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 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.

April 9, 2020 •

Puerto Rico Delays Democratic Presidential Primary A Second Time

Puerto Rico Capitol Building

Puerto Rico delayed its Democratic presidential primary election for a second time as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The Democratic presidential primary election was originally scheduled for March 29 before Democratic Party leadership postponed the election until April 26. Then on […]

Puerto Rico delayed its Democratic presidential primary election for a second time as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The Democratic presidential primary election was originally scheduled for March 29 before Democratic Party leadership postponed the election until April 26.

Then on April 2, the Democratic presidential primary became postponed indefinitely.

However, the island’s Republican presidential primary, as well as two major local party primaries (the pro-statehood New Progressive Party and the left-leaning Popular Democratic Party) are scheduled for June 7.

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April 9, 2020 •

Indiana Lobby Registration Commission Extends First Period Activity Report Filing Deadline

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The Lobby Registration Commission is extending the first period activity report filing deadline from May 31 to July 15. First period activity reports cover the period from November 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. Any late fees imposed for reports […]

The Lobby Registration Commission is extending the first period activity report filing deadline from May 31 to July 15.

First period activity reports cover the period from November 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.

Any late fees imposed for reports filed June 1 to July 15 will be waived, but reports filed after July 15 will be subject to late fees.

The Lobby Registration Commission staff will continue to work from home in compliance with Executive Order 20-18, issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb to extend Indiana’s stay-at-home order until April 20.

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April 9, 2020 •

Colorado Lawmakers Plan to Resume Session May 18

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The Colorado General Assembly tentatively plans to return from recess on May 18. Lawmakers set the date during an April 8 meeting at the closed Capitol. They also indicated it may change depending on the status of the COVID-19 public […]

The Colorado General Assembly tentatively plans to return from recess on May 18.

Lawmakers set the date during an April 8 meeting at the closed Capitol.

They also indicated it may change depending on the status of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The General Assembly has flexibility to extend the session beyond the original May 6 adjournment date.

The timeline to resume is guided by the need to finish the state budget.

The House and Senate did not put an end date on the legislative term and continue to refine the agenda for the remainder of the session.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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April 9, 2020 •

South Carolina Legislature Unable to Agree on Spending Legislation

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On April 8, the Legislature met for a single day to approve funding legislation to ensure the state can continue operating for the next fiscal year. Despite unanimous passage in the House, debate in the Senate led to an amendment […]

On April 8, the Legislature met for a single day to approve funding legislation to ensure the state can continue operating for the next fiscal year.

Despite unanimous passage in the House, debate in the Senate led to an amendment being passed late in the afternoon after the House had adjourned.

The House and Senate also failed to come to an agreement about convening a special session later in the year after the legislative session ends on May 14.

The House will have to reconvene by the May 14 constitutional deadline or convene a special session prior to the end of the fiscal year on June 30 to avoid the state being left unable to spend money.

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April 9, 2020 •

New Jersey Governor Reschedules Primary Election Until July

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On April 8, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 120 to postpone the federal and state primary elections from June 2 to July 7. The executive order also reschedules any other election scheduled between May 13 through July 7 to […]

On April 8, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 120 to postpone the federal and state primary elections from June 2 to July 7.

The executive order also reschedules any other election scheduled between May 13 through July 7 to be held on Tuesday, July 7.

The governor postponed the election due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Additionally, postponement will allow state officials time to determine whether in-person voting can be held or if the election should be held by vote-by-mail.

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April 9, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Colorado: “Colorado Election Officials Take Aggressive New Approach to Policing Campaign Violations” by Sandra Fish for Colorado Sun Elections National: “Bernie Sanders Ends His Presidential Campaign” by Sean Sullivan and Chelsea Janes for Washington Post Florida: “Federal Judge […]

Campaign Finance

Colorado: “Colorado Election Officials Take Aggressive New Approach to Policing Campaign Violations” by Sandra Fish for Colorado Sun

Elections

National: “Bernie Sanders Ends His Presidential Campaign” by Sean Sullivan and Chelsea Janes for Washington Post

Florida: “Federal Judge Expands Voting Decision to Apply to All Ex-Felons in Florida” by Lori Rozsa for Washington Post

Wisconsin: “Rulings on Wisconsin Election Raise Questions About Judicial Partisanship” by Adam Liptak (New York Times) for MSN

Ethics

National: “Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Her CEO Husband Will Sell All Individual Stock Shares After Coronavirus Trade Furor” by Dan Mangan and Thomas Franck for CNBC

National: “Trump Throws ‘Wrecking Ball’ Across Federal Inspectors General” by John Donnelly for Roll Call

Ohio: “‘Coingate’ Convict Tom Noe Among Ohio Inmates Gov. Mike DeWine Wants to Release Early Amid Coronavirus Fears” by Jeremy Pelzer for Cleveland Plain Dealer

Legislative Issues

National: “Democrats Have Found a Coronavirus Bright Spot. Her Name Is Earnestine.” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg for New York Times

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April 8, 2020 •

Virginia Governor Requesting Delay of May Municipal Elections

Virginia Capitol Building - Ron Cogswell

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the June 9 primary election will be postponed until June 23 due to concerns about COVID-19. Northam has also requested the General Assembly postpone the May 5 municipal elections to coincide with the November 3 […]

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the June 9 primary election will be postponed until June 23 due to concerns about COVID-19.

Northam has also requested the General Assembly postpone the May 5 municipal elections to coincide with the November 3 general election.

The General Assembly would need to reconvene to approve such a postponement.

The postponement may also extend current local official terms of office to facilitate the election of their successors.

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April 8, 2020 •

New York Suffolk County Clerk Announces Procedures for Periodic Reports

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Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, the Suffolk County Clerk of the Legislature announced under Executive Order 202.7, lobbyists preparing periodic reports for April 15 may have their report notarized remotely. Additionally, the reports may be sent in digitally […]

Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, the Suffolk County Clerk of the Legislature announced under Executive Order 202.7, lobbyists preparing periodic reports for April 15 may have their report notarized remotely.

Additionally, the reports may be sent in digitally to meet the deadline.

If a lobbyist is unable to have their report notarized by April 15, the clerk’s office is requiring the report be submitted by the deadline.

Additionally, a notarized copy must be provided following their submission.

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