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Georgia General Assembly Adjourns 2018 Legislative Session

Georgia, legislative sessions

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned its 2018 legislative session. Lawmakers worked through midnight, a few minutes beyond the March 29 Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Governor Planning to Call a Special Legislative Session in May

legislative sessions, special session, West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice proposed calling a special legislative session to address the creation of a Department of Arts and Culture Continued on Next Page

Maryland Senator Resigns Before Pleading Guilty to Corruption Charges

ethics, Maryland

Sen. Nathaniel Oaks resigned from the Maryland Senate before pleading guilty to corruption charges on March 29, 2018. Gov. Larry Continued on Next Page

Alabama Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Alabama, legislative sessions

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on March 29, 2018. The Legislature passed House Bill 317, exempting economic development professionals Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – March 30, 2018

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On this #330 day, get all the government, ethics and elections news you can use from this proud Akron, Ohio Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – March 30, 2018

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      National: Political Lobbyists Are the New Hot Thing in Pop Culture MarketWatch – Tom Teodorczuk | Published: 3/26/2018 Lobbyists have Continued on Next Page

Walker Calls Special Elections to Fill Vacant Legislative Seats

elections, special elections, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order calling special elections for two legislative seats. He initially refused to call Continued on Next Page

Pennsylvania Voting Reform Plan Announced

campaign finance, elections, Pennsylvania

This week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced what he called a 21st century voting reform plan. This announcement follows an ethics Continued on Next Page

A Landmark Conversation Has Begun in Akron

Corporate Social Responsibility, State and Federal Communications

One of the great things about my job as Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility is I get the chance to Continued on Next Page

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Partially Vetoes then Signs Campaign Finance Bill

campaign finance, Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee partially vetoed and signed into law a bill addressing campaign finance reporting and enforcement requirements. The governor Continued on Next Page

Idaho Legislature Adjourns 2018 Legislative Session

Idaho, legislative sessions

On March 28, the Idaho Legislature adjourned its 2018 legislative session. The adjournment process was revised following a lawsuit over Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government and Ethics News

elections, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Elections National: “Manafort Associate Had Russian Intelligence Ties During 2016 Campaign, Prosecutors Say” by Spencer Hsu and Rosalind Helderman for Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Wyden Presses NRA to Divulge Foreign Donations and How They Were Spent” by Peter Stone and Greg Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Legislature Adjourns 2018 Session

legislative sessions, South Dakota

The South Dakota Legislature adjourned its 2018 session on March 26. During the 40-day session, lawmakers passed a $4.7 billion Continued on Next Page

Gov. Walker Refuses to Call Special Elections

elections, special elections, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Republicans plan to call an extraordinary session to amend state election law rather than comply with a court order Continued on Next Page

Foreign Influence Transparency Act Introduced in Senate

FARA, lobbying

On March 21, Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton and Rep. Joe Wilson introduced a bill to limit exemptions for Continued on Next Page

South Dakota to Hold Special Election on Amendment to the State Constitution

elections, South Dakota, special elections

A statewide special election will be held June 5, the same date as the primary elections, on a proposed amendment Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, lobbying

Campaign Finance England: “Using Digital Firm, Brexit Campaigners Skirted Spending Laws, Ex-Employee Says” by David Kirkpatrick for New York Times Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance National: “Bolton Was Early Beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Data” by Matthew Rosenberg for New York Times New Continued on Next Page

Hawaii State Rep. Joe Souki to Resign Amid Harassment Allegations

ethics, Hawaii

Former Hawaii House Speaker Joseph Souki is being forced to resign after admitting to inappropriately touching and kissing multiple women Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – March 23, 2018

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A lot of campaign finance, ethics, elections and lobbying news to cover in this weeks NYCU Video Digest!  

