May 23, 2019 •

Washington Gov. Signs Bill Extending Workplace Code of Conduct to Lobbyists

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

On May 21, 2019, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5861. The bill extends respectful workplace code of conduct provisions to all members of the legislative community. Effective July 28, 2019, Senate Bill 5861 requires The Chief Clerk of the […]

On May 21, 2019, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5861.

The bill extends respectful workplace code of conduct provisions to all members of the legislative community.

Effective July 28, 2019, Senate Bill 5861 requires The Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate to develop a training course based on the legislative code of conduct and any policies adopted by either chamber.

Lobbyists will be required to attest to reading and completing the training course when filing a lobbyist registration statement with the Public Disclosure Commission.

Lobbyists currently registered are required to update registration materials to include the attestation by December 31, 2019.

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April 29, 2019 •

NYCU Video Digest – April 29, 20198

More ethics and campaign finance changes happening at the state level. Check out which states are making moves in today’s NYCU Video Digest!  

More ethics and campaign finance changes happening at the state level. Check out which states are making moves in today’s NYCU Video Digest!

 

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April 29, 2019 •

Washington Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Washington Legislature adjourned sine die April 28. During the 105-day legislative session, lawmakers passed House Bill 1195 amending the definitions of commercial advertiser and independent expenditure. House Bill 1195 requires independent expenditures to be reported electronically with the Public […]

The Washington Legislature adjourned sine die April 28.

During the 105-day legislative session, lawmakers passed House Bill 1195 amending the definitions of commercial advertiser and independent expenditure.

House Bill 1195 requires independent expenditures to be reported electronically with the Public Disclosure Commission if the aggregate value of similar expenditures from the same source exceeds $1,000.

The Legislature also passed House Bill 1379 raising the threshold for identifying and disclosing the top five contributors of a political advertisement sponsored by a political committee from $700 to $1,000.

House Bill 1379 requires political advertisements to disclose the sponsor’s top five contributors and if any are political committees the sponsor must also disclose the top three donors to those contributors.

The bills have been delivered to the Gov. Jay Inslee to sign, veto part of it, or veto all of it.

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March 29, 2018 •

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Partially Vetoes then Signs Campaign Finance Bill

Gov. Jay Inslee partially vetoed and signed into law a bill addressing campaign finance reporting and enforcement requirements. The governor vetoed provisions in House Bill 2938 relating to independent expenditure reporting and special reporting requirements for large contributors. Signed into […]

Gov. Jay Inslee partially vetoed and signed into law a bill addressing campaign finance reporting and enforcement requirements.

The governor vetoed provisions in House Bill 2938 relating to independent expenditure reporting and special reporting requirements for large contributors.

Signed into law are provisions in the bill limiting the attorney general’s enforcement jurisdiction to matters referred from the Public Disclosure Commission, as well as provisions amending filing procedures for citizen’s enforcement actions.

The law takes effect June 7, 2018.

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March 21, 2018 •

Washington Passes Law Requiring Disclosure from Nonprofits Engaged in Political Campaigns

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the DISCLOSE Act, a law requiring certain nonprofit organizations to file organizational statements and periodic disclosure statements with the Public Disclosure Commission. Under the new law, these organizations will be required to disclose […]

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the DISCLOSE Act, a law requiring certain nonprofit organizations to file organizational statements and periodic disclosure statements with the Public Disclosure Commission.

Under the new law, these organizations will be required to disclose the top 10 donors whose contributions aggregate to $10,000 or more in the calendar year if the nonprofit expects to make contributions or expenditures that aggregate to at least $25,000 in any calendar year in Washington state election campaigns, including ballot initiatives.

The DISCLOSE Act goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

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March 12, 2018 •

Washington Legislature Adjourns

The Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die on March 8. House Bill 2938, which increases penalties for campaign finance violations, and Senate Bill 5991, which requires nonprofit organizations that participate in political campaigns to file organizational statements and periodic disclosure […]

The Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die on March 8.

House Bill 2938, which increases penalties for campaign finance violations, and Senate Bill 5991, which requires nonprofit organizations that participate in political campaigns to file organizational statements and periodic disclosure statements, have passed both chambers are on the governor’s desk.

Gov. Jay Inslee has 20 days from the days he received these bills to sign or veto the bills.

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February 9, 2018 •

Facebook Accused of Not Complying with Seattle, Washington Political Advertisement Law

The Seattle Ethics and Election Commission accused Facebook of not complying with a city political advertisement disclosure law. The law requires companies selling political ads to disclose information about advertisement buys, including information on the exact nature and extent of […]

The Seattle Ethics and Election Commission accused Facebook of not complying with a city political advertisement disclosure law.

The law requires companies selling political ads to disclose information about advertisement buys, including information on the exact nature and extent of such advertisements and names and addresses of purchasers.

