March 27, 2020 •

Governor Signs Bill Making Ohio Voting for Primary Elections by Mail Only

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the coronavirus response bill on March 27 eliminating in-person voting for almost everyone who has not previously voted in the presidential and state primary elections. All voting will now be replaced with extended mail-in voting. House […]

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the coronavirus response bill on March 27 eliminating in-person voting for almost everyone who has not previously voted in the presidential and state primary elections.

All voting will now be replaced with extended mail-in voting.

House Bill 197 voids Directive 2020-06, issued by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, moving the Ohio presidential and state primary election to June 2.

The bill requires the Office of Secretary of State to send a postcard to every registered voter, notifying them of the procedures to obtain an application for an absentee ballot and the procedures and deadline to return it.

Registered voters who have not already cast a ballot in the March 17 primary election, or in any special election held on the day of the primary election, may vote using an absentee ballot.

In person voting is only available for certain disabled voters and voters who are unable to receive mail.

All applications must be received by April 28 or postmarked on or before April 27 and received by mail not later than May 8.

For the purpose of the campaign contribution limits, the date of the 2020 primary election is March 17.

However, the statements of contributions and expenditures required to be filed after the primary election must be filed not later than 4:00 p.m. on June 5.

The bill is effective immediately.

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March 25, 2020 •

Wisconsin Ethics Commission Update

Wisconsin State Capitol Building

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission will work from home beginning March 25, 2020 through April 24, 2020, to comply with Emergency Order #12 issued by the Department of Health Services on March 24. As of today, the Commission is still receiving […]

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission will work from home beginning March 25, 2020 through April 24, 2020, to comply with Emergency Order #12 issued by the Department of Health Services on March 24.

As of today, the Commission is still receiving mail daily and will continue to accept filings by mail.

Documents may be hand delivered by appointment only.

For an appointment, please email ethics@wisconsin.gov.

Despite restricted public access to the office, the Wisconsin Ethics Commission continues to operate normally.

Committees can register and required campaign finance reports can be filed online at https://cfis.wi.gov.

Lobbyists and principals can process licensing and registration, pay fees, and file reports online at https://lobbying.wi.gov.

For questions concerning campaign finance, please email CampaignFinance@wisconsin.gov and for questions concerning lobbying, please email ETHLobbying@wisconsin.gov or lobbying@wi.gov.

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March 25, 2020 •

Minnesota Lawmakers Scheduled to Convene March 26

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On March 26, Minnesota lawmakers are scheduled to convene to act on legislation to help the state combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Legislators were last in session on March 17, when members passed a $200 million relief package to help health care providers battle the pandemic. That […]

On March 26, Minnesota lawmakers are scheduled to convene to act on legislation to help the state combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Legislators were last in session on March 17, when members passed a $200 million relief package to help health care providers battle the pandemic.

That bill was signed by Gov. Tim Walz the same day.

House Speaker Melissa Hortman said the new proposed legislation will provide further relief than the governor is able to deliver via executive order.

Lawmakers had agreed to recess until April 14, with the understanding they would return as needed.

Arrangements are being made to ensure the legislature follows the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.

Specifically they look to keep members, staff and the public safe, Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said in a joint statement late Tuesday.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 25, 2020 •

Northern Mariana Islands Suspends Legislative Operations

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The Administrative Officer for the Legislative Bureau announced the suspension of legislative operations until March 30, or until further notice. The suspension in necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Administrative Officer for the Legislative Bureau announced the suspension of legislative operations until March 30, or until further notice.

The suspension in necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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March 24, 2020 •

Indiana Lobby Registration Commission Update

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The Lobby Registration Commission staff will be working from home until April 7 to comply with Executive Order 20-09, issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 24. Certain procedures have been changed until further notice. During this time, any reporting […]

The Lobby Registration Commission staff will be working from home until April 7 to comply with Executive Order 20-09, issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 24.

Certain procedures have been changed until further notice.

During this time, any reporting or lobbying law questions should be emailed to Ed Ferguson at eferguson@lrc.in.gov.

Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and all other inquiries may be submitted by email to Amy Nicholson at amynicholson@lrc.in.gov.

MOUs must include a current phone number and contact name.

Submitters will be contacted via telephone to provide the social security number.

Executive Order 20-09 also extended the expiration date for any state agency-issued license, certification, or permit expiring during the public health emergency to May 22.

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March 20, 2020 •

Indiana Delays Primary to June 2

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Gov. Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-07 today, postponing the May 5 presidential and state primary elections to June 2. The governors order is due to the state of emergency he declared on March 6 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-07 today, postponing the May 5 presidential and state primary elections to June 2.

The governors order is due to the state of emergency he declared on March 6 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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March 20, 2020 •

Illinois Lawmakers Cancel A Second Week of Legislative Sessions

Illinois State Capitol Building

Illinois Lawmakers canceled a second week of legislative sessions to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. The General Assembly was scheduled to come back to Springfield on March 24. The deadline for House bills to move out of committee, […]

Illinois Lawmakers canceled a second week of legislative sessions to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The General Assembly was scheduled to come back to Springfield on March 24.

