May 4, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Idaho: “Belated Campaign Finance Report Filed by Pro-Gun Group” by Betsy Russell (Idaho Press) for Idaho Falls Post-Register Oregon: “Campaign Finance Limits Lose Twice in Oregon” by Rebecca Ellis and Jeff Mapes for Oregon Public Broadcasting Tennessee: “Media […]

Campaign Finance

Idaho: “Belated Campaign Finance Report Filed by Pro-Gun Group” by Betsy Russell (Idaho Press) for Idaho Falls Post-Register

Oregon: “Campaign Finance Limits Lose Twice in Oregon” by Rebecca Ellis and Jeff Mapes for Oregon Public Broadcasting

Tennessee: “Media Groups Sue Campaign Finance Board Over Email Vote, Contend Violation of Open Meetings Law” by Joel Ebert for The Tennessean

Ethics

National: “Should News Organizations Take Coronavirus Bailout Loans? While Some Fear a Conflict of Interest, Many Are Desperate for Cash” by Paul Fahri (Washington Post) for Greenwich Times

National: “Joe Biden Denies He Sexually Assaulted a Former Senate Aide, Calls on National Archives to Release Complaint If One Exists” by Matt Viser, Annie Linskey, and Sean Sullivan (Washington Post) for Stamford Advocate

Texas: “Texas AG Helped Donor Fight Virus Lockout” by Paul Weber and Jake Bleiberg for AP News

Lobbying

National: “Southern Company’s Lobbying Disclosures Obscure State-Level Information from Investors, Public” by Daniel Tate for Energy and Policy Institute

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May 1, 2020 •

Mississippi Legislature to Reconvene Session on May 1

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn have announced the Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session at 1:00 p.m. on May 1. In addition, the end-of-session report will be due 10 days after the […]

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn have announced the Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session at 1:00 p.m. on May 1.

In addition, the end-of-session report will be due 10 days after the adjournment sine die of the regular legislative session.

The expected adjournment date was extended to June 9 when the session was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

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May 1, 2020 •

Georgia Lawmakers Propose Two Potential Dates to Reconvene Session

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Georgia General Assembly leaders have proposed two potential dates to reconvene the suspended session. The Senate has proposed a return date of May 14, while the House has proposed a June 11 return date. Given an agreement between both houses […]

Georgia General Assembly leaders have proposed two potential dates to reconvene the suspended session.

The Senate has proposed a return date of May 14, while the House has proposed a June 11 return date.

Given an agreement between both houses are needed for the return.

Upon the General Assembly’s return, the 2021 budget will be a chief concern as the fiscal year begins on July 1.

State level and Transportation Board lobbyists will continue to be required to file semi-monthly until lawmakers have officially adjourned sine die.

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May 1, 2020 •

South Carolina General Assembly Set to Reconvene on May 12

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South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas and Senate President Harvey Peeler announced the General Assembly will reconvene on May 12. The leaders made the announcement in a joint letter. The General Assembly is expected to pass bills allowing them to […]

South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas and Senate President Harvey Peeler announced the General Assembly will reconvene on May 12.

The leaders made the announcement in a joint letter.

The General Assembly is expected to pass bills allowing them to take up a number of matters in a special session.

Additionally, the General Assembly will work to extend the time to pass a budget.

This work was set to be completed when they reconvened on April 8.

However, a public disagreement over restrictions on Santee Cooper led to a failure to come to an agreement.

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April 30, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Oregon: “Portland to Begin Enforcing $500 Campaign Donation Limit Next Week, But It Won’t Apply Retroactively” by Everton Bailey Jr. for Portland Oregonian Elections New York: “New York Board of Elections Cancels Democratic Presidential Primary” by Stephanie Saul […]

Campaign Finance

Oregon: “Portland to Begin Enforcing $500 Campaign Donation Limit Next Week, But It Won’t Apply Retroactively” by Everton Bailey Jr. for Portland Oregonian

Elections

New York: “New York Board of Elections Cancels Democratic Presidential Primary” by Stephanie Saul and Nick Corasaniti for New York Times

Ethics

National: “Supreme Court Casts Some Doubt on Whether It Should Settle Trump’s Fight with Congress Over His Finances” by Robert Barnes for Washington Post

National: “Judges Worry Trump Position on McGahn Testimony Could Force Congress into Extreme Measures” by Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney for Politico