Facebook provided records at the request of the Ethics and Election Commission, but those records were inadequate, according to the Ethics and Election Commission.

Facebook could be liable for up to $5,000 per violation.

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January 9, 2018 •

Spokane, Washington City Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto of Campaign Finance Law

With a 6-1 vote, Spokane, Washington City Council overrode Mayor David Condon’s veto of a campaign finance reform ordinance. The new ordinance will cut in half the maximum allowable donation to candidates, from $1,000 to $500. Additional changes include a […]

With a 6-1 vote, Spokane, Washington City Council overrode Mayor David Condon’s veto of a campaign finance reform ordinance.

The new ordinance will cut in half the maximum allowable donation to candidates, from $1,000 to $500.

Additional changes include a pay-to-play provision to prohibit contributions from contractors, a restriction on when contributions may be received, and a requirement to disclose a committee’s top donors.

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January 2, 2018 •

Spokane, Washington Mayor to Veto Campaign Finance Ordinance

Spokane, Washington Mayor David Condon announced he is vetoing a campaign finance law passed by City Council on December 18. The Mayor issued a statement expressing concerns the law would not stand up to constitutional challenges, leaving the city vulnerable […]

Spokane, Washington Mayor David Condon announced he is vetoing a campaign finance law passed by City Council on December 18.

The Mayor issued a statement expressing concerns the law would not stand up to constitutional challenges, leaving the city vulnerable to expensive litigation.

Moreover, he argued campaign finance reform is better managed at the state level through the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission to avoid redundant oversight.

City Council could override the veto with five votes.

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December 19, 2017 •

Spokane, Washington Passes Local Campaign Finance Reform Laws

Spokane, Washington City Council passed a campaign finance reform ordinance on December 18. The new ordinance will cut in half the maximum allowable donation to candidates, from $1,000 to $500. Additional changes include pay-to-play provisions and election cycle contribution restrictions. […]

Spokane, Washington City Council passed a campaign finance reform ordinance on December 18.

The new ordinance will cut in half the maximum allowable donation to candidates, from $1,000 to $500.

Additional changes include pay-to-play provisions and election cycle contribution restrictions.

The new rules are scheduled to take effect January 17, 2018.

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November 8, 2017 •

Seattle Elects New Mayor

Jenny Durkan is expected to defeat Cary Moon and become Seattle’s next mayor. With 39 percent of the vote tallied, Durkan captured 61 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Durkan is a former U.S. Attorney General and Seattle’s first female […]

Jenny Durkan is expected to defeat Cary Moon and become Seattle’s next mayor.

With 39 percent of the vote tallied, Durkan captured 61 percent of the vote Tuesday night.

Durkan is a former U.S. Attorney General and Seattle’s first female mayor since the 1920s.

Photo of Jenny Durkan By Dennis Bratland via Wikimedia Commons

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September 19, 2017 •

Seattle City Council Selects City’s Third Mayor in Less Than a Week

The Seattle City Council has chosen Councilman Tim Burgess to replace Council President Bruce Harrell as temporary mayor of the city to serve the next 71 days till a newly elected mayor is set to take charge. Harrell became mayor […]

The Seattle City Council has chosen Councilman Tim Burgess to replace Council President Bruce Harrell as temporary mayor of the city to serve the next 71 days till a newly elected mayor is set to take charge.

Harrell became mayor after additional allegations of sexual abuse came out against Ed Murray.

The city charter allowed Harrell to vacate the position after five days if he did not wish to continue to serve as mayor.

The November mayoral election results will be certified November 28.

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September 14, 2017 •

Seattle Mayor Resigns after Another Victim Speaks Out

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned after his cousin stepped forward as the fifth man to accuse Murray publicly of sexually abusing him as a minor. After the accusations of sexual abuse earlier this year, Murray denied wrongdoing but announced he […]

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned after his cousin stepped forward as the fifth man to accuse Murray publicly of sexually abusing him as a minor.

After the accusations of sexual abuse earlier this year, Murray denied wrongdoing but announced he would not seek reelection.

City Councilman Bruce Harrell will become mayor and has five days to decide whether to fill out the remainder of Murray’s term.

Photo of Seattle City Hall By SounderBruce via Wikimedia Commons

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July 24, 2017 •

Washington Legislature Adjourns Special Session

On July 20, the Washington Legislature adjourned its third special session sine die. Lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on a budget bill due to negotiations breaking down on a water-rights bill that was tied to the budget. Gov. Jay […]

On July 20, the Washington Legislature adjourned its third special session sine die.

Lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on a budget bill due to negotiations breaking down on a water-rights bill that was tied to the budget.

Gov. Jay Inslee indicated that he would not call lawmakers back for another overtime session unless they have a firm plan that will lead to a vote on the capital budget.

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