March 24, 2020 •

North Carolina Runoff Election Postponed

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The North Carolina Board of Elections issued an emergency executive order postponing the runoff election in the Republican primary for the 11th Congressional District. The election will be moved from May 12 to June 23 to accommodate concerns regarding the […]

The North Carolina Board of Elections issued an emergency executive order postponing the runoff election in the Republican primary for the 11th Congressional District.

The election will be moved from May 12 to June 23 to accommodate concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

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March 20, 2020 •

Tennessee Lawmakers Recess Amid COVID-19 Concerns

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The General Assembly recessed Thursday, March 19 after meeting for over 14 hours. This marathon session included the approval of the state’s $39 billion budget bill. Though scheduled to reconvene on June 1, the General Assembly will continue to monitor […]

The General Assembly recessed Thursday, March 19 after meeting for over 14 hours.

This marathon session included the approval of the state’s $39 billion budget bill.

Though scheduled to reconvene on June 1, the General Assembly will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation to see if additional delays may be necessary.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting dates.

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March 19, 2020 •

Florida Legislature Adjourns 2020 Session

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After extending the session to complete work on several appropriations bills, the Florida Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday, March 19. During the 2020 session, the Legislature considered but failed to pass any of the proposed ethics bills. Bills include changes […]

After extending the session to complete work on several appropriations bills, the Florida Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday, March 19.

During the 2020 session, the Legislature considered but failed to pass any of the proposed ethics bills.

Bills include changes to revolving door restrictions and the establishment of a centralized local lobbyist registration system.

Additionally, this does not affect any lobbyist dates reporting.

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March 19, 2020 •

Maryland General Assembly Adjourns

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After shortening the session, the General Assembly managed to pass over 650 bills in three days before adjourning sine die on Wednesday March 18. Among the passed legislation is House Bill 315, which increases penalties for bribery and extends revolving […]

After shortening the session, the General Assembly managed to pass over 650 bills in three days before adjourning sine die on Wednesday March 18.

Among the passed legislation is House Bill 315, which increases penalties for bribery and extends revolving door restrictions.

House Bill 315 and other passed bills will now go to Gov. Larry Hogan who can sign, veto, or let them become law without his signature.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 18, 2020 •

Alabama Postpones Runoff Elections

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Alabama officials held a press conference announcing the March 31 runoff election will be postponed until July 14. The press conference was held by Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John H. Merrill, and Attorney General Steve Marshall. Merrill believes […]

Alabama officials held a press conference announcing the March 31 runoff election will be postponed until July 14.

The press conference was held by Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John H. Merrill, and Attorney General Steve Marshall.

Merrill believes this new date will allow for the electoral process to continue in a normal manner.

He also says the delay will allow all local election officials the time to assess and evaluate the changes needed to ensure the runoff election is administered according to plan.

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March 18, 2020 •

Mississippi Legislature Halts Session Over COVID-19 Concerns

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The Legislature has announced the legislative session will be suspended. The Senate met March 18 to pass House Bill 1647. House Bill 1647 provides administrative leave to local government and school district employees in response to the effects of COVID-19. […]

The Legislature has announced the legislative session will be suspended.

The Senate met March 18 to pass House Bill 1647.

House Bill 1647 provides administrative leave to local government and school district employees in response to the effects of COVID-19.

The Senate also agreed to House Concurrent Resolution 65, suspending the session until April 1.

The resolution also extended the legislative session until June 9 and provided for a potential further extension until July 9.

The additional extension is needed if the Legislature is unable to reconvene in time for the June 9 deadline.

This does affect lobbyist reporting.

The end of session report due 10 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die will now be due on June 19 unless an additional extension of the session occurs.

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March 17, 2020 •

Georgia Governor Recalls General Assembly for Single Day Special Session

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The Georgia General Assembly convened special session called by Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday, March 16 to adopt his declaration of a public health emergency. After passing a joint resolution concurring with Gov. Kemp’s declaration, the General Assembly adjourned the […]

The Georgia General Assembly convened special session called by Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday, March 16 to adopt his declaration of a public health emergency.

