April 24, 2020 •

Hawaii Ethics Commission Further Extends Deadline for Lobbyist Reports

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On April 24, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission further extended the deadline for lobbyist and employer activity reports to June 1 in response to COVID-19. Originally, reports for the January 1 to February 29 period were due on March 31. […]

On April 24, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission further extended the deadline for lobbyist and employer activity reports to June 1 in response to COVID-19.

Originally, reports for the January 1 to February 29 period were due on March 31.

The stay-at-home orders prompted the commission to extend the deadline to April 30.

Now the deadline has been further extended to June 1.

This does not affect lobbyist and employer activity reports due June 1 for the reporting period of March 1 to April 30.

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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 24, 2020 •

Connecticut Ethics Commission Announces Filing Extensions

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State Ethics Commission announced a filing deadline extension for lobbyist monthly and quarterly reports until July 10. This extension affects monthly reports due on April 10, May 10, and June 10, in which […]

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State Ethics Commission announced a filing deadline extension for lobbyist monthly and quarterly reports until July 10.

This extension affects monthly reports due on April 10, May 10, and June 10, in which the lobbyist has expended or agreed to expend $100 or more in furtherance of lobbying activities to influence legislative action in the preceding month.

The filing deadline for the first quarterly report was also extended until July 10.

The commission is expected to send out further details by email to notify all filers.

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April 23, 2020 •

Connecticut General Assembly Announces Session Will Not Reconvene

Connecticut State Capitol

On April 21, the General Assembly announced the regular session will not reconvene before the May 6 constitutional adjournment date. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session has been suspended since March 11. Legislative leaders expect a special […]

On April 21, the General Assembly announced the regular session will not reconvene before the May 6 constitutional adjournment date.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session has been suspended since March 11.

Legislative leaders expect a special session to be called in the coming months to address pending bills to ensure the continuity of government functions.

This does not immediately affect lobbyist reporting.

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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 •

Quebec National Assembly Extends Adjournment

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On April 17, the Quebec National Assembly extended its adjournment until May 5 because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The Assembly had agreed on March 17 to adjourn parliamentary business until April 21. At the time, the leaders of the […]

On April 17, the Quebec National Assembly extended its adjournment until May 5 because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Assembly had agreed on March 17 to adjourn parliamentary business until April 21.

At the time, the leaders of the four parliamentary groups left open the option to recommend to the President of the National Assembly to extend the adjournment beyond April 21.

Lawmakers plan to hold four virtual committee sessions.

These will allow MPs and members of the opposition groups to exchange views with members of the executive.

These committee sessions will be held between April 24 and May 1.

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April 20, 2020 •

Connecticut Governor Reschedules Primary to August

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On April 17, Gov. Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7BB to reschedule the presidential primary to Tuesday, August 11, due to the ongoing public health crisis caused by COVID-19. This is the second rescheduling of the presidential primary and […]

On April 17, Gov. Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7BB to reschedule the presidential primary to Tuesday, August 11, due to the ongoing public health crisis caused by COVID-19.

This is the second rescheduling of the presidential primary and the new date will coincide with the state and federal primary on August 11.

The governor had previously rescheduled the presidential primary from April 28 to June 2.

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April 20, 2020 •

Iowa Filing Deadlines Remain Unchanged

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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 •

Rhode Island General Assembly Extends Postponement

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Rhode Island State House

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly is extending the postponement of the legislative session. All House and Senate sessions and committee hearings for the week of April 20 to April 24 have been canceled. The General Assembly […]

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly is extending the postponement of the legislative session.

All House and Senate sessions and committee hearings for the week of April 20 to April 24 have been canceled.

The General Assembly is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 28.

These changes do not affect lobbyist reporting.

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April 16, 2020 •

Utah Convenes Online for Emergency Special Session

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Due to COVID-19, Utah lawmakers are meeting online for the first time on April 16 for an emergency special session. Only Senate President Stuart Adams and House Speaker Brad Wilson are expected to be in the legislative chambers in the […]

Due to COVID-19, Utah lawmakers are meeting online for the first time on April 16 for an emergency special session.

Only Senate President Stuart Adams and House Speaker Brad Wilson are expected to be in the legislative chambers in the closed state Capitol.

Work on more than 20 items on the agenda will be tackled in one chamber at a time, beginning in the House.

Bills will not receive committee hearings, which are optional in a special session.

The session will continue for a period of up to 10 days.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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April 16, 2020 •

Louisiana Further Postpones Primary Election until July 11

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. John Bel Edwards delayed Louisiana’s presidential primary a second time due to COVID-19. The primary was originally scheduled for April 4. Edwards initially postponed the election until June 20 at the request of Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. Now […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards delayed Louisiana’s presidential primary a second time due to COVID-19.

The primary was originally scheduled for April 4. Edwards initially postponed the election until June 20 at the request of Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin.

Now the primary election has been pushed back an extra three weeks to July 11, making it one of the last states on the current primary calendar.

Ardoin also asked lawmakers to approve emergency procedures for the election. He sought to expand early voting from seven to 13 days.

Additionally, he wants to widen the availability of mail-in absentee ballots to people impacted by the virus.

With a 5-1 vote, the Senate and Governmental Affairs rejected an emergency certification that Ardoin needed to move ahead with the changes to polling places, early voting timelines, and absentee-by-mail voting eligibility.

The vote’s impact on the election is uncertain.

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April 15, 2020 •

Campaign Finance Commission Upholds Ban of Contributions During Suspended Session

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The Georgia Campaign Finance Commission issued formal opinions to reiterate the General Assembly is still legally in session. Lawmakers have not officially adjourned sine die, nor has the governor issued an executive order adjourning both houses. Members of the General […]

The Georgia Campaign Finance Commission issued formal opinions to reiterate the General Assembly is still legally in session.

Lawmakers have not officially adjourned sine die, nor has the governor issued an executive order adjourning both houses.

Members of the General Assembly and other statewide elected public officers remain subject to the session ban on campaign contributions.

However, they are permitted to issue reimbursements to themselves and campaign staff for expenses incurred during the suspended session.

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April 15, 2020 •

Maine Governor Postpones Primary Until July

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To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 due to in-person voting, Gov. Janet Mills issued Executive Order 39. Executive Order 39 postpones the primary from June 9 to Tuesday, July 14. The order also allows applications for absentee ballots to be […]

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 due to in-person voting, Gov. Janet Mills issued Executive Order 39.

Executive Order 39 postpones the primary from June 9 to Tuesday, July 14.

The order also allows applications for absentee ballots to be made in writing or in person up to and including the day of the election without specifying a reason.

The new application process permits voters to obtain and return the absentee ballot before the polls close on July 14.

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April 14, 2020 •

Emergency Order Extends Austin Lobbyist Quarterly Reporting Deadline

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Steve Adler signed an additional emergency order on April 13. The new order suspends all deadlines imposed by city code, ordinance, rule, or other regulation until May 30. Under Section 7 of the […]

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Steve Adler signed an additional emergency order on April 13.

The new order suspends all deadlines imposed by city code, ordinance, rule, or other regulation until May 30.

Under Section 7 of the order, the deadline for all lobbyist quarterly activity reports has been extended from May 1 to May 30.

No late fees will be accrued for failure to file prior to May 30. 

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