National: “Sen. Richard Burr Is Not Just a Friend to the Health Care Industry. He’s Also a Stockholder.” by Robert Faturechi and Derek Willis for ProPublica

New Mexico: “Coalition Asks for $8,000 Reimbursement from Legislator, Former Executive Director” by T.S. Last for Albuquerque Journal

Ohio: “Former ODNR Chief Cited for Ethics Violation Over Free Fishing Trip” by Mike Markey for Toledo Blade

Ohio: “Ohio’s G.O.P. Governor Splits from Trump, and Rises in Popularity” by Trip Gabriel (New York Times) for MSN

Lobbying

Idaho: “IFF Accused of Disobeying IRS Rules by Encouraging Idahoans to Disobey Governor” by Cynthia Sewell for Idaho Statesman

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April 29, 2020 •

Portland Will Start Enforcing Campaign Contribution Limits

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In the wake of an Oregon Supreme Court ruling last week overturning long standing precedents declaring campaign contribution limits in Oregon elections unconstitutional, Portland will enforce a voter approved $500 per donor limit starting Monday. The court ruled that contribution […]

In the wake of an Oregon Supreme Court ruling last week overturning long standing precedents declaring campaign contribution limits in Oregon elections unconstitutional, Portland will enforce a voter approved $500 per donor limit starting Monday.

The court ruled that contribution limits do not violate free speech.

However, they asked lower courts to decide if $500 per donor limits, approved first by Multnomah County voters and then by Portland voters, are too low.

Portland city election officials say they’ll begin enforcing the contribution limits after the Oregon Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a Multnomah County Circuit judge’s decision declaring campaign contribution limits in city elections unconstitutional.

However, election officials will not retroactively enforce the limits. Candidates who violate the new donation limits will face fines of up to $3,000 per violation.

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April 29, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections National: “How a Digital Ad Strategy That Helped Trump Is Being Used Against Him” by Nick Corasaniti for New York Times Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Health Department: 36 people positive for coronavirus after primary vote” by Noland McCaskill for Politico Ethics […]

Elections

National: “How a Digital Ad Strategy That Helped Trump Is Being Used Against Him” by Nick Corasaniti for New York Times

Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Health Department: 36 people positive for coronavirus after primary vote” by Noland McCaskill for Politico

Ethics

National: “Trump Allies Highlight New Claims Regarding Allegations Against Biden” by Matt Viser (Washington Post) for MSN

Kansas: “Kansas Ethics Panel Fines Former Corrections Secretary for Taking $100K Job with CoreCivic” by Sherman Smith for Topeka Capital-Journal

Michigan: “Michigan Senator Apologizes for Mask That Looked Like Confederate Flag” by Sandra Garcia for New York Times

Rhode Island: “Ethics Commission Dismisses GOP Complaint vs. Raimondo” by Katherine Gregg for Providence Journal

Virginia: “Va. Gun Range Wins First Victory Against Order Requiring Businesses to Close” by Justin Jouvenal (Washington Post) for Laredo Morning Times

Legislative Issues

Georgia: “Supreme Court Rules States Can’t Copyright Annotated Laws” by Tim Ryan for Courthouse News Service

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April 28, 2020 •

New York JCOPE Introduces New Lobbying Application Functionality

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The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics introduced a new feature on the state Lobbying Application. Their aim is to minimize the risk of duplicate profiles and improve functionality. Additionally, this feature allows creating or claiming an organization profile […]

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics introduced a new feature on the state Lobbying Application.

Their aim is to minimize the risk of duplicate profiles and improve functionality.

Additionally, this feature allows creating or claiming an organization profile (lobbyist, client, public corporation, or coalition).

In turn, this allows information to prepopulate a client’s semiannual report, provide more transparency, increase reliability, and reduce filing delays.

JCOPE also announced the mechanism to assign an individual as a Chief Administrative Officer and Delegated Administrator has changed.

To authorize an individual for either of these specific roles, the individual’s user identification number must be provided.

The ability to assign an individual as the CAO or the DA merely by entering their first and last name in a search field has been eliminated.

Any questions about navigating the Lobbying Application may be directed to the JCOPE Lobbying Helpdesk at (518) 474-3973 or by emailing helpdesk@jcope.ny.gov.

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April 28, 2020 •

New York Board of Elections Cancels Presidential Primary

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Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Board of Elections voted to cancel the presidential primary on June 23. The presidential primary was previously rescheduled from April 28 to June 23 due to the state of emergency. The decision to cancel […]

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Board of Elections voted to cancel the presidential primary on June 23.

