July 7, 2020 •

City of Oakland Launches Online Lobbyist Registration, Reporting System

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The Oakland Public Ethics Commission has launched the OAKAPPS Lobbyist Registration and Reporting System. This system allows users to register as an Oakland lobbyist, maintain a client list, enter lobbyist activity, draft disclosure reports, and submit them online. It is […]

The Oakland Public Ethics Commission has launched the OAKAPPS Lobbyist Registration and Reporting System.

This system allows users to register as an Oakland lobbyist, maintain a client list, enter lobbyist activity, draft disclosure reports, and submit them online.

It is available at https://apps.oaklandca.gov/OakApps/OakApps.aspx.

In order to use the system, a user name and password is needed.

For questions about using this new system, please contact the Oakland Public Ethics Commission at ethicscommission@oaklandca.gov or 510-238-3593.

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March 16, 2020 •

Rhode Island Legislative Leaders Announce One Week Closure

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On March 13, Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello and President of the Senate Dominick Ruggerio announced General Assembly sessions and hearings are canceled for the week of March 16 to March 20 due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. All legislative […]

On March 13, Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello and President of the Senate Dominick Ruggerio announced General Assembly sessions and hearings are canceled for the week of March 16 to March 20 due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

All legislative offices are closed to allow the Department of Administration to clean the State House.

Legislative leaders will monitor the developing situation to determine if future steps are required.

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February 12, 2020 •

Maine Bill Expands Restrictions on Contributions from Lobbyists

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Legislative Document 54, sponsored by Senator Justin Chenette, became law without Gov. Janet Mill’s signature. The bill extended the current law prohibiting the governor, members of the Legislature, constitutional officers, and their staff from soliciting and accepting contributions from a […]

Legislative Document 54, sponsored by Senator Justin Chenette, became law without Gov. Janet Mill’s signature.

The bill extended the current law prohibiting the governor, members of the Legislature, constitutional officers, and their staff from soliciting and accepting contributions from a lobbyist or lobbyist associate to all year-round.

Unless the lobbyist or lobbyist associate is eligible to vote on the day of the election in a district where the candidate will appear on the ballot, the lobbyist and lobbyist associate may not contribute to the governor or member of the Legislature when not in legislative session or to a gubernatorial or legislative candidate at any time during the year.

An intentional violation of the prohibition results in a civil penalty up to $1,000 for each violation and the return of the contribution in violation to the contributor.

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January 14, 2020 •

Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission Submits Measures Ahead of Session

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Ahead of the 2020 legislative session, the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission has submitted six measures to the Senate President and the House Speaker for introduction. The proposed measure relating to campaign finance reports clarifies that the increased fine for the […]

Ahead of the 2020 legislative session, the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission has submitted six measures to the Senate President and the House Speaker for introduction.

The proposed measure relating to campaign finance reports clarifies that the increased fine for the late-filing of preliminary reports only applies to the reports due 10 days before a primary, general, or special election.

This proposed change is due to the additional preliminary reports mandated by the Legislature last session.

Other proposals include legislation introduced but not passed last session, such as House Bill 164 relating to electioneering communications.

The measure includes:

  • Changing the disclosure date of electioneering communication
  • Adding advertisements sent by mail to the definition of electioneering communication
  • Rewording an exception to that definition to make it clear that candidate committees rather than noncandidate committees are required to file statements of information

The 2020 Legislative session is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 15.

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January 7, 2020 •

New Acting Director of DC’s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability

On January 2, Rochelle Ford became the acting director of the District of Columbia’s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. Ford was the Board’s Senior Attorney Advisor and had served as Interim General Counsel. Ford replaces Brent Wolfingbarger, who resigned […]

On January 2, Rochelle Ford became the acting director of the District of Columbia’s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability.

Ford was the Board’s Senior Attorney Advisor and had served as Interim General Counsel.

Ford replaces Brent Wolfingbarger, who resigned following a council oversight hearing where Wolfingbarger’s office’s performance came under criticism, according to the Washington City Paper.

His resignation was effective on December 31, 2019.

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November 13, 2019 •

Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board Seeking Executive Director

The Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board is seeking a new Executive Director. On November 12, Megan Tooker announced her resignation as the current Executive Director and Legal Counsel for the Board. Tooker, who has been with the Board since […]

The Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board is seeking a new Executive Director.

On November 12, Megan Tooker announced her resignation as the current Executive Director and Legal Counsel for the Board.

Tooker, who has been with the Board since 2010, is leaving to “pursue other career opportunities,” according to The Gazette.

Tooker intends to leave office in December.

