April 23, 2019 •

Missouri Calls Special Election to Fill Two House Vacancies

A special election will take place on November 5 to fill vacancies in House Districts 99 and 158. Rep. Jean Evans resigned from District 99 to become executive director of the Missouri Republican Party. Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick left District 158 […]

A special election will take place on November 5 to fill vacancies in House Districts 99 and 158.

Rep. Jean Evans resigned from District 99 to become executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick left District 158 to serve as state treasurer.

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April 23, 2019 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Tennessee: “Senate Approves Bill to Double Campaign Contribution Limits to Members of Upper Chamber” by Joel Ebert for The Tennessean Ethics National: “Trump Sues in Bid to Block Congressional Subpoena of Financial Records” by David Fahrenthold, Rachael Bade, […]

Campaign Finance

Tennessee: “Senate Approves Bill to Double Campaign Contribution Limits to Members of Upper Chamber” by Joel Ebert for The Tennessean

Ethics

National: “Trump Sues in Bid to Block Congressional Subpoena of Financial Records” by David Fahrenthold, Rachael Bade, and John Wagner for MSN

National: “The Go-To Lawyer for Governors Facing Impeachment” by Alan Greenblatt for Governing

Illinois: “Ex-Top Aide to Dorothy Brown Goes on Trial on Charges of Lying About Pay-to-Play Allegations” by Rosemary Sobel and Jason Meisner for Chicago Tribune

Minnesota: “Minnesota Lawmakers, Lobbyists Describe Cautious Capitol in Wake of #MeToo” by Jessie Van Berkel for Minneapolis Star Tribune

Oregon: “Oregon Officials Approve $50,000 Ethics Case Settlement with Cylvia Hayes” by Ben Botkin for Salem Statesmman Journal

Lobbying

Louisiana: “Numbers of Maine Lawmakers Who Went on to Lobby” by Marina Villeneuva for AP News

Redistricting

Missouri: “Missouri GOP, Fighting Redistricting Changes, Courts Unlikely Ally: Black Democrats” by Jason Hancock for Kansas City Star

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April 22, 2019 •

Georgia Raises Contribution Limits

Last week, the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission voted to raise contribution limits. For statewide elected offices the contribution limits raised from $6,600 to $7,000 for primary and general elections. Primary and general runoff elections limits were raised from […]

Last week, the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission voted to raise contribution limits.

For statewide elected offices the contribution limits raised from $6,600 to $7,000 for primary and general elections.

Primary and general runoff elections limits were raised from $3,900 to $4,100 for statewide elected offices.

Contribution limits for all other offices were also raised from $2,600 to $2,800 for primary and general elections and from $1,400 to $1,500 for primary and general runoff elections.

The previous contribution limits had not changed since 2016.

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April 22, 2019 •

NYCU Video Digest – April 22, 2019

Campaign finance and ethics changes are happening in states all over the country. Find out which states made changes last week in today’s News You Can Use Video Digest.  

Campaign finance and ethics changes are happening in states all over the country. Find out which states made changes last week in today’s News You Can Use Video Digest.

 

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April 22, 2019 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “How the IRS Gave Up Fighting Political Dark Money Groups” by Maya Miller for ProPublica South Dakota: “Lobbyists Sue SD Officials Over Ban on Out-of-State Contributions to Ballot Measure Committees” by Sarah Mearhoff for Mitchell Republic Elections […]

Campaign Finance

National: “How the IRS Gave Up Fighting Political Dark Money Groups” by Maya Miller for ProPublica

South Dakota: “Lobbyists Sue SD Officials Over Ban on Out-of-State Contributions to Ballot Measure Committees” by Sarah Mearhoff for Mitchell Republic

Elections

National: “Mueller’s Report Paints a Portrait of a Campaign Intrigued by Russian Overtures” by Rosalind Helderman, Tom Hamburger, Karoun Demirjian, and Rachel Weiner (Washington Post) for Anchorage Daily News

Ethics

California: “Lawmakers and Landlords: More than a quarter of California legislators are both” by Matt Levin and Elizabeth Castillo for CALmatters

South Carolina: “Richard Quinn, for Years Consultant to Top SC GOP Pols, Indicted on Perjury Charges” by John Monk andf Avery Wilkes for The State

Legislative Issues

Texas: “Conservative Group Empower Texans Sues Lawmaker to Gain State House Media Credentials” by Emma Platoff for Texas Tribune

Lobbying

Florida: “Ethics Complaint Accuses Kristen Rosen Gonzalez of Violating Lobbying Rules” by Kyra Gurney for Miami Herald

Indiana: “Scott Pruitt Left the EPA Mired in Scandal. Now He Is Lobbying Indiana Lawmakers.” by Emily Hopkins for Indianapolis Star

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April 19, 2019 •

General Election Called in Newfoundland and Labrador

On April 17, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball issued a writ of election for the provincial general election to take place on May 16. On the same day, Bruce Chaulk, the Chief Electoral Officer of Newfoundland and Labrador, issued […]

On April 17, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball issued a writ of election for the provincial general election to take place on May 16.

On the same day, Bruce Chaulk, the Chief Electoral Officer of Newfoundland and Labrador, issued election writs to all 40 district returning officers of the province announcing the new date.