After passing a joint resolution concurring with Gov. Kemp’s declaration, the General Assembly adjourned the special session, sine die.

Therefore, the regular session remains suspended indefinitely.

The Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission is expected to issue guidance as to whether this will affect lobbyist dates reporting.

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March 17, 2020 •

Maryland’s April Primary Elections Postponed

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Gov. Larry Hogan has announced the April primary elections have been postponed until June 2. The special election for the 7th Congressional District held by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings will still take place on April 28. However, the election […]

Gov. Larry Hogan has announced the April primary elections have been postponed until June 2.

The special election for the 7th Congressional District held by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings will still take place on April 28.

However, the election will be a mail-in only election, becoming the first federal election to shift to mail voting in response to COVID-19.

The Board of Elections will mail ballots out to all eligible voters later this month.

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March 17, 2020 •

Maryland General Assembly to End Session Early

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The General Assembly has announced the 2020 session will adjourn on Wednesday, March 18, due to concerns about COVID-19. Though they intend to reconvene the session the last week of May, lawmakers are pushing to complete legislation by Wednesday’s self-imposed […]

The General Assembly has announced the 2020 session will adjourn on Wednesday, March 18, due to concerns about COVID-19.

Though they intend to reconvene the session the last week of May, lawmakers are pushing to complete legislation by Wednesday’s self-imposed deadline.

Senate President Bill Ferguson stressed the importance of focusing and prioritizing the most important measures and policies.

Among these important measures is the budget bill constitutionally required to be completed during this session.

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March 16, 2020 •

South Carolina Governor Postpones County Elections

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On Sunday March 15, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has announced all county elections will be postponed until after May 1. Additionally, this announcement comes will a list of measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines include […]

On Sunday March 15, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has announced all county elections will be postponed until after May 1.

Additionally, this announcement comes will a list of measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

These guidelines include the closing of all schools within the state for the remainder of March.

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March 16, 2020 •

Georgia March Primary Postponed

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Due to concerns over COVID-19, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has postponed the March 24 presidential primary election to May 19. The rescheduling moves the presidential primary to the same day as the state’s general primary.

Due to concerns over COVID-19, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has postponed the March 24 presidential primary election to May 19.

The rescheduling moves the presidential primary to the same day as the state’s general primary.

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March 16, 2020 •

Alabama Ethics Commission to Operate with Minimal Staff

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The Ethics Commission has announced only minimal essential personnel will be in office from March 16 through April 6. This will likely cause delays in precertification processing. Accordingly, the Commission has requested that precertification requests be submitted well ahead of […]

The Ethics Commission has announced only minimal essential personnel will be in office from March 16 through April 6.

This will likely cause delays in precertification processing.

Accordingly, the Commission has requested that precertification requests be submitted well ahead of time to ensure timely processing.

A drop box has been placed in the front office to accommodate hand delivery during this period.

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March 16, 2020 •

Alabama Secretary of State Seeks Postponement of March 31 Runoffs

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Citing concern for the health and well-being of the citizens, Secretary of State John Merrill is urging the state’s March 31 runoff elections be postponed. In a statement over the weekend, Merrill requested an emergency opinion on whether the Governor’s […]

Citing concern for the health and well-being of the citizens, Secretary of State John Merrill is urging the state’s March 31 runoff elections be postponed.

In a statement over the weekend, Merrill requested an emergency opinion on whether the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency would authorize this postponement.

Merrill also stated there is no provision or process in Alabama’s Code or Constitution allowing changes to election dates after being set.

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March 13, 2020 •

Telework Policies and Travel Ban for Virginia Employees

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On March 12, Gov. Ralph Northam announced a ban on all official out-of-state travel for state employees for at least the next 30 days. Northam has also ordered an implementation of telework policies for state employees.

On March 12, Gov. Ralph Northam announced a ban on all official out-of-state travel for state employees for at least the next 30 days.

Northam has also ordered an implementation of telework policies for state employees.

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