News You Can Use Digest – March 23, 2018

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      National: There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018. New York Times – Continued on Next Page

House Spending Bill Includes Campaign Finance Provisions

campaign finance, Federal Government

Among the provisions in the 2,232-page federal 2018 spending bill passed by the U.S. House today were sections affecting campaign Continued on Next Page

Walker Must Call Special Elections to Fill Legislative Vacancies

elections, special elections, Wisconsin

Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds ruled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker must call special elections to fill legislative vacancies. Two Continued on Next Page

North Dakota Government Ethics Petition Approved

ethics, lobbying, North Dakota

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the format of a petition to amend the state constitution to include Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Gov. Appoints Sen. Thad Cochran’s Replacement

elections, Mississippi, special elections

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Federal Election Officials Failed to Enforce Campaign Finance Requirements on Outside Group in 2010, Judge Rules” by Continued on Next Page

Free White Paper on Assessing the Health of Your Government Relations Work

Compliance, lobbying, State and Federal Communications

Have you assessed the health and overall risks in your company’s government affairs compliance program? Reputation is your company’s most Continued on Next Page

Washington Passes Law Requiring Disclosure from Nonprofits Engaged in Political Campaigns

campaign finance, Washington

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the DISCLOSE Act, a law requiring certain nonprofit organizations to file organizational statements Continued on Next Page

Indiana Special Session Likely to be Called

Indiana, legislative sessions, special session

On March 14, the second regular session of the 120th Indiana General Assembly adjourned with several bills pending on the Continued on Next Page

Utah Governor Signs Bill Expanding Ban on Contributions During Sessions

campaign finance, political action committee, political contributions, Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert signed House Bill 320 this week, putting it into effect immediately. The bill expands the existing prohibition Continued on Next Page

Federal Court Finds FEC Decision Concerning Outside Political Activity of Group During 2010 Elections Inconsistent with Governing Statutes

campaign finance, FEC, Federal Election Commission

On March 20, a federal court found the Federal Election Commission (FEC) failed to interpret campaign finance laws correctly as Continued on Next Page

Florida Revolving Door Proposal One Step Closer to November Ballot

ethics, Florida, lobbying, revolving door

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) is one step closer to placing an ethics proposal on the November ballot. Proposal Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News

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Campaign Finance California: “Californians Appointed to State Posts Could Soon Be Barred from Writing Checks to Lawmakers Who Vote on Continued on Next Page

Maryland House Votes to Bolster Laws on Sexual Harassment by Lobbyists

legislative issues, lobbying, Maryland

The Maryland House of Delegates unanimously voted on Monday to strengthen the General Assembly’s sexual harassment policies to cover lobbyists. Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, procurement

Campaign Finance Illinois: “15 Got Promotions from Court Clerk Dorothy Brown Within 6 Months of Donations” by Robert Herguth and Continued on Next Page

Monterey County, California to Hold Meetings on Campaign Finance Reform

California, campaign finance

An ad-hoc committee led by members of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors is starting a series of invitation-only meetings Continued on Next Page

Carroll County, Maryland Passes Ethics Ordinance

ethics, Maryland

The Board of Commissioners adopted a county ethics ordinance requiring additional disclosures from county candidates, elected officials, and certain county Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called for Iowa Senate District 25

elections, Iowa, special elections

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 25. The special election has been called to fill the Continued on Next Page

Florida Constitution Revision Commission to Consider Revolving Door Amendment

ethics, Florida, lobbying, revolving door

Once every 20 years, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) convenes for the purpose of reviewing the state’s Constitution and Continued on Next Page

FEC Now Located at 1050 First Street NE

FEC, Federal Election Commission

Effective today, the office headquarters of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) are located at 1050 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: FEC Considers Expanding Political Ad Disclaimers to Mobile Apps by Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Tony Romm for Washington Post Continued on Next Page

Mississippi U.S. Senator to Retire

Federal Government, Mississippi, U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is retiring because of ill health on April 1. Gov. Phil Bryant has 10 days after Continued on Next Page

New York Congresswoman Louis Slaughter Passes Away

Federal Government, New York, U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, known as a champion for women’s rights, passed away on March 16, 2018. Slaughter served as Continued on Next Page

Wyoming Legislature Adjourns

legislative sessions, Wyoming

The 64th Wyoming Legislature adjourned its budget session on March 15 after a nearly week-long extension. Lawmakers passed several bills, Continued on Next Page

Indiana General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

Indiana, legislative sessions

The second regular session of the 120th Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die very late on March 14, 2018. The Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – March 16, 2018

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative sessions, lobbying

The fastest 2 & 1/2 minutes in government ethics, campaign finance, legislative sessions and elections news from this week is Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – March 15, 2018

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      National: A Super PAC Has Raised Millions to Mobilize Black Voters. Does It Matter That Its Funders Continued on Next Page

