February 19, 2018 •

Texas Special Election Set for House District 13

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on February 16 that a special election will take place for House District 13 on May 5 to replace state Rep. Leighton Schubert. Schubert resigned on February 4 to do legal work for Blinn College. […]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on February 16 that a special election will take place for House District 13 on May 5 to replace state Rep. Leighton Schubert.

Schubert resigned on February 4 to do legal work for Blinn College.

Early voting for this election will begin on April 23.

Pictured: Former Rep. Leighton Schubert

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February 16, 2018 •

New Mexico Legislature Adjourns

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned sine die on February 15. Bills that have passed both chambers include Senate Bill 50, which creates stricter contribution policies made via the internet by a credit card or a debit card to a candidate […]

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned sine die on February 15.

Bills that have passed both chambers include Senate Bill 50, which creates stricter contribution policies made via the internet by a credit card or a debit card to a candidate or PAC, and Senate Bill 67, which changes lobbying reports to also include the cumulative total of all individual expenditures of less than $100 made or incurred by the employer or lobbyist.

The governor has 20 days from adjournment to sign any bills passed by the Legislature, otherwise they are pocket vetoed.

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February 2, 2018 •

Utah Bill Would Prevent Lobbyist Spending

A bill was introduced in Utah restricting funds from a campaign account owned by a lobbyist. House Bill 213 prohibits a lobbyist from using his or her own campaign account money for political purposes, unless the expenditure is in support […]

A bill was introduced in Utah restricting funds from a campaign account owned by a lobbyist.

House Bill 213 prohibits a lobbyist from using his or her own campaign account money for political purposes, unless the expenditure is in support of the candidacy of that lobbyist.

The bill passed the first reading and is currently in the House Business and Labor Committee.

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January 31, 2018 •

New Mexico Introduces Bill to Create a Post-Legislative Session Lobbying Report

The New Mexico Senate introduced Senate Bill 107, which states any lobbyist or lobbyist’s employer required to file an expenditure report must also file a report with the secretary of state within one week following the conclusion of a legislative […]

The New Mexico Senate introduced Senate Bill 107, which states any lobbyist or lobbyist’s employer required to file an expenditure report must also file a report with the secretary of state within one week following the conclusion of a legislative session.

The post-session report must list the legislation the lobbyist or lobbyist’s employer lobbied, and whether the lobbyist or lobbyist’s employer supported or opposed each piece of legislation.

The bill is currently in the Senate Rules Committee.

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January 30, 2018 •

Massachusetts State Senate Special Election Scheduled

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin announced the dates for the 1st Suffolk Senatorial District special elections. The primary will be held April 3, with the general on May 1. The vacancy was created after Linda Dorcena Forry resigned to become […]

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin announced the dates for the 1st Suffolk Senatorial District special elections.

The primary will be held April 3, with the general on May 1.

The vacancy was created after Linda Dorcena Forry resigned to become a vice president at Suffolk Construction.

Pictured: Outgoing Senator Linda Dorcena Forry

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January 26, 2018 •

Carroll County, Maryland Advances Ethics Ordinance

The Carroll County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to move forward with a new ethics ordinance. The ordinance was originally developed in 2014 after the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill in 2010 requiring all counties, municipalities, and boards […]

The Carroll County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to move forward with a new ethics ordinance.

The ordinance was originally developed in 2014 after the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill in 2010 requiring all counties, municipalities, and boards of election to pass ethics ordinances.

Carroll is the only county in the state not yet in compliance.

The ethics ordinance would apply to candidates beginning with the 2018 elections. The ordinance will be discussed next at a public hearing on February 27.

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January 16, 2018 •

Connecticut Special Election Announced for Assembly District 120

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a special election will be held on February 27 for Assembly District 120. The seat was vacated by Laura Hoydick effective January 2, who was elected mayor of Stratford. This is the second special election to […]

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a special election will be held on February 27 for Assembly District 120.

The seat was vacated by Laura Hoydick effective January 2, who was elected mayor of Stratford.

This is the second special election to be held in Connecticut this year, after the 15th Assembly District special election on January 9.

