June 9, 2011 •

State and Federal Communications Sponsors Women in Government Relations Event

Women in Government Relations BreakfastState and Federal Communications is sponsoring a Women in Government Relations (WGR) breakfast on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

The event will feature Catherine Hunter, Vice Chair of the Federal Election Commission, and will be presented by the WGR’s PACs, Politics and Grassroots Task Force.

State and Federal Communications President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz and Federal Compliance Associate Rebecca South will be attending.

Registration information is available on the Women in Government Relations event page.

August 3, 2020 •

Nevada Lawmakers Pass Bill to Mail Ballots Amid Pandemic

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State legislators passed a bill Sunday adding Nevada to a growing list of states mailing all active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bill now heads to Gov. Steve Sisolak. If he signs it […]

State legislators passed a bill Sunday adding Nevada to a growing list of states mailing all active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill now heads to Gov. Steve Sisolak.

If he signs it as expected, Nevada will join seven states planning to automatically send voters mail ballots.

These states include California and Vermont, which moved earlier this summer to adopt automatic mail ballot policies.

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August 3, 2020 •

Oregon Governor Calls for Special Session to Balance State Budget

Oregon Senate Chamber

Oregon Senate Chamber - photo by Cacophony

Gov. Kate Brown announced she will convene a second special session of the Oregon Legislature starting Monday, August 10. The main objective of the session will be to address the state’s devastating budget shortfall arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

Gov. Kate Brown announced she will convene a second special session of the Oregon Legislature starting Monday, August 10.

The main objective of the session will be to address the state’s devastating budget shortfall arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor’s decision to call lawmakers into session could be a concession the state is unlikely to receive any budget assistance from Congress, a possibility Brown and public employee union leaders cited earlier in the summer as a reason to delay the second special session.

In her proclamation calling the special session, the governor also noted her support for urgent legislation building on matters considered in the first special session, including additional police accountability reforms.

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August 3, 2020 •

Massachusetts Legislature Extends Session

Massachusetts Capitol Building

The Massachusetts General Court passed Senate Bill 2873 declaring a state of emergency within the Legislature and extending the legislative session past the traditional last day of July 31. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Court extended the session […]

The Massachusetts General Court passed Senate Bill 2873 declaring a state of emergency within the Legislature and extending the legislative session past the traditional last day of July 31.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Court extended the session to respond to and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, to protect the health, security, safety, and economic well-being and convenience of the people of the Commonwealth.

The bill suspends Joint Rule 12A and allows the second annual session of the 191st General Court to continue until the end of the calendar year.

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August 3, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Hawaii: “Alleged Oahu Crime Boss’ Nightclub Was a Popular Place for Political Fundraisers” by Nick Grube for Honolulu Star Advertiser Elections Idaho: “Supreme Court Halts Idaho Online Signatures for Initiative” by Keith Ridler (Associated Press) for Jacksonville Journal […]

Campaign Finance

Hawaii: “Alleged Oahu Crime Boss’ Nightclub Was a Popular Place for Political Fundraisers” by Nick Grube for Honolulu Star Advertiser

Elections

Idaho: “Supreme Court Halts Idaho Online Signatures for Initiative” by Keith Ridler (Associated Press) for Jacksonville Journal Courier

Ethics

National: “DHS Compiled ‘Intelligence Reports’ on Journalists Who Published Leaked Documents” by Shane Harris (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Full Appeals Court Agrees to Wade into Michael Flynn Case” by Eric Tucker for Associated Press News

National: “Misuse of Taxpayer Funds Leads Ethics Committee to Reprimand and Fine Rep. Schweikert” by Chris Marquette for Roll Call

Canada: “Trudeau Defends Work on Contract Now Engulfing His Government” by Andy Blatchford for Politico

California: “Charges Added to LA City Councilman in Corruption Probe” by Nathan Solis for Courthouse News Service

Maryland: “Judge Sentences Former Baltimore Del. Cheryl Glenn to 2 Years, Says She ‘Sold Her Office to Pay the Bills’” by Jessica Anderson for Baltimore Sun

Lobbying

Florida: “Florida Commission on Ethics Lifts NRA Lobbyist Marion Hammer Off the Hook” by Dan Christensen for Florida Bulldog

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July 31, 2020 •

Nevada Governor Calls Second Special Session

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak

Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a formal proclamation Thursday evening calling the Nevada Legislature into a second special session amid the COVID-19 crisis. The 32nd special session is set to begin Friday, July 31, at 9:00 a.m. The policy items included […]

Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a formal proclamation Thursday evening calling the Nevada Legislature into a second special session amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The 32nd special session is set to begin Friday, July 31, at 9:00 a.m.

