March 20, 2020 •

Missouri Postpones Municipal Elections Until June 2

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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.

April 8, 2020 •

No Report From the Illinois Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform

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The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform missed the March 31 deadline for submitting their draft report. This came, citing the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The commission was established in December of 2019 to consider ethics reform […]

The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform missed the March 31 deadline for submitting their draft report.

This came, citing the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commission was established in December of 2019 to consider ethics reform in Illinois.

Since its inception, the commission has conducted six public hearings, heard testimony from 38 witnesses, and received extensive feedback from stakeholders.

Its work was nearly complete with the only task remaining of issuing a final report.

The commission last met March 5 and had planned to meet once more before the deadline.

Members requested reasonable date extensions for completion of the report, but those requests were denied.

This leaves the completion date for the report open-ended at this time.

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April 8, 2020 •

Pennsylvania Governor Grants Extension For Lobbying Reports

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Gov. Tom Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to extend the deadline for filing lobbying reports and temporarily waive the notarization requirement for campaign finance reports. The governor granted the request in response to COVID-19 and to minimize delays […]

Gov. Tom Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to extend the deadline for filing lobbying reports and temporarily waive the notarization requirement for campaign finance reports.

The governor granted the request in response to COVID-19 and to minimize delays in required reporting.

The lobbying disclosure report deadline for the first quarter is extended until July 30.

The reports are required on the same date as the second quarterly report but must be filed separately.

The governor also granted a temporary waiver of the notarization requirement for campaign finance reports and campaign finance statements filed by political committees and candidates for public office.

The waiver allows the required documents to be filed online until the COVID-19 health emergency subsides.

Filers must sign, either physically or typed, and date their report or statement cover sheet.

For filers who file on paper, the department will accept emailed campaign finance reports for the duration of the emergency.

Filers must email the campaign finance reports to: RA-stcampaignfinance@pa.gov.

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April 8, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “SEC Rules Could Thwart Political Spending Disclosure Efforts” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call Elections National: “Progressives Built an Organizing Juggernaut for 2020. Then the Virus Hit.” by Astead Herndon and Ian Prasad Philbrick (New York Times) […]

Campaign Finance

National: “SEC Rules Could Thwart Political Spending Disclosure Efforts” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call

Elections

National: “Progressives Built an Organizing Juggernaut for 2020. Then the Virus Hit.” by Astead Herndon and Ian Prasad Philbrick (New York Times) for MSN

Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Now Waits for the Spring Election Results – and Then the Lawsuits” by Riley Vetterkind and Kelly Meyerhofer (Wisconsin State Journal) for Madison.com

Ethics

National: “Sen. David Perdue Bought Stock in a Company That Produces Protective Medical Equipment the Same Day Senators Received a Classified Briefing on the Coronavirus” by Sonam Sheth for Business Insider

Idaho: “A ‘Liberty’ Rebellion in Idaho Threatens to Undermine Coronavirus Orders” by Mike Baker for New York Times

Lobbying

Minnesota: “Lobbying on Hold as Minnesota Legislature Focuses on COVID-19” by Jessie Van Berkel for Minneapolis Star Tribune

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April 7, 2020 •

Portland Auditor Extends Lobbyist Filing Deadline

The Portland Auditor has temporarily suspended enforcement of lobbying and political consultant reporting requirements for first quarter reports due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The deadline for lobbyist reports covering activity for the period of January 1 to March 31 is […]

The Portland Auditor has temporarily suspended enforcement of lobbying and political consultant reporting requirements for first quarter reports due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The deadline for lobbyist reports covering activity for the period of January 1 to March 31 is extended until June 15.

The auditor’s office will not assess late fees or penalties for:

    • The failure to file quarterly reports
    • Submission of required updated information
    • Registration as a lobbyist or political consultant

Lobbying entities, political consultants, and city officials are encouraged to file reports when they are able to do so.

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April 7, 2020 •

Wisconsin Moves Forward with Primary; Absentee Deadline Today

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order delaying the state’s presidential primary over coronavirus fears. The court ruled 4-2 Evers lacked the authority to move the election on his own. The decision means the election will […]

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order delaying the state’s presidential primary over coronavirus fears.

The court ruled 4-2 Evers lacked the authority to move the election on his own.

The decision means the election will occur as originally scheduled on Tuesday.

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday to count after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the deadline in the first coronavirus-related case to reach the justices.

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April 7, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Tennessee: “Rep. Joe Towns Reaches Campaign Finance Violation Settlement After Board Takes Votes by Email” by Joel Ebert for The Tennessean Elections National: “With Campaigns in Remote Mode, Pandemic Upends Battle for Congress” by Carl Hulse for New […]

Campaign Finance

Tennessee: “Rep. Joe Towns Reaches Campaign Finance Violation Settlement After Board Takes Votes by Email” by Joel Ebert for The Tennessean

Elections

National: “With Campaigns in Remote Mode, Pandemic Upends Battle for Congress” by Carl Hulse for New York Times

Wisconsin: “As Nation Battles Coronavirus, Wisconsin Election Forges on with In-Person Voting” by Kendall Karson and Meg Cunningham for ABC News

Ethics

National: “Politics Through the Looking Glass: Virus scrambles the left-right lines” by Jim Rutenberg for New York Times

Florida: “‘Open Government’ Moves Online Amid COVID-19 Thanks to Push from Jacksonville Ethics Director” by Shelby Danielson for WTLV

Lobbying

Canada: “Appeal Court Nixes Fresh Lobby Probe of Aga Khan in Trudeau Vacation Case” by Jim Bronskill (Canadian Press) for National Post

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April 6, 2020 •

California Legislature Extends Recess to May 4 Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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The California Legislature pushed back a scheduled return to the legislative session by three weeks to give public health officials more time to deal with the coronavirus spreading through the state. The Legislature now is scheduled to reconvene on May […]

The California Legislature pushed back a scheduled return to the legislative session by three weeks to give public health officials more time to deal with the coronavirus spreading through the state.

The Legislature now is scheduled to reconvene on May 4.

Lawmakers had voted unanimously on March 16 to suspend its session until April 13.

The initial decision last month to suspend activities at the state Capitol was unprecedented in California history.

It came after legislators grappled for several days to balance public health concerns with the need for action to address the impact of the pandemic.

Both houses quickly passed a $1 billion relief plan on March 16 before putting a halt to all legislative business.

Whether a return in early May will be possible could depend on the state’s success or failure this month in slowing the rate of infection.

Early spring is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the Legislature, with hundreds of bills considered by policy committees before receiving final votes in either of the two houses by May 31.

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April 6, 2020 •

Wisconsin Governor Issues Order to Delay Election

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Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order to delay the state’s presidential primary from April 7 until June 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. If Evers’ executive order holds, Wisconsin would become the 16th state to delay its election amid […]

Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order to delay the state’s presidential primary from April 7 until June 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

If Evers’ executive order holds, Wisconsin would become the 16th state to delay its election amid the pandemic.

Republicans are expected to immediately challenge the governor’s order in state court.

Evers had been reluctant to act due to concerns a postponement would be quickly overturned by the state Supreme Court and impact his authority to fight the pandemic.

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