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Calif.’s “Mass Mailing” Rule Amended by SB 45 - Certain Government-Funded Mailings Prohibited 60 Days Before an Election

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Two changes were made to the California Political Reform Act when Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 45 last month. The first is a technical amendment that codifies the FPPC regulations directly into the Act. More importantly,...more

Municipal Legal News

by Dickinson Wright on

On September 21, Governor Snyder signed a package of bills (2016 PA 281-283) that significantly expands the types of medical marijuana facilities permitted under state law, and establishes a licensing scheme similar to the...more

Under the Dome Special Edition: 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

We are pleased to share our 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws enacted during the Second Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature, which adjourned sine die April 29, 2016. We provide you this summary to help you stay...more

California Court Interprets Stockton's Term Limit Non-Cumulatively to Allow Repeat Runners

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A California appellate court affirmed that the “two term” term limit provision in the City of Stockton’s Charter was non-cumulative rather than cumulative. Consequently, a person may serve as city council member for two...more

NLRB Continues to Tweak its Election Procedures; Announces New “Captive Audience” Rule in Mail Ballot Cases

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The National Labor Relations Board conducts representation elections by manual voting, where voters cast their ballots in a voting booth, by mail voting, where voters mail their ballots to an NLRB regional office, or a...more

"FEC Dismisses Wal-Mart PAC Match Case"

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently dismissed a complaint filed against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its political action committee (PAC), finding that Wal-Mart's 2-for-1 PAC match program did not violate federal...more

New California Law May Require Public Agencies to Change Regular Election Dates

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Senate Bill 415 applies to cities, counties, school districts and other special districts that have a regular election date that is different from the statewide primary or general election (June and November of even-numbered...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. July State Revenue Over Projection - Due to higher than anticipated revenues generated by...more

Georgia Election Schedule: Timeline For Local SPLOST Imposition and Bond Issuances

by Butler Snow LLP on

Local government entities in Georgia such as cities, counties, and school systems (each referred to herein as a “Local Entity”) have multiple reasons to present a question to voters through a referendum. For example, to start...more

Michigan Governor Signs Law Eliminating February Regular Elections

by Miller Canfield on

Michigan Governor Snyder signed a series of bills on June 30, 2015 amending the Michigan Election Law. The legislation eliminates the regular election date on the fourth Tuesday in February, as well as the March election in...more

Supreme Court Decides Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistrict Commission, No. 13-1314, holding that a State legislature has standing to challenge a State constitutional amendment...more

Supreme Court Upholds Authority of Redistricting Commissions

This morning in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (“IRC”). The U.S....more

See You In Court – May 2015

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Seymour Dollars, the irascible Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of Finance, gave the Board of Education a very hard time throughout the entire budget process this year. He questioned the Board down to the minutest detail of...more

Africa Update - November 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

The Inspector of Elections–A Refresher

Of all the items on a company’s annual meeting checklist, the role of the inspector of elections gets perhaps the least attention. Fortunately, this function requires little attention or supervision most of the time....more

2014 Comprehensive Report

by K&L Gates LLP on

Historically, the “Short Session” of the North Carolina General Assembly focuses on state budget corrections and adjustments. Frequently, legislators will also work on additional legislation while they are in Raleigh. This...more

Recapping Minnesota's Primary Election

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Minnesota’s Primary Election was held yesterday, Tuesday, August 12. This was the busiest primary election Minnesota has seen in many years as more Republicans chose to buck the party endorsement process and let voters decide...more

Indonesia’s Presidential Elections Dispute and Idul Fitri 2014 – Are You and Your Company Prepared?

by Reed Smith on

On July 9, within just a few hours of the polls closing in the tightly contested presidential election in the world’s third-largest democracy – the Republic of Indonesia – the only two contestants running had claimed victory....more

FEC Approves Bitcoin Political Donations While SEC Issues Investor Alert

On May 8, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously affirmed in an advisory opinion that political committees (including candidate campaigns and political action committees) could legally accept small bitcoin...more

Weekly Update from the State House - April 17, 2014: While the House was on furlough this week, the Senate focused on discussions...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Details from Each Chamber: - HOUSE ..The House was on furlough this week and will convene at noon on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. - SENATE ..The Senate worked through the uncontested Calendar...more

Last Week at the FEC: Audit Reports, Budgets, and Strategic Planning

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but released an additional draft Advisory Opinion in AO 2014-01, Solano County Democratic Central Committee, extended its time for consideration of AO 2014-02, Make Your...more

Compliance Corner: Contribution Attribution and Federal Primary Dates for 2014

by Holland & Knight LLP on

With 2014 being a federal election year, and primary elections occurring during a span of just six quick months, it is important to keep an eye on the dates of those primaries when making political contributions to avoid a...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends March 3, 2014

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Below is a recap of the last two weeks’ election law news and hot topics. The big news, which has been expected for several months now, is that Governor Jerry Brown will seek re-election. California Gov. Jerry Brown...more

Michigan Election Law Amendments Will Require Ballot Language to be Certified Two Weeks Earlier than Previously Required

by Miller Canfield on

Recent changes to the Michigan Election Law will require municipalities and school districts to certify ballot language two weeks earlier than previously required. Michigan Public Act 253 of 2013, which amends the...more

(Double) Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends February 17 and 24, 2014

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California campaign finance reporting bills on verge of governor’s desk by Merced Sun-Star - February 20 – A campaign finance reform bill has pass the State legislature and is awaiting Governor Brown’s determination. ...more

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