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Oklahoma retailers say decreased shoplifting penalties approved by voters have led to a trend of targeted thefts, and they want lawmakers to fix it. Before State Question 780, a third shoplifting conviction was a felony, regardless of the stolen goods' value the first two times. Patrick Gaines with the Oklahoma ...
GEDULDIG FORMALIZES PARTNERSHIP WITH DEMOCRATIC Lobbyists: Sam Geduldig, a partner at CGCN Group, is formalizing a partnership with four Democratic Lobbyists by launching a new firm called United by Interest. CGCN, a Republican lobbying shop, had struck up an informal alliance last ...

Pennsylvania Lobbyists now have some new rules to live by as they go about their business of trying to influence state government policymakers. Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill that modernizes the state's lobbying law by stiffening the penalty on Lobbyists who don't submit their filings in a timely fashion.
The Legislative Hall lobby room experiment is over. Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride, D-Hawk's Nest, says he has given up on his hope that Delaware's 300-plus registered Lobbyists would hang out in his conference room rather than the hallways of the state capitol building. The door to the ...
That's what it sounds like could be in the crosshairs next month when the lobbyists of Guilford County host an afternoon of target practice for certain regional officials at U.S. Rep. Ted Budd's gun range in Rural Hall. But actually, there will be no double-barreled lobbying at the pay-as-you-go event on March ...
With legal retail sales still months away, the state's marijuana industry is already budding into a $1.5 million business for Lobbyists, thanks to a growing number of businesses and a still-heated debate over the rules that will govern them. Nearly two dozen marijuana-focused companies and industry groups ...

Several contract Lobbyists work the floors at the Capitol on behalf of state agencies and universities. Last year, state agencies paid contract Lobbyists at least $360,000, according to the 2017 Lobbyists' financial and clients reports filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office. Lobbyist Trey Bobinger, for ...
Scott, Thanks for your column, "My daughter is beautiful. She doesn't need 'retouching.'" It happened to us, too. My daughter has a beauty mark on her cheek. Without any input from us, the company that took her senior-year picture photo-shopped it out. Our daughter was in disbelief! She was like: "That's ...
But the bill's sponsors acknowledge that the hefty fee -- which could rise to as much as $500 -- is intended to restrict the pass to those who most often visit the building, such as Lobbyists and citizen activists. Right now, lawmakers, legislative staff, state employees and reporters with offices in the Capitol are ...
WASHINGTON - lobbyists from the pipeline and power sectors told Congress Thursday more action needs to be taken to encourage companies to build energy infrastructure in this country. During a hearing before the Senate Energy and natural resources Committee, Don Santa, president of the Interstate ...
industry lobbyists for cotton and dairy say safety-net fixes are nearing. Key industry lobbyists told the Hagstrom Report they believe there will be fixes to the problems in the cotton and dairy programs in the package of appropriations and disaster funding that Senate leaders are working on. An unnamed ...
Look up a bill on the Iowa Legislature's website, and you might notice a nifty link alongside the text of the bill. Click "Lobbyist Declarations," and you will get a list of which Lobbyists have been talking to lawmakers about that bill. Turns out that legislators in New Mexico are not keen on taking a step in that ...
Key lobbyists for the cotton and dairy industry have told The Hagstrom Report they believe there will be fixes to the problems in the cotton and dairy programs in the package of appropriations and disaster funding Senate leaders are working on. "I do think there is increasing optimism they can get the budget ...
Any California registered lobbyist found to have committed sexual harassment could be banned from similar work for up to four years under a plan introduced on Tuesday at the state Capitol. "We need to protect people throughout the Capitol community from harassment and hold perpetrators accountable," ...
Legislation passed by the Missouri House last month banning most gifts from Lobbyists has been altered by a Senate committee. The original version would ban all gifts except plants, flowers, and catered events in which all state lawmakers and elected officials are invited. Now, the bill would allow ...
To field those questions, Santee Cooper has hired two outside Lobbyists, on top of the two it employs in-house. The hired help this year includes Fred Allen, a longtime political consultant for the utility, and Dwight Drake, a partner at the big South Carolina-based law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.
The move would threaten to effectively place Lobbyists -- as if they don't already have a mountain of sway in Lansing -- in a position to approve or reject any actions taken by a state agency charged with protecting our natural resources. Readers need look no further than Sunday's Record-Eagle for ...

