Governor Spitzer Signs Ethics Reform Bill

Making good on campaign promises, Governor Eliot Spitzer signed an omnibus ethics reform bill on March 26, 2007 known as the Public Employee Ethics Reform Act of 2007. The Act contains reforms to the ethical standards that public officials must observe, and notably, the legislation creates a Public Integrity Commission, which will replace the State Ethics Commission and the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying. The legislation, with some exceptions, will take effect on April 25, 2007. Read more for a brief overview of the new legislation. Continue reading

ELEC Adopts Pay-to-Play Regulations

On March 6, 2007, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission approved proposed regulations implementing Chapter 271. With the exception of an amendment narrowing the definition of “officer,” ELEC adopted the rules as proposed. Read more for important details on coverage of non-profits and officer and director disclosure. Continue reading

Lobbyist Disclosure in NJ, NYS and NYC

As a result of the expansion in 2006 of lobbying regulation in New Jersey, many businesses that were not previously required to file disclosure reports as “lobbyist organizations” were required to file the 2006 Annual Reports with ELEC in February 2007. More deadlines await.

Read more for a list of filing deadlines for New Jersey and New York lobbyists. Continue reading

Pay-to-Play: ELEC Proposes Regulations

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission recently proposed regulations to implement P.L. 2005, c. 271 (“Chapter 271”). The Commission held a public hearing on November 21, 2006 and accepted written comments on its proposed Chapter 271 regulations up until January 5, 2007; exactly one-year after Chapter 271 was signed into law. Read more for a summary of the proposed regulations. Continue reading

NY Court Rules on Personal Liability of Candidates and Treasurers

In December 2006, the First Department of the New York State Appellate Division held that candidates and treasurers are not personally liable for public fund repayment claims under the NYC Campaign Finance Act: New York City Campaign Finance Board v. Ortiz Continue reading

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