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November 11, 2019 •

Virginia Democratic Controlled Legislature to Reintroduce Gun Control Legislation in 2020

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The Virginia State Crime Commission cancelled their planned November 12 meeting regarding gun control. The meeting was scheduled to discuss eight bills proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam during the July special session. Republican Majority Leader Todd Gilbert also stated the […]

The Virginia State Crime Commission cancelled their planned November 12 meeting regarding gun control.

The meeting was scheduled to discuss eight bills proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam during the July special session.

Republican Majority Leader Todd Gilbert also stated the November 18 reconvened special session will become pro forma and lawmakers will not have to report to the General Assembly.

With the Democrats controlling the Legislature, lawmakers are expected to reintroduce the gun control issue in the upcoming January session.

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November 7, 2019 •

Alaska Judge Orders Campaign Contribution Limits Be Reinstated for Independent Groups

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In a historic ruling, the nonprofit group Equal Citizens obtained a judicial ruling that, for the first time since Citizens United, could restore limits on donations to independent groups and Super PACs. Anchorage Superior Court Judge William F. Morse ordered […]

In a historic ruling, the nonprofit group Equal Citizens obtained a judicial ruling that, for the first time since Citizens United, could restore limits on donations to independent groups and Super PACs.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge William F. Morse ordered the state to impose limits on donations to political groups in Alaska.

Morse said that the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC), which handles election enforcement, should reinstate enforcement of the annual per person $500 contribution limit to independent expenditure groups.

In Alaska, independent expenditure groups function like Super PACs. Groups can advocate and raise money for a candidate while remaining unaffiliated with the candidate.

Attorneys for the Alaska Department of Law, appearing on behalf of APOC, appealed the case to the Alaska Supreme Court.

The hope for Equal Citizens is the case makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify aspects of Citizens United and how limits are enforced on contributions made to political groups.

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November 7, 2019 •

San Francisco Voters Pass the Sunlight on Dark Money Measure

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A San Francisco ballot measure intended to increase the restrictions on political contributions for campaign ads won easily on Tuesday. Proposition F, the Sunlight on Dark Money measure, passed by 76% of the votes. The proposition only needed a simple […]

A San Francisco ballot measure intended to increase the restrictions on political contributions for campaign ads won easily on Tuesday.

Proposition F, the Sunlight on Dark Money measure, passed by 76% of the votes.

The proposition only needed a simple majority to pass.

The measure’s passage means greater disclosure of who is behind campaign advertisements paid for by PACs.

The top three largest donors of the committee paying for the advertisement must now disclose the name and amount contributed to the committee.

Proposition F will take effect 10 days after the election results are certified.

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October 30, 2019 •

Provincial By-election for Capitale-Nationale riding of Jean-Talon to be Held December 2

On December 2, a provincial by-election will be held in the Capitale-Nationale riding of Jean-Talon for the Quebec National Assembly. The election will be held to fill the vacant seat of former Member of the National Assembly Sébastien Proulx, who […]

On December 2, a provincial by-election will be held in the Capitale-Nationale riding of Jean-Talon for the Quebec National Assembly.

The election will be held to fill the vacant seat of former Member of the National Assembly Sébastien Proulx, who resigned in August to return to private life.

The election was announced by Premier François Legault on October 27

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August 27, 2019 •

SFC Headed to PLI

We’re on the move again! Look for the State and Federal Communications team in Washington D.C. next week at the Practising Law Institute!

We’re on the move again! Look for the State and Federal Communications team in Washington D.C. next week at the Practising Law Institute!

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August 26, 2019 •

Tennessee Rep. Sexton Becomes Speaker in Single-Day Special Session

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The Tennessee Legislature held a single-day special session to formally elect c as speaker of the House. Sexton, a Crossville Republican, had already been informally chosen for the role after a series of votes in a July caucus meeting. Sexton […]

The Tennessee Legislature held a single-day special session to formally elect c as speaker of the House.

Sexton, a Crossville Republican, had already been informally chosen for the role after a series of votes in a July caucus meeting.

Sexton replaces Glen Casada, who resigned from the speakership earlier this month.

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August 19, 2019 •

NYCU Video Digest – August 19, 2019

Four more states making changes to lobbying and ethics laws. Find out which jurisdictions in this edition of News You Can Use Video Digest!

Four more states making changes to lobbying and ethics laws. Find out which jurisdictions in this edition of News You Can Use Video Digest!

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August 5, 2019 •

Live from the Floor of the NCSL Annual Meeting

Check out everything happening, LIVE from the floor of the National Conference of State Legislators Legislative Summit!

Check out everything happening, LIVE from the floor of the National Conference of State Legislators Legislative Summit!

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