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January 15, 2018 •

Special Election Announced for House District 68

Gov. Rick Snyder announced special election dates for the vacant 68th House District seat. The primary election will be held on August 7 with the general election on November 6, lining up with the special election for U.S. Congress and […]

Gov. Rick Snyder announced special election dates for the vacant 68th House District seat.

The primary election will be held on August 7 with the general election on November 6, lining up with the special election for U.S. Congress and the statewide elections.

The seat was vacated by Andy Schor, who resigned to become the mayor of Lansing.

Pictured: Outgoing Representative Andy Schor

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January 15, 2018 •

Rhode Island Special Election Called for April 3

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has scheduled a special election for April 3, following the resignation of former state Sen. Jamie Doyle. Doyle, who represented Senate District 8, unexpectedly stepped down from office citing personal reasons stemming from […]

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has scheduled a special election for April 3, following the resignation of former state Sen. Jamie Doyle.

Doyle, who represented Senate District 8, unexpectedly stepped down from office citing personal reasons stemming from his struggle with alcohol.

A primary election will be held on February 27 if more than one candidate from either party qualifies to run for the empty seat.

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January 11, 2018 •

Phoenix Launches Online Lobbyist Registration and Reporting System

Phoenix, Arizona has launched an online lobbyist database for 2018 registration and reporting purposes. It is available at https://lobbyist.phoenix.gov. In order to use the system, a user name and password is needed. The website can also be used to search […]

Phoenix, Arizona has launched an online lobbyist database for 2018 registration and reporting purposes. It is available at https://lobbyist.phoenix.gov.

In order to use the system, a user name and password is needed. The website can also be used to search for a particular organization’s lobbying efforts.

For questions about using this new system, contact the Phoenix Office of the City Clerk at lobbyist@phoenix.gov or 602-534-0490.

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January 8, 2018 •

Arizona Corporation Commission Proposes Lobbyist Gift and Food Ban for Commissioners

The Arizona Corporation Commission released a code of ethics draft that would ban lobbyists from buying gifts or food for commissioners, as well as require lobbyist registration with the state. The draft can be amended before the Corporation Commission adopts […]

The Arizona Corporation Commission released a code of ethics draft that would ban lobbyists from buying gifts or food for commissioners, as well as require lobbyist registration with the state.

The draft can be amended before the Corporation Commission adopts the code of ethics, which is expected by March.

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October 20, 2017 •

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed four bills into law – three amending the Political Reform Act and one amending post employment restrictions. Assembly Bill 867 states behested payments are not contributions and recasts the provisions defining the term “contribution.” Senate […]

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed four bills into law – three amending the Political Reform Act and one amending post employment restrictions.

Assembly Bill 867 states behested payments are not contributions and recasts the provisions defining the term “contribution.”

Senate Bill 45 prohibits sending mass mailings within the 60 days before an election by or on behalf of a candidate on the ballot.

Senate Bill 226 requires slate mailer organizations to disclose on any mailing whether the organization represents public safety personnel.

Assembly Bill 1620 extends the time frame a member of the Legislature can lobby after resignation from one year after leaving office to one year after the adjournment sine die of the session in which the resignation occurred.

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October 19, 2017 •

Mississippi Special Election Scheduled

State Sen. Sean Tindell resigned earlier this week to be sworn in as a judge for the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special election on December 19 to fill the vacated District 49 seat. A runoff […]

State Sen. Sean Tindell resigned earlier this week to be sworn in as a judge for the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special election on December 19 to fill the vacated District 49 seat.

A runoff election will occur on January 9, 2018, if no candidate receives a majority of the vote.

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October 12, 2017 •

San Francisco Looks to Limit Behested Payments

The San Francisco Ethics Commission has proposed to place strict limits on behested payments. A behested payment is when a public official asks a person or group to donate to a civic or charitable cause instead of directly to the […]

The San Francisco Ethics Commission has proposed to place strict limits on behested payments.

A behested payment is when a public official asks a person or group to donate to a civic or charitable cause instead of directly to the public official, and the proposal would ban these requests. The penalty for officials could be $5,000 for each violation, but there would be no penalty for the donor.

If this proposal becomes an ordinance, the city’s Board of Supervisors would have to approve it. The commission could also put the changes on a ballot, which would be decided by voters in June of 2018.

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