March 26, 2020 •
Individuals and businesses in California are coming to the aide of those in need through donations of money and supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
In many instances, elected officials are instrumental in raising donations for these purposes, whether for charitable or government organizations.
In doing so, an elected official should be aware of and may be required to file a behested payment report.
The current statewide shelter-in-place order, closure of government offices, and various other circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic may make it difficult to file these reports on time.
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) encourages elected officials to make best efforts to timely file behested payment reports.
If circumstances caused by the pandemic inhibit an official’s ability to file reports, the official should communicate these issues to their agency and document all attempts to file and the issues faced.
If an official makes best efforts to comply with the Political Reform Act’s behested payment reporting rules but is unable to do so due to the pandemic, the FPPC will consider this a strong mitigating factor in determining whether an enforcement action against the official is appropriate.
July 8, 2020 •
Gov. Tim Walz announced on July 7, he intends to call lawmakers back for an open-ended session beginning July 13. Walz stated the session will coincide with the 30-day extension of the peacetime emergency ending July 12, and added that […]
Gov. Tim Walz announced on July 7, he intends to call lawmakers back for an open-ended session beginning July 13.
Walz stated the session will coincide with the 30-day extension of the peacetime emergency ending July 12, and added that other issues should get top billing.
Walz is obligated by law to call a special session for the Legislature to approve the emergency declaration.
The Senate tried to revoke the governor’s executive power during the first special session ending June 19.
However, the attempt failed because it requires the vote of both chambers.
In the first special session, no deals were reached on legislation both parties said was necessary and everything will be on the agenda again.
The Legislature will determine the length of the session.