April 14, 2020 •

St. Louis Mayor Requests Postponement of Special Election

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

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 14, 2020 •

Three In-Person Voting Centers for April 28 Special Election

Maryland Capitol Building - Jimmy Emerson

The Maryland Board of Elections has announced there will be three in-person voting centers for the 7th Congressional District special general election on April 28. The centers are for voters who are unable to cast their ballots by mail. One […]

The Maryland Board of Elections has announced there will be three in-person voting centers for the 7th Congressional District special general election on April 28.

The centers are for voters who are unable to cast their ballots by mail.

One voting center will be located in each local jurisdiction: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County.

The board is recommending all 7th district voters who can vote by mail do so.

Voting by mail is the safest way to vote.

However, concerns over safeguarding the voting rights of those unable to vote by mail led to the decision to open the three in-person voting centers.

The local elections boards will select the location of the in-person voting centers.

Locations will be announced no later than April 20.

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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 •

Connecticut Lawmakers Extend Postponement

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On April 8, legislative leaders announced the General Assembly is extending the postponement of the session until April 23. The State Capitol, Legislative Office Building, and State House will remain closed during the postponement. This does not immediately affect lobbyist […]

On April 8, legislative leaders announced the General Assembly is extending the postponement of the session until April 23.

The State Capitol, Legislative Office Building, and State House will remain closed during the postponement.

This does not immediately affect lobbyist reporting.

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April 10, 2020 •

Rhode Island General Assembly Extends Postponement

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Rhode Island State House

The Rhode Island General Assembly announced the postponement of the legislative session has been extended for another week due to COVID-19. All legislative sessions and committee hearings for the week of April 13 to April 17 have been canceled. Both […]

The Rhode Island General Assembly announced the postponement of the legislative session has been extended for another week due to COVID-19.

All legislative sessions and committee hearings for the week of April 13 to April 17 have been canceled.

Both chambers of the General Assembly are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 21.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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April 10, 2020 •

FPPC Offers Guidance on Lobbying Filing Deadlines in Wake of COVID-19

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The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has issued an advisory encouraging people subject to lobbying registration and reporting requirements to continue to make the best efforts to timely file all legally required reports and statements. However, it may be […]

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has issued an advisory encouraging people subject to lobbying registration and reporting requirements to continue to make the best efforts to timely file all legally required reports and statements.

However, it may be difficult for some to file statements and reports given the shelter-in-place order and other issues caused by the pandemic.

If circumstances caused by COVID-19 inhibit the filing of a lobbying report or statement, the filer should communicate these issues to the Office of the Secretary of State and document all attempts to file and the issues faced.

While quarterly lobbying reports are filed electronically, the law requires certain other statements be filed on paper with an original signature.

Restrictions imposed to fight the spread of COVID-19 may make the logistics of filing documents on paper with original signatures difficult or even impossible.

To the extent this is the case, people required to file lobbying forms on paper with original signatures are encouraged to make use of digital and electronic options for filing reports to ensure timely filing.

Paper statements with original signatures will need to be filed when feasible.

If a person with lobbying filing requirements makes best efforts to comply with the Political Reform Act’s lobbying registration and reporting rules but is unable to do so due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FPPC will consider this a strong mitigating factor in determining whether an enforcement action against the person is appropriate.

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April 10, 2020 •

Chicago Extends Deadline for First Quarter Lobbyist Activity Reports

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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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April 10, 2020 •

Georgia Secretary of State Postpones Presidential and State Primary to June 9

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Georgia State Capitol Building

Due to continued concerns over COVID-19, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has postponed the May 19 presidential primary election and the state’s general primary until June 9. The voter registration deadline for the June 9 election will be May 11 […]

Due to continued concerns over COVID-19, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has postponed the May 19 presidential primary election and the state’s general primary until June 9.

The voter registration deadline for the June 9 election will be May 11 and early voting will begin on May 18.

Further, moving the primary election to June 9 will move the primary runoff to August 11.

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April 9, 2020 •

Puerto Rico Delays Democratic Presidential Primary A Second Time

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Puerto Rico delayed its Democratic presidential primary election for a second time as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The Democratic presidential primary election was originally scheduled for March 29. Democratic Party leadership postponed the election until April 26. Then on April […]

Puerto Rico delayed its Democratic presidential primary election for a second time as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The Democratic presidential primary election was originally scheduled for March 29.

Democratic Party leadership postponed the election until April 26.

Then on April 2, the Democratic presidential primary was postponed indefinitely.

However, the island’s Republican presidential primary, as well as two major local party primaries (the pro-statehood New Progressive Party and the left-leaning Popular Democratic Party) are scheduled for June 7.

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April 9, 2020 •

Indiana Lobby Registration Commission Extends First Period Activity Report Filing Deadline

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The Lobby Registration Commission is extending the first period activity report filing deadline from May 31 to July 15. First period activity reports cover the period from November 1, 2019, to April 30, 2020. Any late fees imposed for reports […]

The Lobby Registration Commission is extending the first period activity report filing deadline from May 31 to July 15.

First period activity reports cover the period from November 1, 2019, to April 30, 2020.

Any late fees imposed for reports filed June 1 to July 15 will be waived, but reports filed after July 15 will be subject to late fees.

The Lobby Registration Commission staff will continue to work from home in compliance with Executive Order 20-18, issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb to extend Indiana’s stay-at-home order until April 20.

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April 9, 2020 •

Colorado Lawmakers Plan to Resume Session May 18

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Colorado Capitol Building

The Colorado General Assembly tentatively plans to return from recess on May 18. Lawmakers set the date during an April 8 meeting at the closed Capitol. They also indicated it may change depending on the status of the COVID-19 public […]

The Colorado General Assembly tentatively plans to return from recess on May 18.

Lawmakers set the date during an April 8 meeting at the closed Capitol.

They also indicated it may change depending on the status of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The General Assembly has flexibility to extend the session beyond the original May 6 adjournment date.

The timeline to resume is guided by the need to finish the state budget.

The House and Senate did not put an end date on the legislative term and continue to refine the agenda for the remainder of the session.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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April 9, 2020 •

New Jersey Governor Reschedules Primary Election Until July

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On April 8, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 120 to postpone the federal and state primary elections from June 2 to July 7. The executive order also reschedules any other election scheduled between May 13 through July 7 to […]

On April 8, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 120 to postpone the federal and state primary elections from June 2 to July 7.

The executive order also reschedules any other election scheduled between May 13 through July 7 to be held on Tuesday, July 7.

The governor postponed the election due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Additionally, postponement will allow state officials time to determine whether in-person voting can be held or if the election should be held by vote-by-mail.

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April 8, 2020 •

Virginia Governor Requesting Delay of May Municipal Elections

Virginia Capitol Building - Ron Cogswell

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the June 9 primary election will be postponed until June 23 due to concerns about COVID-19. Northam has also requested the General Assembly postpone the May 5 municipal elections to coincide with the November 3 […]

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the June 9 primary election will be postponed until June 23 due to concerns about COVID-19.

Northam has also requested the General Assembly postpone the May 5 municipal elections to coincide with the November 3 general election.

The General Assembly would need to reconvene to approve such a postponement.

The postponement may also extend current local official terms of office to facilitate the election of their successors.

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