The presidential primary was previously rescheduled from April 28 to June 23 due to the state of emergency.

The decision to cancel the presidential primary does not affect the congressional special election, state, and local primaries scheduled for June 23.

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April 28, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections National: “Thousands of Candidates Reinventing Politics on the Fly for the Age of Pandemic” by Michael Scherer (Washington Post) for MSN National: “Ballot Scramble: Maryland, Ohio test rapid shift to all-mail voting” by Stephanie Akin and Jessica Wehrman for […]

Elections

National: “Thousands of Candidates Reinventing Politics on the Fly for the Age of Pandemic” by Michael Scherer (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Ballot Scramble: Maryland, Ohio test rapid shift to all-mail voting” by Stephanie Akin and Jessica Wehrman for Roll Call

Ethics

National: “Start-Ups Pursue ‘Free Money’ with Relief Funds, Prompting Backlash” by Erin Griffith and David McCabe (New York Times) for MSN

California: “Newsom Executive Orders Test Constitutional Bounds – and Legislative Goodwill” by Debra Kahn for Politico

South Dakota: “2 South Dakota Lawmakers Reprimanded for Intoxication at Capitol” by Shannon Marvel for Dickinson Press

Lobbying

Illinois: “Bid to Strengthen Legislative Ethics Code on Sexual Harassment Blocked by Senate” by Dalton Stokes for State Journal-Register

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April 27, 2020 •

New York Governor Reschedules June Special Elections

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On April 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.23 to reschedule state assembly and senate special elections. The elections now move from June 23 to November 3 due to the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency. Additionally rescheduled to the […]

On April 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.23 to reschedule state assembly and senate special elections.

The elections now move from June 23 to November 3 due to the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency.

Additionally rescheduled to the same day as the general election, are special elections for the 50th Senate District and the 12th, 31st, and 136th Assembly Districts.

The executive order also reschedules a special election for Queens Borough President from June 23 to November 3.

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April 27, 2020 •

Alabama Legislature Delays Its Return

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The Alabama Legislature’s leadership has announced the Legislature’s return will be delayed until May 4. Originally set to return on April 28, the decision complies with Gov. Kay Ivey’s stay-at-home order, which remains in effect until April 30. This delay […]

The Alabama Legislature’s leadership has announced the Legislature’s return will be delayed until May 4.

Originally set to return on April 28, the decision complies with Gov. Kay Ivey’s stay-at-home order, which remains in effect until April 30.

This delay will require the Legislature to work quickly as the session must adjourn sine die on or before May 18, per the state constitution.

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April 27, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Oregon: “Oregon Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Campaign Contribution Limits” by Jeff Mapes for Oregon Public Broadcasting Ethics National: “Spotify and Text-a-Thons: How the census is reaching out during coronavirus” by Maya King and Danielle Muoio for […]

Campaign Finance

Oregon: “Oregon Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Campaign Contribution Limits” by Jeff Mapes for Oregon Public Broadcasting

Ethics

National: “Spotify and Text-a-Thons: How the census is reaching out during coronavirus” by Maya King and Danielle Muoio for Poilitico

National: “Pollo Tropical, Which Employs Florida Congresswoman’s Husband, Gets Small Biz Loan” by Alex Daugherty for Miami Herald

National: “Democrats Press General Services Administration Over Trump Hotel Payments” by Jonathan O’Connell, David Fahrenthold, and Joshua Partlow (Washington Post) for Greenwich Time

National: “Biden Sexual Assault Allegation Roils #MeToo Movement” by Molly Otterbein and Marc Caputo for Politico

South Carolina: “SC Officials Troubled by Senator’s Financial Ties to Richland County Church’s Nonprofit” by Andrew Kaplan for The State

Lobbying

Florida: “Federal Grand Jury Casts Wide Net for JEA Records, Communications” by Mike Mendenhall for Jacksonville Daily Record

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April 24, 2020 •

Virginia Elections Postponed

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam

Gov. Ralph Northam has postponed upcoming elections for two weeks. Pursuant to a pair of executive orders, the general and special elections scheduled for May 5 will instead be held on May 19. Additionally, the primary election scheduled for June […]

Gov. Ralph Northam has postponed upcoming elections for two weeks.

Pursuant to a pair of executive orders, the general and special elections scheduled for May 5 will instead be held on May 19.

Additionally, the primary election scheduled for June 9 will be held June 23.

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