital
held their 2019,
this tree spoke to Elizabeth. It was enjoyed
Every once in a while, the stars align and an Intern
or Part Time employee becomes a prize permanent
employee. We are fortunate to have had this
happen several times.
[front row: Anthony Didion, Zoe Wrisley, David
Jones, Joanna Kamvouris, J.D.;
back row: Dave McPeek, Peter Keares, Sam Waller, and
Alexandra Vernis, J.D.]
Government Affairs Conference, LPC, Charleston, SC.
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