The deadline for House bills to move out of committee, March 27, has been extended to April 3.

Members may end up meeting during the scheduled spring break period, April 6-17.

The deadline to move bills out of Senate committee is still set for March 27.

The Illinois Constitution requires lawmakers pass a budget before they adjourn on May 31.

Under the Illinois Constitution and state law, the General Assembly cannot hold remote sessions.

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March 20, 2020 •

Missouri Postpones Municipal Elections Until June 2

Missouri Capitol Building

Gov. Mike Parson issued Executive Order 20-03, postponing the April 7 municipal elections to June 2. The order comes after the state of emergency he declared on March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline to apply for an […]

Gov. Mike Parson issued Executive Order 20-03, postponing the April 7 municipal elections to June 2.

The order comes after the state of emergency he declared on March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is May 20, while in-person absentee ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. on June 1.

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March 19, 2020 •

Iowa Legislature Adjourned Until April 15

Iowa Capitol Building - Ashton B Crew

The Legislature passed a concurrent resolution to provide for an extended adjournment of the 2020 regular session of the 88th General Assembly. The extended adjournment is due to public health concerns over COVID-19. Senate Concurrent Resolution 102 provides upon the […]

The Legislature passed a concurrent resolution to provide for an extended adjournment of the 2020 regular session of the 88th General Assembly.

The extended adjournment is due to public health concerns over COVID-19.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 102 provides upon the adjournment of the House of Representatives and the Senate on March 16, both houses will remain adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on April 15.

The Legislative Council may shorten or further extend the adjournment if deemed necessary.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting dates .

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March 18, 2020 •

Chicago Board of Ethics Responds to COVID-19

Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

The Board of Ethics is delaying implementation of Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305, previously set for April 20 to July 1. The ordinance imposes new registration and reporting requirements on certain nonprofit interactions with the city. Steven Berlin, Executive Director for the […]

The Board of Ethics is delaying implementation of Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305, previously set for April 20 to July 1.

The ordinance imposes new registration and reporting requirements on certain nonprofit interactions with the city.

Steven Berlin, Executive Director for the Chicago Board of Ethics, explained as the city and groups around Chicago work to respond to COVID-19, delaying enforcement until the third quarter is appropriate.

Advisory Opinion Case No. 202012.Q was issued to provide guidance regarding gifts and services to aid the city in its official response to COVID-19.

The Board of Ethics also canceled the two remaining prescheduled March in-person ethics training seminars for March 17 and March 26.

Berlin indicated the training will be posted online as soon as possible and the completion deadline will be extended accordingly.

The quarterly activity reporting deadlines of April 20 and July 20 remain in effect.

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March 17, 2020 •

Illinois Extends All Filing Deadlines 30 Days

Illinois State Capitol Building

The Office of the Secretary of State has closed through March 31 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Online access remains available to all lobbyists and authorized agents. Statutorily required deadlines, including lobbying semimonthly reports, are extended for 30 days. The […]

The Office of the Secretary of State has closed through March 31 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Online access remains available to all lobbyists and authorized agents.

Statutorily required deadlines, including lobbying semimonthly reports, are extended for 30 days.

The office indicates this status may be updated as operations are reviewed.

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March 17, 2020 •

Kentucky Delays Primary Until June 23

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Kentucky primary election scheduled for May 19 will be delayed until June 23. The election is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Beshear made the announcement Monday evening at a press conference at […]

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Kentucky primary election scheduled for May 19 will be delayed until June 23.

The election is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Beshear made the announcement Monday evening at a press conference at the Capitol.

Secretary of State Michael Adams hand-delivered a letter to Beshear in the afternoon recommending all Kentucky elections scheduled for May 19, including primaries, special elections, and local option elections, be delayed 35 days.

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March 17, 2020 •

Kentucky Legislative Session Continues As Scheduled with Precautions

The Kentucky State Capitol building

House and Senate leadership announced the legislative session will continue as scheduled with some precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, only elected members, staff, and members of the media will be allowed in the Capitol […]

House and Senate leadership announced the legislative session will continue as scheduled with some precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, only elected members, staff, and members of the media will be allowed in the Capitol Annex until further notice.

Governor Beshear has already closed the Capitol.

In order to ensure transparency and accessibility, there will be an increase in live streaming services and broadcasting by Kentucky Education Television (KET).

The KET will broadcast committee meetings and House and Senate Floor proceedings.

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March 17, 2020 •

Michigan Adopts Procedural Changes in Response to Coronavirus

Michigan State Capitol

The Legislature adopted procedural changes this week in response to the coronavirus pandemic, following Gov. Whitmer’s declaration of a state emergency. The House and Senate will continue to meet for the next few weeks as needed. This will be at […]

The Legislature adopted procedural changes this week in response to the coronavirus pandemic, following Gov. Whitmer’s declaration of a state emergency.

The House and Senate will continue to meet for the next few weeks as needed.

This will be at the discretion of the House Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader, with additional precautions in place.

All scheduled Senate committees for this week have also been canceled.

Both chambers have a legislative break that is scheduled to start March 27 and end April 14.

The Capitol Commission also suspended all tours and events in the Capitol extending through Friday, May 1, 2020.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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