June 7, 2019 •

Ontario Legislature Adjourns, Moves Return Date

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The Legislative Assembly of Ontario adjourned its legislative session on June 6 and voted 64-35 to not return till October 28, a week following the federal election. Ontario is expected to be a major battleground in the upcoming election, with […]

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario adjourned its legislative session on June 6 and voted 64-35 to not return till October 28, a week following the federal election.

Ontario is expected to be a major battleground in the upcoming election, with the Conservative Party hoping to make major gains in the province.

Members of opposition parties suggest the extended break is an attempt to avoid hurting the Conservative Party’s chances to regain control.

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March 15, 2019 •

Kentucky Executive Agency Lobbying Bills Heads to Governor’s Desk

The Kentucky General Assembly unanimously advanced Senate Bill 6 to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk. The bill requires the disclosure of executive lobbyist compensation and prohibits compensation for executive agency lobbyists contingent on awarding of a government contract or based on […]

The Kentucky General Assembly unanimously advanced Senate Bill 6 to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk.

The bill requires the disclosure of executive lobbyist compensation and prohibits compensation for executive agency lobbyists contingent on awarding of a government contract or based on a percentage of a government contract awarded.

If signed, the bill will become effective 90 days after the General Assembly adjourns sine die.

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March 8, 2019 •

West Virginia Governor Calls Special Session

Gov. Jim Justice called the West Virginia Legislature to convene a special session to address improvements to public education and pay raises for school teachers. Speaker Roger Hanshaw said the House would go through a feedback gathering process that could […]

Gov. Jim Justice called the West Virginia Legislature to convene a special session to address improvements to public education and pay raises for school teachers.

Speaker Roger Hanshaw said the House would go through a feedback gathering process that could take a couple months or more, and that the special session would likely meet a couple days each month before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

The regular session is scheduled to adjourn sine die on March 9.

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March 1, 2019 •

South Dakota Legislators Vote to Restrict Contributions from Minors

On February 28, the South Dakota House of Representatives voted to restrict campaign contributions from minors. Senate Bill 114, which passed the state Senate unanimously, requires contributions from unemancipated minors to go towards the contribution limit of their parents. This […]

On February 28, the South Dakota House of Representatives voted to restrict campaign contributions from minors.

Senate Bill 114, which passed the state Senate unanimously, requires contributions from unemancipated minors to go towards the contribution limit of their parents.

This loophole gained attention during Sioux Falls’s last mayoral election, when a local business owner and each of his five children, ages six to 15, gave the maximum $1,000 to Paul TenHaken’s campaign.

The bill is headed for Gov. Kristi Noem’s desk for consideration.

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February 28, 2019 •

Wyoming Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Wyoming Legislature adjourned sine die in the early hours of February 28. The House spent the final day of its 2019 legislative session overriding four of Gov. Mark Gordon’s 14 vetoes, but the Senate decided to only override two […]

The Wyoming Legislature adjourned sine die in the early hours of February 28.

The House spent the final day of its 2019 legislative session overriding four of Gov. Mark Gordon’s 14 vetoes, but the Senate decided to only override two of those four.

Earlier this month, Gov. Gordon signed Senate File 18 into law, which requires any candidate, political action committee, and candidate’s campaign committee to file an itemized statement of contributions and expenditures at least seven days but not more than 14 days before an election.

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February 22, 2019 •

Los Angeles City Ethics Commission Backs Developer Contribution Restrictions

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission backed new restrictions on political contributions from real estate developers seeking city approval for their building plans. The proposed ban applies to those who are “substantially involved” in a proposed development project, such as […]

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission backed new restrictions on political contributions from real estate developers seeking city approval for their building plans.

The proposed ban applies to those who are “substantially involved” in a proposed development project, such as real estate executives, architects, engineers, and others.

The commission also supports new restrictions on behested payments, and it endorsed the idea of banning contributions from businesses, unions, organizations, and other entities, allowing only for contributions from individuals.

The FBI is continuing its probe into corruption at City Hall.

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February 22, 2019 •

North Carolina State Board of Elections Calls for Congressional Redo

The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of holding a new election in the 9th Congressional District. The election in November between Mark Harris and Dan McCready was riddled with accusations of fraud and […]

The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of holding a new election in the 9th Congressional District.