FEC Approves Draft Notice Relating to Internet Communication Disclaimers

campaign finance, FEC, Federal Election Commission

On March 14, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) approved a draft notice for rules concerning internet communication disclaimers. Because the Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Special Session Ends with Announcement from Governor

Arkansas, legislative sessions

The second extraordinary session of the 91st Arkansas General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 15, 2018. Several bills passed Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Governor to Appoint Elections and Ethics Enforcement Board Members

elections, ethics, North Carolina

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper will appoint members to the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement while litigation over Continued on Next Page

Circuit Court Upholds Cook County Pay-to-play Restrictions

campaign finance, Cook County, Illinois, pay-to-play

The Cook County Circuit Court upheld county pay-to-play limits on Tuesday, ruling against County Assessor Joseph Berrios. Berrios challenged the Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues

Campaign Finance National: “Despite Pledge to ‘Drain the Swamp,’ Trump Has Shown Little Interest in Beefing Up the Federal Election Continued on Next Page

Virginia Special Session Called

legislative sessions, special session, Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special session of the Legislature this week to finish work on the state’s budget. Continued on Next Page

Washington D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Creating Publicly Financed Elections

campaign finance, District of Columbia, elections

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser signed the Fair Elections Act creating publicly financed elections. In this voluntary program, qualified Continued on Next Page

What I learned about SXSW

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications, SXSW

SXSW has been an event I have wanted to attend but I didn’t understand it…And, after being here five days, Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “A Super PAC Has Raised Millions to Mobilize Black Voters. Does It Matter That Its Funders Are Continued on Next Page

Pennsylvania Governor Introduces Ethics Reform Plan

campaign finance, ethics, gift law, pay-to-play, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced his Citizen First ethics reform plan this week. Gov. Wolf, who took office in 2015, Continued on Next Page

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Resigns

Iowa

The majority leader of the Iowa Senate, Sen. Bill Dix, resigned on Monday, March 12. Dix resigned from his Senate Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Trump Company Email Was Used for Stormy Daniels Hush-Money Payment” by Michael Finnegan for Los Angeles Times Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Fiscal Session Adjourns with Special Session to Follow

Arkansas, legislative sessions, special session

The 2018 Arkansas fiscal session adjourned sine die on March 12. Following adjournment, Gov. Asa Hutchinson formally called a special Continued on Next Page

Florida Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Florida, legislative sessions

The Florida Legislature adjourned sine die on Sunday, March 11 after extending its annual session for several days to pass Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Legislature Adjourns

legislative sessions, procurement, West Virginia

The West Virginia Legislature adjourned sine die on March 10. Senate Bill 283, which expands the scope of those who Continued on Next Page

Washington Legislature Adjourns

campaign finance, legislative sessions, Washington

The Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die on March 8. House Bill 2938, which increases penalties for campaign finance violations, Continued on Next Page

Virginia Legislative Session Adjourns

legislative sessions, Virginia

Virginia’s General Assembly adjourned its 2018 regular legislative session Saturday, March 10. During the 60-day session, legislators were unable to Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “New Federal Rules on Facebook and Google Ads May Not Be in Place for 2018 Midterms” by Continued on Next Page

New York Assembly Introduces Pay-To-Play Bill

campaign finance, New York, pay-to-play

On March 2, 2018, Assembly Bill 9968 was introduced by Assemb. Sandy Galef. The bill prohibits business entities with state Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – March 9, 2018

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And we’re back, coming to you with the fastest 2 & 1/2 minutes in government, ethics, lobbying and campaign finance Continued on Next Page

California Gov. Jerry Brown Announces Senate District 32 Special Election Date

California, elections, special elections

California Gov. Jerry Brown called a special election to fill the Senate District 32 seat. The special primary election will Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – March 9, 2018

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      National: It’s a Steep Hill to Climb for Women Running for State Office Center for Public Integrity Continued on Next Page

Missouri Bill Would Increase Vendor Disclosure Requirements

Missouri, procurement

Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill to increase transparency in the state procurement process. Senate Bill 1060 would require individuals, Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Governor Calls Special Election

elections, Mississippi, special elections

Gov. Phil Bryant has called a special election to fill the vacancy for House District 30 on May 8. The Continued on Next Page

