E-News from State and Federal
You can consider this Silver Anniversary—Part One.
On July 1st, State and Federal Communications, Inc.
will celebrate its 25th anniversary. WOW! That is a
long, long time and I have been here every minute of
We are going to take the opportunity to celebrate
this event in Akron, Ohio and in Washington, DC and
I hope you can all join us.
Feel free to respond to this email and I will make
sure you receive an invitation. We are looking
forward to opening our doors to all of our clients
and friends around the country.
Thank you…Thank you for always relying on our
quality services and knowing we are here to make
sure government affairs world a lot easier.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
Bartz Named in OMNIKAL’s 100 Top
Women Owned Businesses in Ohio
Publication Sales and Marketing Associate
Ms. Elizabeth Z. Bartz was honored May 24
at the OMNIKAL 18th National Business Summit
as one of the “100 Top Women Owned
Businesses in Ohio”. OMNIKAL.com chooses
award recipients based on growth strategies
from top entrepreneurs and executives; State
and Federal Communications was named 75th on
the list and named first on the list of
companies based in Akron. Bartz
states, “Being ranked highly with other
leading businesses across Ohio is an
accomplishment we are all proud of at State
and Federal Communications. We are honored
to be recognized as a thriving company,
making a difference in our community!”
We Now Have
for Your Government Relations Activities in …
Does your company do
business in Europe? Do you sometimes wonder
what the political compliance laws are in
Europe? We’ve done the research, and we have
answers for you!
European lobbying and
political contributions are increasingly a
part of the political decision-making
process and thus part of the legislative
process. Our newest online publication,
“I COMPLY European
Political Compliance Laws”
provides a clear, systematic and up-to-date
picture of the vast and dynamic industry of
public affairs lobbying in Europe.
The new publication
covers Republic of Ireland, European Union,
United Kingdom, and our newest addition,
The publication is now
available for sale, exclusively in 2018 for
our current clients only that are using our
other publications. For ordering
information, visit our ordering website
page, or contact our publications sales
Our objective is to equip
you and your organization with information
on how to comply with political rules and
regulations for lobbying in the European
Political Compliance Reporting in the
Publication Sales and Marketing Associate
With State and Federal
Communications' new I
COMPLY publication covering the European region, our
President and CEO, Elizabeth Z. Bartz, is continuing
the mission to promote the growing international
need for knowing and understanding the complex
compliance rules and regulations around this field.
June 1, she presented a speech titled, “Compliance
Challenges in a New Era: Political Law” in Brussels,
Belgium at the 5th Annual Interel Global Public
Affairs Summit to an audience of government
relations professionals. Her presentation showed
that with the political law and transparency
compliance regulations increasing in the U.S.,
Europe, and beyond, the global public affairs
profession must meet growing demands by both clients
and the general public.
She was joined in her
presentation by another speaker covering the newly
introduced General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that are impacting e-marketing and
email programs, and other areas, to round out a
compliance focused education for public affairs
professionals in a new era.
If you would like to
learn more about our ‘I COMPLY European Compliance
Laws’ publication, please contact us.
Oklahoma Amends State Ethics Rules
Katlin Newman, J.D.,
February, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission submitted the 2018 Promulgated
Ethics Rules to the governor and both houses of the Legislature. By joint
resolution, lawmakers rejected several proposed rule amendments, including
those prohibiting certain state officers and agency directors from lobbying
after leaving state service. Gov. Mary Fallin agreed with the decision,
claiming the commission lacks the authority to prohibit employment
opportunities for private citizens, including former state employees.
Surviving amendments to the ethics rules that were not rejected by lawmakers
became effective May 3, upon adjournment of the Legislature.
One rule change affects both lobbying and campaign finance
documents electronically filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Documents required to be filed electronically must be filed on the day
specified, even if the due date falls on a weekend, holiday, or day the
commission offices are closed. If a due date for a document not required to
be filed electronically falls on a day other than a business day, the
document may be filed on the next succeeding business day.
The amendments also make minor changes to several campaign
finance requirements. The name, address, occupation, and employer are now
required to be disclosed for all individual contributors, unless the
contribution is anonymous. Another amendment confirms the prohibition on
corporate contributions for golf fundraisers applies only to contributions
to political party committees, limited committees, and candidate committees.
The prohibition does not apply to contributions to unlimited committees.
Clarifying language has also been added to the rules for limited liability
company and partnership contributions. Any committee receiving a
contribution from an LLC or partnership is required to report the
contribution by attributing it to the individual member or partner in
proportion to the individual’s ownership interests in the LLC or
Though many of the rule amendments are inconsequential and
are merely the by-product of the commission’s effort to tidy up existing
ethics laws, PACs will be pleased to find new rules regarding contributions
to candidates. Changes to Rule 2.33 and Rule 2.34 remove the prohibitions on
limited committee contributions to candidates after the general election if
the limited committee contributed prior to the general election. Therefore,
a limited committee may now make contributions both before and after the
general election, provided the PAC’s aggregate contributions to a candidate
committee do not exceed contribution limits.
[The details for this article have been updated on our website in
the Contributions and the Registration and Reports Required sections of
Political Contributions Compliance Laws for Oklahoma.]
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq., Research
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA:
Amendments to the Lobbyists Registration Act (LRA) have come into
force. Former public office holders are prohibited from lobbying, in
relation to any matter, for a period of two years after the date of
leaving office. Covered public officials include members of the
Executive Council, individuals employed in the members’ offices, and
parliamentary secretaries. Covered officials also include
individuals who formerly occupied senior executive positions in a
ministry, associate deputy ministers, assistant deputy ministers,
and persons in a position of comparable rank in a ministry. The
legislation also increased the reporting requirements for consultant
lobbyists and senior officers of organizations. In addition to
reporting the names of ministers and members of the Legislative
Assembly lobbied or expected to be lobbied, the reports must now
include, if applicable, the names of the ministers’ and members’
staff lobbied or expected to be lobbied.
The Constitution Revision Commission voted to place a six-year
revolving door restriction directly on the November general election
ballot. Proposal 6007 would also ban state and local officials from
lobbying the Legislature, executive branch, and the federal
government while in office. If approved by 60 percent of voters, the
lobbying ban will take effect December 31, 2022. The proposal would
also prohibit public officials from abusing their position to obtain
a disproportionate benefit. The Commission on Ethics will be
responsible for defining the term disproportionate benefit,
prescribing the requisite intent for finding a violation, and
enforcing the prohibition against the abuse of a public position.
The new ethics rule will take effect December 31, 2020, if passed by
60 percent of voters.
Gov. Larry Hogan signed legislation involving sexual harassment.
House Bill 1342 bans lobbyists from sexually harassing a member,
employee, intern, or page of the General Assembly, an employee of
the Department of Legal Services, an official or employee of the
executive branch, or an individual regulated lobbyist. Additionally,
a lobbyist may report a violation of antiharassment policy and
procedures by a member of the General Assembly to the State Ethics
Commission. The bill is effective immediately, however, the
provisions involving lobbyists will not be effective until July 1,
NEW YORK: The
Joint Commission on Public
Ethics (JCOPE) adopted Part 943, commonly referred to as the
Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations. The adopted regulations compile
existing guidelines and advisory opinions regarding rules and
requirements related to lobbying. For example, the adopted revised
rules include an online ethics training requirement for lobbyists
and provide further clarification regarding reportable expenses
attributable to social media activities and grassroots lobbying. The
rules were originally introduced in 2016 and have gone through
several revisions before becoming effective on January 1, 2019.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Gov. Dennis
Daugaard recently signed several campaign finance bills into law.
Senate Bill 8 requires aggregate contributions to be treated as a
single contribution with respect to contribution limits. House Bill
1002 changes the definition of ballot question committee to
clarify ballot question committees include groups opposing the
placement of ballot questions on the ballot. Senate Bill 128 makes
changes to the procedure for ballot question committees filing
termination reports. Under the new law, if a statewide ballot
question committee does not list any activity on the next required
campaign finance report submitted to the secretary of state, the
committee has until the next reporting period to report activity. If
the committee does not have any activity to report by the next
reporting period, the committee must submit a termination report by
the reporting period deadline. House Bill 1002 and Senate Bill 128
are both effective July 1. Senate Bill 8 is effective January 1,
Legislation We Are
At any given time, more than 1,000
legislative bills, which can affect how you do business as a government
affairs professional, are being discussed in federal, state, and local
jurisdictions. These bills are summarized in State and Federal
Communications' digital encyclopedias for lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying and can be found in the client
portion of our website.
Summaries of major bills are also included
in monthly email updates sent to all clients. The chart below shows the
number of bills we are tracking in regard to lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying.
Number of Jurisdictions
W E B S I T E
T I P
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Federal Communications’ Experts Answer Your Questions
is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal
Communications, Inc. Send your questions to
(Of course, we have always been available to answer
questions from clients that are specific to your needs, and
we encourage you to continue to call or email us with
questions about your particular company or organization. As
always, we will confidentially and directly provide answers
or information you need.) Our replies are not legal advice,
just our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.
My employer makes corporate contributions in
California. We have not yet exceeded $10,000 in calendar
year 2018. The primary election and special elections are
taking place, along with the general election in the fall.
If we decide to make contributions, when do we have a late
contribution report due?
California “Late Contribution Report” [Form 497], sometimes
referred to as the “24-hour report” is due during the 90-day
period preceding any election if all of the following
criteria are met:
The contribution is $1,000 or more, or multiple
contributions aggregating $1,000 or more, to a single
candidate, ballot measure committee, or political
party. This includes non-monetary and in-kind
Read the full article here
For more information, be sure to check out the “Registration
and Reports Required” section of the U.S. Political
Contributions Compliance Laws online publication for
California. Please feel free to contact us if you have any
Nola R. Werren, Esq., Client
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State and Federal
State and Federal
shares the excitement of our former interns who
have now graduated from University.
We have had an
internship program for many years.
Their focus is varied depending on the
they are assigned. This past May we had
of our former interns graduate.
We are excited and proud of their success.
Olivia Williams and Zachary Koozer
on this great milestone.
Olivia Williams on
at Kent State University.
Zack Koozer with
his fellow Kent State University Alumni,
Elizabeth Z. Bartz and Helen Bartz Daley.
State and Federal Communications, Inc.
we celebrated the anniversaries of four staff
members - Nola R. Werren, Esq., Lisa Stutzman,
Craig Swanson, and [not pictured-Nicolette Bartz
We appreciate our hard-working staff.
Always happy to support our local AA
Baseball Team - The Akron Rubber Ducks.
We congratulate the team and Ken Babby, their owner, on another
Plan to say hello at future
events where State and Federal
will be attending and/or
speaking regarding compliance issues.
BIO Convention, Boston, MA
Public Affairs Council Media and Advocacy Summit,
Akron Roundtable, Akron, OH
Women in Government; National Legislative Conference,
San Francisco, CA
CSG Midwestern Legislative Annual Meeting, Manitoba,
National Governors Association 2018 Summer Meeting,
Sante Fe, New Mexico
Akron Roundtable, Akron, OH
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