May 14, 2020 •

Michigan Adjourns Until May 19 Due to Protests

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

Thursday’s legislative session was canceled and the Capitol in Lansing was closed due to an armed protest and death threats against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At the end of the Senate session on May 13, lawmakers simply adjourned until May 19 […]

Thursday’s legislative session was canceled and the Capitol in Lansing was closed due to an armed protest and death threats against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

At the end of the Senate session on May 13, lawmakers simply adjourned until May 19 rather than call the next previously scheduled meeting.

The adjournment came in fear of a repeat of the events on April 30.

Armed protesters entered the Senate Chamber’s visitors gallery, standing above the members during the session.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion on May 11 saying the State Capitol Commission could ban firearms.

The commission voted to study a ban this week, and on May 12, Sen. Dayna Polehanki proposed Senate Resolution 118 to ban firearms in the Capitol.

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May 8, 2020 •

Chicago Mayor Proposes Amendment to Lobbying Ordinance

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Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

At the request of the Executive Director of the Board of Ethics, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, at the last City Council meeting, proposed an amendment to the lobbying ordinance passed late last year. Lightfoot’s proposed Ordinance 2020-2328 would amend Chapter 2-156 […]

At the request of the Executive Director of the Board of Ethics, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, at the last City Council meeting, proposed an amendment to the lobbying ordinance passed late last year.

Lightfoot’s proposed Ordinance 2020-2328 would amend Chapter 2-156 of the Municipal Code regarding lobbying to allow elected officials from outside Chicago to lobby the City Council, the mayor’s office and other city government offices, as long as the public body they represent doesn’t have pending or recurring legislative or contractual matters involving the city of Chicago.

If passed the ordinance would become effective immediately.

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May 7, 2020 •

Lawsuit Filed in North Dakota Redistricting Case

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North Dakota State Capitol - By Bobak Ha'Eri

The Office of the North Dakota Secretary of State approved a petition for a proposed constitutional amendment. This amendment will make several changes to election procedures, and make the Ethics Commission responsible for state legislative redistricting procedures. The Legislature is […]

The Office of the North Dakota Secretary of State approved a petition for a proposed constitutional amendment.

This amendment will make several changes to election procedures, and make the Ethics Commission responsible for state legislative redistricting procedures.

The Legislature is responsible for redrawing district lines every 10 years following each U.S. Census and is scheduled to do so again in 2021.

The group proposing the measure, North Dakota Voters First, will need to obtain signatures of 4% of eligible voters by July 6 to get the proposal on the ballot in November.

The group has now filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Al Jaeger in U.S. District Court claiming it should be allowed to collect electronic signatures during the pandemic.

The state law requiring petition circulators to collect necessary signatures in-person is unrealistic and dangerous.

Additionally, the inability to get the measure on the ballot this year would mean the current redistricting rules stay in place for another decade.

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May 5, 2020 •

North Dakota Ethics Commission Website Is Live

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North Dakota Capitol Building

The North Dakota Ethics Commission website is now live. The website, ethicscommission.nd.gov, includes board information, meeting minutes, and complaint forms. At a recent meeting, the five-member board also discussed reconciling perceived conflicts in constitutional and statutory language related to commission […]

The North Dakota Ethics Commission website is now live.

The website, ethicscommission.nd.gov, includes board information, meeting minutes, and complaint forms.

At a recent meeting, the five-member board also discussed reconciling perceived conflicts in constitutional and statutory language related to commission procedures; additionally, they reviewed proposed 2021 ethics legislation covering legislators and executive branch officials.

The next meeting is scheduled in an online format for May 13.

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April 24, 2020 •

Wisconsin Republicans Postpone Party Convention Until July

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Wisconsin State Capitol Building

The Republican Party of Wisconsin postponed its annual state convention from May to July because of the coronavirus pandemic. The convention will now take place over two days instead of three on July 10-11 in Green Bay. State Democrats have […]

The Republican Party of Wisconsin postponed its annual state convention from May to July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The convention will now take place over two days instead of three on July 10-11 in Green Bay.

State Democrats have already changed their convention to one day, June 12, in Wisconsin Dells.

Additionally, the party will decide by May 1 whether it will be in-person or change to a virtual event.

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April 22, 2020 •

St. Louis Special Election Scheduled for June 23

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The special election to fill two vacancies on the Board of Aldermen, originally scheduled for May 19, has been postponed to June 23 by a state appeals court panel. Mayor Lyda Krewson had requested the Board of Elections postpone the […]

The special election to fill two vacancies on the Board of Aldermen, originally scheduled for May 19, has been postponed to June 23 by a state appeals court panel.

