October 9, 2020 •

Philadelphia Board of Ethics Announces Training Schedule

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The Philadelphia Board of Ethics announced the 2020 lobbying training schedule. The virtual training will cover ethics rules, registering, and filing expense reports with the Board of Ethics. At this time, it is not mandatory to attend one of the […]

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics announced the 2020 lobbying training schedule.

The virtual training will cover ethics rules, registering, and filing expense reports with the Board of Ethics.

At this time, it is not mandatory to attend one of the 2020 lobbying trainings.

However, attendance at a training will be credited when the mandatory training provision takes effect for registered entities.

Registration for the lobbying training can be accomplished at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqd-6srj0tHdGweXo4WfNtm4z9H7yiRooO.

Questions regarding the schedule or training may be directed to the Board of Ethics at Lobbying@phila.gov or BOE.Training@phila.gov

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October 8, 2020 •

Mayor de Blasio Announces Special Election for City Council

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a special election to be held on December 22 for City Council District 12. The seat is vacant after the expulsion of Bronx Councilman Andy King for accusations of sexual harassment, misuse […]

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a special election to be held on December 22 for City Council District 12.

The seat is vacant after the expulsion of Bronx Councilman Andy King for accusations of sexual harassment, misuse of city resources, and other ethics violations.

The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of King’s term through 2021.

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October 5, 2020 •

Connecticut Legislature Adjourns Special Session

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On October 1, the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned their second special session of the year. During the special legislative session lawmakers passed House Bill 7005 concerning the processing of absentee ballots. The Legislature also passed bills reforming the state’s hemp […]

On October 1, the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned their second special session of the year.

During the special legislative session lawmakers passed House Bill 7005 concerning the processing of absentee ballots.

The Legislature also passed bills reforming the state’s hemp program, regulating the public utilities, and enhancements to state environmental law.

The bills were immediately released to the governor for his signature.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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October 1, 2020 •

New York JCOPE Issues Advisory Opinion on Third Party Gifts

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On October 1, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced the final draft of Advisory Opinion 20-02, providing guidance to identify the permissibility of a gift to a third party at the direction of or on behalf of a […]

On October 1, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced the final draft of Advisory Opinion 20-02, providing guidance to identify the permissibility of a gift to a third party at the direction of or on behalf of a public official.

Statutes and regulations presumptively prohibit a gift to a public official from an interested source or gifts to a third party solicited by a public official or an intermediary.

Advisory Opinion 20-02 allows the presumption of impermissibility to be overcome by taking into account specific situations including: the nature or purpose of the gift; nature of the donor’s pending business with the official; and prior history of gifts to the cause or third-party organization.

JCOPE will determine whether a gift violates the law or overcomes the presumption on a case-by-case basis.

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October 1, 2020 •

Vermont Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

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The Vermont General Assembly adjourned sine die on September 25. The Legislature normally adjourns in May but was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers adjusted to the pandemic by holding remote online meetings. During the remote legislative session, lawmakers […]

The Vermont General Assembly adjourned sine die on September 25.

The Legislature normally adjourns in May but was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawmakers adjusted to the pandemic by holding remote online meetings.

During the remote legislative session, lawmakers were able to pass bills relating to the 2021 fiscal year budget, police reform, and a land use reform.

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September 28, 2020 •

Connecticut Governor Announces Special Session

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a special session to convene on Tuesday, September 29. The General Assembly will consider legislation for several policy issues including: performance-based regulation of the state’s electricity, gas, and water companies; securing absentee ballots for the […]

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a special session to convene on Tuesday, September 29.

The General Assembly will consider legislation for several policy issues including: performance-based regulation of the state’s electricity, gas, and water companies; securing absentee ballots for the general election; school construction projects; and opportunities for the state’s hemp program.

The Legislature will also consider four nominations announced by the governor in July to fill a vacancy in the state Supreme Court and three seats in the Appellate Court.

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August 26, 2020 •

Judge Orders Paterson, NJ City Council Special Election

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On August 19, Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela voided the results of the May elections for the Paterson, New Jersey City Council’s Third Ward. Judge Caposela ordered a special election to fill the vacant seat with the five previously filed […]

On August 19, Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela voided the results of the May elections for the Paterson, New Jersey City Council’s Third Ward.

Judge Caposela ordered a special election to fill the vacant seat with the five previously filed candidates.

After losing the May elections, incumbent William McKoy initiated a lawsuit.

The lawsuit cites fraud by the Councilman-elect Alex Mendez and disputes the election results.

Additionally, Mr. Mendez is currently facing voter fraud charges from the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General.