The advance poll date is May 9 and the deadline for candidate nominations is April 25.

Elections NL is also set to accept early voting applications, which will be available between April 25 and May 9.

Ball called for the election after tabling the budget.

“I am now seeking a mandate from the people of our province to continue our plan,” Ball announced according to the Western Star.

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April 18, 2019 •

Maryland Governor Signs Bill Requiring Electronic Filing By Lobbyists; Calls Special Session

Gov. Larry Hogan signed Senate Bill 79 on April 18.

The bill requires lobbyists to file registrations and certain reports electronically with the State Ethics Commission.

The State Ethics Commission is also required to develop procedures regarding these electronic filings by lobbyists.

Gov. Hogan also signed an executive order calling for the Maryland General Assembly to convene a special session on Wednesday, May 1.

The special session will allow the House of Delegates to elect a successor to the late Speaker Michael E. Busch, who passed away on April 7.

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April 18, 2019 •

Texas Local Ethics Bills Being Considered

The Texas Legislature is currently considering a bill to allow its counties to enforce local ethics rules.

Senate Bill 710, the Local Government Reform Act, seeks to allow each county to adopt an ethics code enforceable by a local ethics commission.

There is a similar law already in existence allowing local ethics enforcement in counties with a population over 800,000 and an international border.

El Paso County is the only county currently meeting this description.

Also moving through the Legislature is House Bill 1495, aiming to give ethics enforcement powers to El Paso and Montgomery Counties.

If passed, both bills would go into effect on September 1, 2019.

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April 18, 2019 •

Ethics Bill Progressing In North Dakota Legislature

The North Dakota Senate approved House Bill 1521 on Wednesday, April 17.

The bill would implement the state’s new ethics rules established by the voter’s passage of Measure 1 last year.

House Bill 1521 prohibits a lobbyist from giving, offering, soliciting, initiating, or facilitating a gift over $60 to a public official.

A lobbyist will also be required to file a report with the secretary of state if they spend more than $200 on lobbying.

The bill has been returned to the House for consideration before the end of the legislative session on April 26.

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April 18, 2019 •

Tallahassee Board Proposes Expansion of Ethics Code

On Tuesday, the Tallahassee Independent Ethics Board proposed changes to expand the city’s ethics code.

The proposal expands the Board’s jurisdiction to procurement employees and individuals required to file state financial disclosures.

Additionally, the proposal increases the fines faced by lobbyists to $1,000 for the first intentional violation, and prohibits covered individuals from accepting or soliciting all gifts regardless of value from vendors and lobbyists.

The draft ordinance will head to the city commission for final approval later this spring.

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April 18, 2019 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance

National: “Why Democrats Are Falling Over Themselves to Find Small-Dollar Donors” by Carrie Levine for Center for Public Integrity

Florida: “Miami’s Political Escape Artist Can’t Shake the Feds’ Election Conspiracy Lawsuit” by David Smiley and Jay Weaver for Miami Herald

Missouri: “After Controversial MSD Vote, Winners Donated More Than $150,000 to Stenger Campaign” by David Hunn and Jacob Barker for St. Louis Post Dispatch

Elections

National: “Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot Among a Wave of Lesbian Mayors” by Alan Greenblatt for Governing

Tennessee: “Amid Protests, Houses Passes Bill That Critics Say Criminalizes Voter Registration” by Joel Ebert for The Tennessean

Ethics

Louisiana: “Proposed Law Would Bar Legislators from Giving Tulane Scholarships to Immediate Family” by Wilborn Nobles for New Orleans Times Picayune

Lobbying

Alabama: “Lawmakers Pass Bill Saying Economic Developers Are Not Lobbyists” by Mike Cason for AL.com

Missouri: “The St. Louis Board of Aldermen Mulls Rules Change for Lobbyists, Guests” by Andrea Henderson for St. Louis Public Radio

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April 17, 2019 •

Los Angeles City Council Working Towards Banning Developer Donations

The Los Angeles City Council rules committee voted to have the city attorney draft two versions of a proposed ban on donations to city officials from developers seeking approval for their building projects.

Version one would directly follow the Ethics Commission’s recommendation to restrict non-individuals and developers from making political contributions. The restriction would apply from the date the project application is filed until 12 months after the final resolution of the application.

Version two would ban donations from any person or entity pursuing or currently working on large development projects with the city.

Both proposals would ban elected officials from soliciting behested payments from restricted sources, and lower the disclosure threshold for behested payments to $1,000 per payor per year.

Additionally, the proposals would require the disclosure of behested payments to identify whether the payor is a lobbyist, lobbyist firm, bidder, contractor, or developer.

These drafts are expected to be presented to the full City Council within the next few weeks.

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April 17, 2019 •

Hawaii Governor Signs Noncandidate Committee Reporting Bill

Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 165 on April 16, adding a new registration and reporting requirement for noncandidate committees in an election period.

Under the bill, a noncandidate committee that does not intend to receive contributions or make expenditures in aggregate of more than $1,000 in an election period must notify the commission of its intent in the committee’s organizational report.

Notification must be made by the fifth calendar day before the due date of the preliminary primary report.

The bill became effective April 16 upon approval by the governor.

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April 17, 2019 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup