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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

Michigan lawmakers introduced several new bills proposing fundamental changes for lobbying disclosure and gift laws. Senate Bill 963 requires lobbyists to file monthly reports instead of the current schedule of twice a year. The bill also includes a two-year revolving door […]

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The San Francisco Ethics Commission will hold a special remote meeting Friday, February 25, at 10 a.m. to discuss proposed amendments to the city’s gift and ethics laws. The meeting will focus on amendments to expand the definition of who […]

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Louisiana State Capitol

The cap for how much Louisiana’s lobbyists can spend to wine and dine public officials is edging higher July 1. With the start of the new state budget year, the limit lobbyists can spend on food and drink for state […]

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North Dakota State Capitol - By Bobak Ha'Eri

The North Dakota Ethics Commission has proposed a limited food and drink exception to the rules banning gifts between lobbyists and public officials implemented last year. The proposed rule change adds an exception for food or beverage with a value […]

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May 24, 2021  •  

Vermont Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Vermont Capitol Building

The Vermont General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 21. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 legislative session was conducted remotely. During the session, lawmakers failed to pass proposed ethics bills including House Bill 64 prohibiting gifts to legislators from […]

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Albany Skyline - by Antony-22

On October 1, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced the final draft of Advisory Opinion 20-02, providing guidance to identify the permissibility of a gift to a third party at the direction of or on behalf of a […]

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The Hawaii State Ethics Commission has rescheduled its public hearing on proposed administrative rules concerning amendments to state lobbying and gift laws for May 7. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the original date of March 19 was postponed. The proposals include: […]

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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 […]

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Hawaii Capitol Building

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission will hold a public hearing on its proposed administrative rules on March 19. These proposals will include amendments to the state lobbying and gift laws. The committee will also review changes to Title 21, addressing […]

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Baltimore City Hall

City Council President Brandon Scott introduced a proposed ordinance in an attempt to close a loophole regarding gifts to elected officials from lobbyists and persons doing business with the city. Council Bill 20-0483 will prohibit elected officials and their staff […]

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Missouri Capitol Building

Sen. Dan Hegeman, a Republican from Cosby, is sponsoring a Joint Resolution for a constitutional amendment which would ban all gifts from lobbyists or lobbyist principals. Additionally, the bill will reduce contributions made to or accepted by any candidate or […]

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Aurora Municipal Center - Jeffrey Beall

The City Council unanimously passed Ordinance 2019-26, instituting several major changes to city ethics law. The ordinance establishes an ethics board, to be staffed by an independent panel of retired judges, to investigate potential violations and conflicts of interests. Additionally, […]

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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, […]

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New Gift Laws, Campaign Finance, Elections and Ethics; four stories from around the country you don’t want to miss!  

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