March 25, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance

National: “‘It Can Be Catastrophic’: Coronavirus tanks campaign fundraising” by Maggie Severns and James Arkin for Politico

Connecticut: “Political Gift Limits Suspended in Latest Coronavirus Order” by Ken Dixon for Stamford Advocate

Elections

National: “Bloomberg Sued by Aides for Stiffing Them on Yearlong Pay Promise” by Christopher Cadelsgo for Politico

National: “Democratic Convention Planners Look at Contingency Options” by Reid Epstein for New York Times

Ethics

National: “Trump Cannot Block Critics on Twitter, Federal Court Affirms in Ruling” by Ann Marimow for Washington Post

National: “Six Days: Tracking Sen. Rand Paul from coronavirus testing to positive diagnosis” by Seung Min Kim, Michael Scherer, and Paul Kane (Washington Post) for MSN

Legislative Issues

Minnesota: “In ‘the Cathedral of Hockey,’ Bipartisanship Still Exists in Minnesota” by Briana Bierschbach for Minneapolis Star Tribune

Procurement

New York: “Nassau Inspector General: Courthouse contractor did not ID key principals” by Scott Eidler for Newsday

March 27, 2020 •

Nevada opts to Conduct All Voting in June Primary Election by Mail in Wake of COVID-19

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Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske announced plans to conduct an all-mail election for the June 9, 2020 primary election. All active registered voters in Nevada will be mailed an absentee ballot for the primary election. Voters will be able to […]

Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske announced plans to conduct an all-mail election for the June 9, 2020 primary election.

All active registered voters in Nevada will be mailed an absentee ballot for the primary election.

Voters will be able to mark their ballot at home and then return it by mail using a postage-prepaid envelope or by dropping it off in person at a designated county location.

This announcement applies only to the June 9, 2020 primary election.

In order to accommodate same-day voter registration, as well as assist voters who have issues with the ballot mailed to them, at least one in-person polling location will be available in each county.

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March 27, 2020 •

Montana Governor Allowing Counties to Conduct Upcoming Elections by Mail

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Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive on Wednesday authorizing counties to conduct upcoming elections entirely by mail. The directive allows counties to decide whether to adopt a mail ballot for the June primary election. Montanans are still permitted to vote […]

Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive on Wednesday authorizing counties to conduct upcoming elections entirely by mail.

The directive allows counties to decide whether to adopt a mail ballot for the June primary election.

Montanans are still permitted to vote in person during the 30-day voting window, even if they have received a mail ballot.

If counties choose to participate in mail voting for the June primary, they must submit plans to do so.

Mail ballots would be released on May 8 and early voting would be available in person through the close of the primary election on June 2.

Voters will not be required to pay postage to return their ballots by mail.

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March 27, 2020 •

Washington Governor Signs Political Contribution Bill

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Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill concerning certification of the level of foreign national ownership for corporations participating in state elections. Senate Bill 6152 requires a certification from each corporation making a contribution to the candidate, political committee, or incidental […]

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill concerning certification of the level of foreign national ownership for corporations participating in state elections.

Senate Bill 6152 requires a certification from each corporation making a contribution to the candidate, political committee, or incidental committee stating the corporation’s ownership comprises less than 50% foreign nationals.

The bill becomes effective June 11, 2020.

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March 27, 2020 •

New Jersey Commission Providing Grace Period For Business Entities Affected By State Emergency

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The Election Law Enforcement Commission advises required companies to file Business Entity Disclosures (FORM BE) as soon as possible if they are currently operational or otherwise able to file by the deadline, March 30. ELEC will provide a grace period […]

The Election Law Enforcement Commission advises required companies to file Business Entity Disclosures (FORM BE) as soon as possible if they are currently operational or otherwise able to file by the deadline, March 30.

ELEC will provide a grace period for any business entities during their period of closure if a business is affected by the current public health emergency.

To receive the grace period business entities may send a request by email to efiling@elec.nj.gov is required.

The request must indicate the business entity and the duration of the closure if known.

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March 27, 2020 •

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

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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 27, 2020 •

Rhode Island General Assembly Cancels Sessions For Another Week

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Lawmakers have extended the postponement of the legislative session to contain the spread of COVID-19. General Assembly sessions and committee hearings for the week of March 30 to April 3 have been canceled. This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

Lawmakers have extended the postponement of the legislative session to contain the spread of COVID-19.

General Assembly sessions and committee hearings for the week of March 30 to April 3 have been canceled.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 27, 2020 •

Connecticut Lawmakers Extend Postponement of Session

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Connecticut General Assembly leaders announced legislative business will be postponed for another two weeks until April 13. The legislative session was originally postponed until March 30, but since the last announcement one legislator has tested positive for COVID-19. Lawmakers will […]

Connecticut General Assembly leaders announced legislative business will be postponed for another two weeks until April 13.

The legislative session was originally postponed until March 30, but since the last announcement one legislator has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lawmakers will reassess the situation the week of April 6 with the possibility of canceling the rest of the session.

This does not immediately affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 27, 2020 •

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Pass Bill to Reschedule Primary

On March 25, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 422 to move the state general and presidential primary election from April 28 to June 2. Lawmakers passed the postponement due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Additionally, Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated […]

On March 25, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 422 to move the state general and presidential primary election from April 28 to June 2.

Lawmakers passed the postponement due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

Additionally, Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated his support for rescheduling the election and is expected to sign the bill into law.

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