The policy items included for consideration include criminal and social justice policy reform, and protections from coronavirus for Nevadans.

Additionally, removal of statutory barriers impeding the work of Nevada’s unemployment insurance program, and alternative dispute resolution measures in cases of rental evictions will be discussed.

According to the proclamation, the session should end no later than 11:59 p.m. Aug. 7, though the language is not binding.

Lawmakers can work past that date.

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July 31, 2020 •

Virginia Special Session to Convene on August 18

VA Gov. Ralph Northam

VA Gov. Ralph Northam - by Mark Warner

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam  announced a special session of the General Assembly to convene on August 18. The special session will focus on adopting a biennial budget based on the revised revenue forecast. Lawmakers are also expected to consider legislation […]

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam  announced a special session of the General Assembly to convene on August 18.

The special session will focus on adopting a biennial budget based on the revised revenue forecast.

Lawmakers are also expected to consider legislation regarding COVID-19 and criminal and social justice reforms.

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July 31, 2020 •

Ask the Experts – Disclosing Contributions on the LD-203

Here is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal Communications, Inc.

Rebecca South
Federal Compliance Associate Rebecca South

Q: What contributions am I required to disclose on the Semi-annual LD-203 contribution report?

A: Though much focus is placed on the PAC and political contributions that must be disclosed on the LD-203, there are four (4) additional categories of reportable expenditures.  Below is an overview of all the expenditures required to be tracked and reported by employer registrants and individual lobbyists:

FECA (Federal Election Campaign Act)

  • Contributions (including in-kind) of $200 or more (in the aggregate) to any Federal candidate or officeholder, leadership PAC, or political party committee (such as the RNC or DNC).   For an employer report, this involves listing contributions from the company’s associated PAC.  FECA contributions tend to be the most common type reported but do not represent full disclosure when other reportable expenditures exist.

HONORARY

  • An expenditure of any amount made to an entity established, financed, maintained, or controlled by a covered legislative branch official or covered executive branch official, or an entity designated by such official.  Of note, this can include donations made to charitable organizations and other non-profit entities.
  • An expenditure of any amount made to pay the cost of an event to honor or recognize a covered legislative branch official or covered executive branch official.  The purchase of a table or ticket to another entity’s event, in and of itself, is not sufficient to be considered “paying the cost” of the event.
  • An expenditure of any amount made to an entity named for a covered legislative branch official or to a person or entity in recognition of such official.

MEETING

  • An expenditure of any amount made for a meeting, retreat, conference, or other similar event held by, or in the name of, one or more covered legislative branch officials or covered executive branch officials.

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY and/or INAUGURAL COMMITTEE

  • Contributions of $200 or more to any presidential library foundation and/or presidential inaugural committee made by an individual or employer (including from employer’s PAC) during the reporting period.

You can directly submit questions for this feature, and we will select those most appropriate and answer them here. Send your questions to: marketing@stateandfed.com.

(We are always available to answer questions from clients that are specific to your needs, and we encourage you to continue to call or e-mail us with questions about your particular company or organization. As always, we will confidentially and directly provide answers or information you need.) Our replies to your questions are not legal advice. Instead, these replies represent our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.

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July 30, 2020 •

House Votes to Remove Speaker Larry Householder

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In a morning session without debate, lawmakers voted unanimously to remove Larry Householder from the position as Ohio House speaker, though he retains his seat in the Legislature. Nine members, including Householder, were absent. Householder was arrested July 22 and […]

In a morning session without debate, lawmakers voted unanimously to remove Larry Householder from the position as Ohio House speaker, though he retains his seat in the Legislature.

Nine members, including Householder, were absent.

Householder was arrested July 22 and formally indicted today in connection with a $60 million federal racketeering case related to House Bill 6, Ohio’s new nuclear bailout law.

Additionally, republicans are in the process of selecting a new speaker and representatives interested in succeeding Householder include Rick Carfagna, Robert Cupp, Timothy Ginter, and Speaker Pro Tem Jim Butler.

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