Judges Rule on Bipartisan North Carolina Elections-Ethics Board

elections, ethics, North Carolina

A North Carolina Superior Court three-judge panel kept in place the recently merged bipartisan state board of elections and ethics Continued on Next Page

Elections Bill Signed as Utah Session Winds Down

campaign finance, lobbying, Utah

A bill passed by the Utah Legislature last month amending parts of the state’s election code was signed by Gov. Continued on Next Page

Multnomah County, Oregon Campaign Finance Reforms Found Unconstitutional

campaign finance, Oregon

In Oregon, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge found county campaign finance reforms unconstitutional. Judge Eric Bloch ruled the voter-approved Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Adviser to Emirates with Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating with Special Counsel” by Mark Mazzetti, David Continued on Next Page

Connecticut Installing a New Lobbyist Reporting System

Connecticut, electronic filing, lobbying

The Connecticut Office of State Ethics will soon transition to a new lobbyist reporting system. The new system will be Continued on Next Page

San Jose, California Transitioning to Electronic Filing for Lobbyist Reports

California, electronic filing, lobbying, San Jose

The city of San Jose is transitioning to an electronic system for filing weekly lobbyist reports. To file weekly reports, Continued on Next Page

Nashville Mayor Resigns After Pleading Guilty to Felony Theft

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigned yesterday, March 6, after pleading guilty to felony theft of property exceeding $10,000. Barry misappropriated Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News

Uncategorized

Campaign Finance Alabama: “Watchdog Accuses Key PAC in Alabama Race of Hiding Donors” by Daniel Jackson for Courthouse News Service Continued on Next Page

Oregon Legislature Adjourns

legislative issues, legislative sessions, Oregon

On March 3, the Oregon Legislature adjourned its biennial short session. Bills passed strengthen domestic violence laws, create a task force Continued on Next Page

Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature Adjourns

legislative sessions, Louisiana, special session

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned a special legislative session on the state’s budget crisis on Monday night, two days before the Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Texas: “Talk About Big Bucks: Deer semen donations are fueling South Texas campaign” by Jackie Wang for Dallas Continued on Next Page

By-Election for Manitoba MLA St. Boniface’s Constituency by September

Canada, elections, Manitoba, special elections

On March 7, former Manitoba premier Greg Selinger will officially resign from provincial politics. Selinger announced his resignation amid allegations Continued on Next Page

Monday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Provisions Attached to Budget Bills Could Reshape Campaign Finance Laws” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Continued on Next Page

Foreign Agents Registration Amendments Act Introduced in US Senate

ethics, FARA, Federal Government, legislative issues, lobbying

On March 1, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to amend the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Included Continued on Next Page

Los Angeles, California Increases Contribution Limits

California, campaign finance, elections, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles, California City Ethics Commission announced the annual adjustments to campaign contribution limits. The contribution amount allowable per-person Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – March 2, 2018

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A packed week of campaign finance, lobbying, elections and ethics news coming to you in this edition of NYCU Video Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – March 2, 2018

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      National: The True Source of the N.R.A.’s Clout: Mobilization, not donations MSN – Eric Lipton and Alexander Continued on Next Page

Candidate Asking Court to Void Cook County Pay-to-Play Limits

campaign finance, Cook County, Illinois, pay-to-play

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios is asking Circuit Court Judge Sanjay Tailor to void the county’s pay-to-play provisions. Current ethics Continued on Next Page

San Francisco Board Member Moves to Hold a Joint Meeting

California, campaign finance, ethics, San Francisco

The San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors and Ethics Commission may hold a joint meeting and possibly vote on a Continued on Next Page

Colorado Lawmaker Facing Expulsion Vote

Colorado

The Colorado General Assembly will vote Friday on whether to expel a lawmaker; such a vote will be the first Continued on Next Page

Wisconsin Elections Administrator to Step Down

ethics, Wisconsin

Michael Haas, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, announced he is stepping down after Republican lawmakers rejected his confirmation last Continued on Next Page

We Have Done the Research

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

When we ended our three-ring, three volume publication—about 10 years ago—we had paper everywhere and Kinko’s was our best friend. Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government and Ethics News

ethics, lobbying

Ethics National: “Labor Board’s Do-Over Leaves an Obama-Era Rule Intact” by Noam Scheiber for New York Times National: “‘I Do Continued on Next Page

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