Mayor Lyda Krewson had requested the Board of Elections postpone the special election in wards 4 and 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The board had to go to court to reschedule as, under city charter requirements, May 19 was the latest possible date for voting in Ward 4.

Additionally May 26 the latest date allowed in Ward 12.

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April 20, 2020 •

Iowa Filing Deadlines Remain Unchanged

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Iowa Capitol Building - Ashton B Crew

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board issued a reminder for campaign disclosure report due dates. Reports for the period of January 1 through May 14 are due no later than 4:30 pm on May 19. Although the board is […]

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board issued a reminder for campaign disclosure report due dates.

Reports for the period of January 1 through May 14 are due no later than 4:30 pm on May 19.

Although the board is working remotely during the disaster proclamation, because reports are filed electronically, filing deadlines have not changed.

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April 17, 2020 •

Kentucky Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

The 154th regular session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 16. The Republican supermajority in both the House and Senate voted to override Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 2. Senate bill 2 requires voters to […]

The 154th regular session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 16.

The Republican supermajority in both the House and Senate voted to override Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 2.

Senate bill 2 requires voters to present government-issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot beginning with the November general election.

Additionally, a passed bill proposing a constitutional amendment will appear on the November ballot.

The amendment will increase the term of office for district judges from four years to eight years beginning in 2022.

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April 14, 2020 •

St. Louis Mayor Requests Postponement of Special Election

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St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has requested the Board of Elections postpone the special elections currently scheduled for May 19. The elections are to fill two vacancies on the Board of Aldermen. The death of Ward 4 Alderman Sam Moore […]

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has requested the Board of Elections postpone the special elections currently scheduled for May 19.

The elections are to fill two vacancies on the Board of Aldermen.

The death of Ward 4 Alderman Sam Moore on February 25, and the resignation of Ward 12 Alderman Larry Arnowitz on March 3 caused, the two vacancies.

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April 13, 2020 •

Missouri Ethics Commission Appointment Confirmed

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The Senate confirmed the appointment of Robert C. Cook of Ashland to the Missouri Ethics Commission. Confirmation happened on April 8, ending three weeks of limbo. The commission had been unable to meet or take any action after the terms […]

The Senate confirmed the appointment of Robert C. Cook of Ashland to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Confirmation happened on April 8, ending three weeks of limbo.

The commission had been unable to meet or take any action after the terms of three of its six members expired on March 15 because commissioners cannot serve once their terms expire.

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April 13, 2020 •

Kentucky General Assembly to Reconvene on April 14

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The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session will reconvene on April 14, one day earlier than previously announced. Lawmakers will consider overriding vetoes cast by Gov. Andy Beshear. The governor’s time to veto recently passed bills expires on April 13. Lawmakers […]

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session will reconvene on April 14, one day earlier than previously announced.

Lawmakers will consider overriding vetoes cast by Gov. Andy Beshear.

The governor’s time to veto recently passed bills expires on April 13.

Lawmakers also have the option to convene on April 15, the latest possible day they can meet in regular session this year under state constitution guidelines.

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April 13, 2020 •

Iowa Legislature Will Remain Adjourned Until April 30

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Iowa Capitol Building - Ashton B Crew

The Legislative Council of Iowa met virtually to suspend the legislative session until April 30. The council makes rules when the legislative body isn’t in session. The suspension comes due to concerns over the increasing number of coronavirus cases in […]

The Legislative Council of Iowa met virtually to suspend the legislative session until April 30.

The council makes rules when the legislative body isn’t in session.

The suspension comes due to concerns over the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the state.

Lawmakers have not passed a budget for next year and the current fiscal year ends June 30, but a bill passed in March before the session’s suspension extends this year’s budget through the end of August.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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April 10, 2020 •

Michigan Announces Special Election for House District 4 Seat

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today a special primary election will be held August 4. The purpose will be to fill the vacant seat in House District 4 of former State Rep. Isaac Robinson, who died March 29. The special election […]

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today a special primary election will be held August 4.

The purpose will be to fill the vacant seat in House District 4 of former State Rep. Isaac Robinson, who died March 29.

The special election for the seat will be held with the general election on November 3.

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April 10, 2020 •

Chicago Extends Deadline for First Quarter Lobbyist Activity Reports

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Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

The Board of Ethics is extending the first quarterly report filing deadline from April 20 to June 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. First quarter reports cover the period from January 1 to March 31 and must be filed even […]

The Board of Ethics is extending the first quarterly report filing deadline from April 20 to June 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First quarter reports cover the period from January 1 to March 31 and must be filed even if there was no activity.

In addition, 2020 mandatory online lobbyist training has not been posted and the training deadline has been extended past June 30.

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