March 19, 2020 •

Maryland General Assembly Adjourns

Maryland Capitol Building - Jimmy Emerson

After shortening the session, the General Assembly managed to pass over 650 bills in three days before adjourning sine die on Wednesday March 18. Among the passed legislation is House Bill 315, which increases penalties for bribery and extends revolving […]

After shortening the session, the General Assembly managed to pass over 650 bills in three days before adjourning sine die on Wednesday March 18.

Among the passed legislation is House Bill 315, which increases penalties for bribery and extends revolving door restrictions.

House Bill 315 and other passed bills will now go to Gov. Larry Hogan who can sign, veto, or let them become law without his signature.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 19, 2020 •

Iowa Legislature Adjourned Until April 15

Iowa Capitol Building - Ashton B Crew

The Legislature passed a concurrent resolution to provide for an extended adjournment of the 2020 regular session of the 88th General Assembly. The extended adjournment is due to public health concerns over COVID-19. Senate Concurrent Resolution 102 provides upon the […]

The Legislature passed a concurrent resolution to provide for an extended adjournment of the 2020 regular session of the 88th General Assembly.

The extended adjournment is due to public health concerns over COVID-19.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 102 provides upon the adjournment of the House of Representatives and the Senate on March 16, both houses will remain adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on April 15.

The Legislative Council may shorten or further extend the adjournment if deemed necessary.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting dates .

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March 19, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Fundraisers Shifting Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Pandemic” by Sean Miller for Campaigns and Elections National: “At Party for Donald Trump Jr.’s Girlfriend, Donors Helped Pick Up the Tab” by Kenneth Vogel, Steve Eder, and Nicholas Confessore […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Fundraisers Shifting Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Pandemic” by Sean Miller for Campaigns and Elections

National: “At Party for Donald Trump Jr.’s Girlfriend, Donors Helped Pick Up the Tab” by Kenneth Vogel, Steve Eder, and Nicholas Confessore for New York Times

Hawaii: “This Hawaii Defense Contractor Has Emerged as a Major Political Player” by Nick Grube for Honolulu Civil Beat

Elections

National: “Biden Notches 3 More Victories; Sanders Reassessing Campaign” by Will Weissert and Brian Slodysko for AP News

Alabama: “Alabama Governor Postpones Runoffs, Prolonging Sessions-Tuberville Battle” by Bridget Bowman for Roll Call

Ethics

National: “DOJ Memo Shows Clinton, Obama, and Trump Donor’s Shady Foreign Campaign Finance Schemes” by Jwerry Dunleavy for Washington Examiner

Maryland: “Senate Confirms Nominees to Overhauled University of Maryland Medical System Board After Self-Dealing Scandal” by Luke Broadwater for Baltimore Sun

Lobbying

Europe: “Coronavirus Forces Brussels Lobbying to Go Digital” by Cristina Gonzales for Politico

National: “Lobbyist Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy” by Mike Gallagher for Albuquerque Journal

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March 18, 2020 •

Chicago Board of Ethics Responds to COVID-19

Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

The Board of Ethics is delaying implementation of Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305, previously set for April 20 to July 1. The ordinance imposes new registration and reporting requirements on certain nonprofit interactions with the city. Steven Berlin, Executive Director for the […]

The Board of Ethics is delaying implementation of Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305, previously set for April 20 to July 1.

The ordinance imposes new registration and reporting requirements on certain nonprofit interactions with the city.

Steven Berlin, Executive Director for the Chicago Board of Ethics, explained as the city and groups around Chicago work to respond to COVID-19, delaying enforcement until the third quarter is appropriate.

Advisory Opinion Case No. 202012.Q was issued to provide guidance regarding gifts and services to aid the city in its official response to COVID-19.

The Board of Ethics also canceled the two remaining prescheduled March in-person ethics training seminars for March 17 and March 26.

Berlin indicated the training will be posted online as soon as possible and the completion deadline will be extended accordingly.

The quarterly activity reporting deadlines of April 20 and July 20 remain in effect.

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March 18, 2020 •

Alabama Postpones Runoff Elections

Alabama State Capitol Building

Alabama officials held a press conference announcing the March 31 runoff election will be postponed until July 14. The press conference was held by Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John H. Merrill, and Attorney General Steve Marshall. Merrill believes […]

Alabama officials held a press conference announcing the March 31 runoff election will be postponed until July 14.

The press conference was held by Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John H. Merrill, and Attorney General Steve Marshall.

Merrill believes this new date will allow for the electoral process to continue in a normal manner.

He also says the delay will allow all local election officials the time to assess and evaluate the changes needed to ensure the runoff election is administered according to plan.

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March 18, 2020 •

Emergency Order Extends Austin Lobbyist Quarterly Reporting Deadline

Austin City Hall - by Carol M. Highsmith

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin Mayor Steve Adler signed an emergency order on March 17. The order suspends all deadlines imposed by city code, ordinance, rule, or other regulation until May 1. Under Section 7 of the order, […]

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin Mayor Steve Adler signed an emergency order on March 17.

The order suspends all deadlines imposed by city code, ordinance, rule, or other regulation until May 1.

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

No late fees will be accrued for failure to file prior to May 1.