The election in November between Mark Harris and Dan McCready was riddled with accusations of fraud and other misconduct.

According to a bill passed late last year, both candidates, if they decide to run, will have to compete in their parties’ primary elections.

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February 13, 2019 •

North Dakota Legislators Debate How to Create an Ethics Commission

North Dakota lawmakers are dealing with dual proposals to create a state ethics commission, as required by the passage of Measure 1 in November. House Bill 1521 and Senate Bill 2148 have held multiple hearings, and several senators have proposed […]

North Dakota lawmakers are dealing with dual proposals to create a state ethics commission, as required by the passage of Measure 1 in November.

House Bill 1521 and Senate Bill 2148 have held multiple hearings, and several senators have proposed amendments to alter the definition of a lobbyist, while the House version prohibits public officials from accepting gifts from lobbyists valued at more than $60 per event.

The next hearings will take place on Thursday.

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February 13, 2019 •

Los Angeles City Council Passes Measure Targeting Pro-NRA Contractors

The Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance on February 12 which requires companies that have contracts with the city to disclose under affidavit any contracts or sponsorships they or their subsidiaries have with the National Rifle Association. A letter […]

The Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance on February 12 which requires companies that have contracts with the city to disclose under affidavit any contracts or sponsorships they or their subsidiaries have with the National Rifle Association.

A letter last week sent from the NRA threatened legal action if the ordinance passed, stating the proposal violates the First Amendment and is “an unconstitutional effort to restrict and chill an individual’s right to associate and express their political beliefs.”

Ordinance 18-0896 passed on a 14-0 vote and is headed to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s desk for review.

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January 30, 2019 •

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Election Resigns

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher resigned last week from her post. Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended her earlier this month for failing to meet deadlines during last November’s election recount. Wendy Santory Link has been appointed by the […]

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher resigned last week from her post.

Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended her earlier this month for failing to meet deadlines during last November’s election recount.

Wendy Santory Link has been appointed by the governor to replace her.

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January 25, 2019 •

Florida Governor Announces Special Election

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the dates to hold a special election to fill the vacancy in House District 7. The special primary election will take place on April 9, while the special general election will be on June 18. The […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the dates to hold a special election to fill the vacancy in House District 7.

The special primary election will take place on April 9, while the special general election will be on June 18.

The seat was vacated when Halsey Beshears resigned in order to serve as the head of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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January 24, 2019 •

Special Election Set for Pennsylvania Congressional Seat

Gov. Tom Wolf announced he has scheduled a special election to fill Pennsylvania’s U.S. House District 12 seat for May 21. Last week, Rep. Tom Marino announced he would be resigning to take a job in the private sector. The […]

Gov. Tom Wolf announced he has scheduled a special election to fill Pennsylvania’s U.S. House District 12 seat for May 21.

Last week, Rep. Tom Marino announced he would be resigning to take a job in the private sector.

The special election coincides with the state’s primary election date.

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January 22, 2019 •

Los Angeles Ethics Commission to Review Proposed Ban on Developer Contributions

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission announced it will be taking another look at a proposal to ban certain developer contributions to elected officials and candidates after Los Angeles City Council members revived the idea. Six council-members reintroduced the new motion […]

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission announced it will be taking another look at a proposal to ban certain developer contributions to elected officials and candidates after Los Angeles City Council members revived the idea.

Six council-members reintroduced the new motion last week, with Council President Herb Wesson seconding it.

The motion prohibits developers from making political contributions to city elected officials or candidates from the date of application for the property is filed until 12 months following the final resolution of the application.

The Ethics Commission also announced it could include restrictions on nonindividual entity contributors and payments made by third parties at the behest of elected officials.

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January 18, 2019 •

Pennsylvania Congressman Resigns

Rep. Tom Marino announced his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives on January 17. Marino said he has accepted a job in the private sector, and his last day in Congress will be January 23. Gov. Tom Wolf will […]

Rep. Tom Marino announced his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives on January 17.

Marino said he has accepted a job in the private sector, and his last day in Congress will be January 23.

Gov. Tom Wolf will have 10 days to set a date for a special election to fill the vacancy in the 12th Congressional District.

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