Finally, the special election will be held on November 3 along with a special election for the City Council’s Second Ward.

The Second Ward seat remains vacant after the May municipal elections ended in a tie after three recounts.

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August 24, 2020 •

Vermont Legislature Reconvenes

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On August 25, the Vermont General Assembly will reconvene the legislative session to discuss the governor’s proposed 2021 budget. Lawmakers will return to a virtual statehouse and all meetings will be conducted remotely. The budget public hearings will be available […]

On August 25, the Vermont General Assembly will reconvene the legislative session to discuss the governor’s proposed 2021 budget.

Lawmakers will return to a virtual statehouse and all meetings will be conducted remotely.

The budget public hearings will be available to watch live on YouTube at the following link: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/streaming/house-appropriations.

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August 19, 2020 •

Maine Senate To Vote on Ethics Nominees

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The Maine Senate will convene on Monday, August 24, to vote on three nominees for the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Campaign Practice. Under the Legislature’s joint rules, the Senate may convene independently for confirmation votes. Two of the nominees […]

The Maine Senate will convene on Monday, August 24, to vote on three nominees for the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Campaign Practice.

Under the Legislature’s joint rules, the Senate may convene independently for confirmation votes.

Two of the nominees were nominated by Gov. Mills in February and the third was nominated by the state’s Republican caucus.

The Senate was unable to vote on the nominations during the regular legislative session due to COVID-19 concerns.

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August 3, 2020 •

Massachusetts Legislature Extends Session

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The Massachusetts General Court passed Senate Bill 2873 declaring a state of emergency within the Legislature and extending the legislative session past the traditional last day of July 31. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Court extended the session […]

The Massachusetts General Court passed Senate Bill 2873 declaring a state of emergency within the Legislature and extending the legislative session past the traditional last day of July 31.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Court extended the session to respond to and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, to protect the health, security, safety, and economic well-being and convenience of the people of the Commonwealth.

The bill suspends Joint Rule 12A and allows the second annual session of the 191st General Court to continue until the end of the calendar year.

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July 29, 2020 •

Connecticut Legislature Adjourns Special Session

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On July 28, the Connecticut Legislature adjourned a special session after passing four bills related to absentee voting, police accountability, telehealth, and insulin drug pricing. Additionally, House Bill 6004 expands the ability of voters to use no-excuse absentee voting and […]

On July 28, the Connecticut Legislature adjourned a special session after passing four bills related to absentee voting, police accountability, telehealth, and insulin drug pricing.

Additionally, House Bill 6004 expands the ability of voters to use no-excuse absentee voting and early voting.

The bill was in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns heading into the general election.

The four bills will be transmitted to the desk of Gov. Ned Lamont for his signature.

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July 20, 2020 •

Connecticut Governor to Announce Special Session

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Gov. Ned Lamont announced a special legislative session to start on Tuesday, July 21. The Legislature will reconvene to discuss bills relating to police reform, absentee ballots, telehealth insurance, and insulin drug costs. Legislative leaders and Gov. Lamont have also […]

Gov. Ned Lamont announced a special legislative session to start on Tuesday, July 21.

The Legislature will reconvene to discuss bills relating to police reform, absentee ballots, telehealth insurance, and insulin drug costs.

Legislative leaders and Gov. Lamont have also discussed returning for a second special session in September to consider housing reform legislation.

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July 15, 2020 •

Maine Legislative Leaders Seek to Reconvene in August

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Senate President Troy Jackson and House Speaker Sara Gideon sent out a poll to Legislature members proposing a special legislative session. If the majority of lawmakers agree to the special session the Legislature would reconvene in August at the Augusta […]

Senate President Troy Jackson and House Speaker Sara Gideon sent out a poll to Legislature members proposing a special legislative session.

If the majority of lawmakers agree to the special session the Legislature would reconvene in August at the Augusta Civic Center, following state health and safety guidelines.

Legislative leaders seek to address issues relating to the budget, economy, public school readiness, healthcare, and any bills carried over from the regular session.

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July 2, 2020 •

New Hampshire Legislature Adjourns Session

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On June 30, the New Hampshire General Court adjourned their legislative session. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session was abbreviated and conducted away from the State House for the first time in over 150 years. During the shortened […]

On June 30, the New Hampshire General Court adjourned their legislative session.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session was abbreviated and conducted away from the State House for the first time in over 150 years.

During the shortened session, the Legislature passed bills relating to police reform, absentee voting, and drug importation.

The Legislature will discuss any bills vetoed by the governor when it is expected to reconvene later this fall.

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