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March 18, 2020 •

Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Maine Capitol Building

The Maine Legislature adjourned sine die on March 17 due to concerns with COVID-19. Before adjournment, lawmakers were able to pass a supplemental budget with provisions in response to the coronavirus. During the shortened legislative session, lawmakers also passed Legislative […]

The Maine Legislature adjourned sine die on March 17 due to concerns with COVID-19.

Before adjournment, lawmakers were able to pass a supplemental budget with provisions in response to the coronavirus.

During the shortened legislative session, lawmakers also passed Legislative Document 1867.

Legislative Document 1867 amends lobbyist reporting requirements and an expands sexual harassment training.

A registered lobbyist is required to file monthly reports beginning the month they register through the lobbying year.

However, after the legislative session is concluded, if the lobbyist anticipates no further lobbying for a client, the lobbyist may file a request for a non-session waiver with their final monthly report for the session.

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March 18, 2020 •

Hawaii Ethics Commission Postpones March 19 Administrative Rule Hearing

Honolulu Skyline - Chris Dickey

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission has postponed its public hearing on proposed administrative rules concerning amendments to state lobbying and gift laws scheduled for March 19. While a new date has not been established, the ethics […]

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission has postponed its public hearing on proposed administrative rules concerning amendments to state lobbying and gift laws scheduled for March 19.

While a new date has not been established, the ethics commission indicated the public hearing will likely take place in early May.

The proposals include:

    • Clarifications as to what activities constitute lobbying
    • Exclusions from lobbyist registration requirements
    • Requirements that expenditures be reported on an accrual rather than cash basis

Additionally, the proposals amend prohibitions on certain kinds of gifts, valuation of gifts, and gift disclosure statements.

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March 18, 2020 •

Alaska Governor Declares Public Health State of Emergency

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a public health disaster emergency in the state. People are encouraged to practice social distancing and avoid large crowds if possible, especially if they are elderly or have underlying health conditions. Access to the Capitol is […]

Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a public health disaster emergency in the state.

People are encouraged to practice social distancing and avoid large crowds if possible, especially if they are elderly or have underlying health conditions.

Access to the Capitol is limited to lawmakers, employees of the Legislature, members of the governor’s administration, and credentialed journalists.

Lawmakers voted to approve $4.1 million of funding to respond to the coronavirus.

The regular session will adjourn if five or more legislators contract the virus.

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March 18, 2020 •

Alaska Public Offices Commission Limited Office Closure

Alaska State Capitol Buildling - Jay Galvin

The offices of the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. This comes in recognition of state and federal calls for social distancing and to protect the public and its employees. APOC offices […]

The offices of the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice.

This comes in recognition of state and federal calls for social distancing and to protect the public and its employees.

APOC offices will remain staffed and continue to serve the public and respond through alternative forms of contact including mail, email, fax, and telephone, during its normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 18, 2020 •

FPPC Offers Guidance on Form 700 Deadline in Wake of COVID-19

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The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) encourages filers who have access to an electronic Form 700 filing system to take advantage of its use. This comes in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming Form 700 Statement […]

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) encourages filers who have access to an electronic Form 700 filing system to take advantage of its use.

This comes in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests filing deadline on April 1, 2020.

If electronic filing is not available, filers are strongly encouraged to submit forms by mail rather than in person.

Statements postmarked on or before the filing deadline are considered timely filed.

The FPPC’s advice telephone line is closed until further notice.

However, they continue to timely respond to requests for advice via email.

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March 18, 2020 •

California Legislature Suspends Session in Response to COVID-19

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The California Legislature voted to suspend its 2020 session for nearly a month in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Lawmakers Monday night voted unanimously to recess from March 20 until April 13, though the date is subject to change. The […]

The California Legislature voted to suspend its 2020 session for nearly a month in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Lawmakers Monday night voted unanimously to recess from March 20 until April 13, though the date is subject to change.

The Legislature passed a relief package that sends $1.1 billion in support to hospitals, facilities, local governments and schools to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

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March 18, 2020 •

New Jersey Legislature Cancels All Meetings after March 19

New Jersey Capitol Building

On March 19, the Senate will convene a voting session regarding emergency bills to address COVID-19. All other Senate and Assembly committee meetings and sessions that scheduled for the month of March have been cancelled. These actions do not affect […]

On March 19, the Senate will convene a voting session regarding emergency bills to address COVID-19.

All other Senate and Assembly committee meetings and sessions that scheduled for the month of March have been cancelled.

These actions do not affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 18, 2020 •

Wyoming Legislature Wraps Up Legislative Session

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The 2020 budget session of the Wyoming Legislature adjourned sine die on March 13 after 24 days in session. The session lasted an extra four days this year because of a decision made by lawmakers last year. During the session, […]

The 2020 budget session of the Wyoming Legislature adjourned sine die on March 13 after 24 days in session.

The session lasted an extra four days this year because of a decision made by lawmakers last year.

During the session, legislators passed a bill expanding limitations on campaign contributions.

Senate File 20 expands limitations on campaign contributions from organizations to include a candidate’s campaign committee or any political party or political action committee that directly coordinates with a candidate or a candidate’s campaign committee.

The bill becomes effective July 1, 2020, and does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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