A waiting period for legislators to become lobbyists is a logical step in any ongoing movement to incorporate more transparency into state government. Politicians already have difficulty gaining the trust of constituents. Too many citizens take a dim view of what happens after votes are cast and lawmakers ...
More than $1 million was spent lobbying last year on failed legislation that would have fast-tracked construction of a new Clippers arena in Inglewood, according to state lobbying disclosures released this week. The legislation, Senate Bill 789 from Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), would have carved out exemptions from ...
About 10 PhaRMA Lobbyists flooded the room in Baton Rouge's art deco state Capitol, some of them hired guns--Lobbyists who'd never represented drug companies before--remembers Jeff Drozda, an insurance lobbyist at the 2016 meeting. "The message was: We're going to bring everything at you ...
"We spend about less than 35 cents per member on lobbying costs," said Tara May, chief communications officer for PERA who oversees the Lobbyists. "We've got a critical legislative session ahead of us. We've got a lot of work that we need to accomplish this session". The legislature will try to find a way to ...
"We Must Engage With Industry" - WHO Director Explains Limits On Lobbyists. 31/01/2018 by Catherine Saez, intellectual Property Watch Leave a Comment ...
The (trillion-dollar) question that remains for Lobbyists (and Congress) is how the infrastructure project gets funded. In Tuesday night's speech, Trump called for $1.5 trillion in funding, up from a previous request for $1 trillion. "I'm not sure if that increase … means that there's additional federal dollars or that ...
Des Moines, Iowa -- Iowans gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday as One Iowa hosted its annual LGBTQ Day on the Hill. activists lobbied against conversion therapy and for expanding protection against hate crimes. The day is very important to people like Sophia Stone. "This is my community, this is ...
Sexual harassment legislation passed last year is weak when it comes to requiring Lobbyists to cooperate with investigations, according to two representatives of the Illinois secretary of state's inspector general's office. Inspector General Jim Burns and Deputy Inspector General Randy Blue spoke before the ...
Topeka -- Kansas lawmakers and many other state officials would be prohibited from becoming registered Lobbyists in Kansas within one year after leaving public service, under a bill being considered in a House committee. House Minority Leader Jim Ward, D-Wichita, who is also a candidate for governor ...
Oklahoma City -- Nearly every Oklahoma state agency has a legislative liaison on staff whose job is to meet with lawmakers, present ideas and discuss pending legislation. A proposal by Sen. Rob Standridge, however, would replace that job with an employee of the Legislature, an internal auditor ...
But attorneys who write bills, Lobbyists tracking the bills down and the public following along all have their internet access regulated by a policy from the Department of technology Services while they're at the Capitol or other executive branch buildings across the state. These restrictions block alcohol ...
Disgraced Presidents Club chairman David Meller has also been a leading Conservative Friends of Israel figure. (The Edge Foundation). Current and former trustees of a "men only" club at the heart of a sexual harassment scandal unfolding in the UK have deep ties to the Israel lobby, The Electronic ...
Scott's discussion with CoreCivic lobbyists came during conferences hosted by the National Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association. Records show that his schedule also included a 15-minute meeting with Reynolds American, the nation's second-largest tobacco company.
For the first time since 2007, the number of registered Lobbyists along with federal lobbying expenditures went up, reversing annual declines in both registrations and spending that began a decade ago. In all, $3.34 billion was spent on federal lobbying last year, up 6 percent from $3.15 billion a year ago.
In the first few weeks of the Tennessee General Assembly's 2018 session, Republican legislators have already signaled that they'll file more anti-LGBT legislation this year. There are currently two iterations of a bathroom bill being floated in the legislature. Sen. Mark Pody has said he may revise a ...
silicon valley has a diversity problem. Sexism and racism are everywhere in the technology sector, and it's time to put an end to it. The Internet Association, a lobbying group for some of the biggest names in tech (think Amazon, Airbnb, Uber, facebook, Google and twitter) has promised to hire a new ...
Google for the first time spent more than any other company in 2017 to influence Washington, highlighting both the sprawling reach of the country's thriving tech industry and the rising concern by regulators and lawmakers of its ascendance. All told, the search giant broke its own record by allocating more ...
Each January, as lawmakers return to Sacramento from three months in their hometowns, hundreds of Lobbyists and staff members join them at The Park nightclub near the Capitol to sip Moscow Mules, puff on cigars and catch up with old friends and frenemies. For more than a decade, the extravagant ...
Birmingham spending $100,000 on Lobbyists for Legion Field. Share. Shares. Copy Link. Copy. {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! WVTM. Updated: 9:54 PM CST Jan 23, 2018. Jon Paepcke · reporter. Birmingham spending $100,000 on Lobbyists for Legion Field. Share. Shares. Copy Link. Copy.
Austin began requiring registered Lobbyists last year to give a ballpark figure for what clients pay them to woo city officials, as they must disclose on the state and federal level, after a yearslong process to close loopholes in city ethics rules. But at least 17 Lobbyists who are also lawyers refused to do so, ...
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, electronic screens post prices of Alphabet stock at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Google parent Alphabet Inc. outspent all other companies on lobbying Washington bureaucrats and politicians in 2017, a year in which it and other tech giants were hauled before ...
The mountain town known as a vacation destination pays $2,000 each month plus tax for the services of Gabriel Cisneros, who represents a short list of local governments at the state Capitol. He is just one in a small army of Lobbyists at work in Santa Fe during this year's 30-day legislative session ...
On the 45th anniversary of Roe v Wade, women's rights advocates are taking to the General Assembly offices to lobby for a range of issues. Governor Ralph Northam was among them at a morning rally. Governor Northam, who donned a pink knit hat at the Virginia Women's March over the weekend, ...
The European consumer Organisation, BEUC, has called on the European Commission to tackle unhealthy food and beverage products that still make health-related claims. The BEUC has launched a new campaign denouncing the EC's "long-standing failure" to "clear the market of bogus food claims" ...
Kansas utility and telecommunications interests are networking in the Statehouse to pull the plug on anti-robocall legislation sparked by complaints of Lawrence residents Ken and Bettie Treadway. The Treadways are not alone in expressing outrage at the escalating number of unwanted marketing ...
A new report from Public citizen, a nonpartisan government watchdog, documents more than 60 examples of lobbying groups, foreign governments and corporate interests holding parties and meetings in Trump family properties, including that beacon for Washington lobbyists, the Trump International Hotel ...
As sexual abuse, assault, harassment, and other misconduct have dominated national headlines, state capitols and Lobbyists have not escaped scrutiny. Amidst a spate of allegations and member resignations, some state legislatures and ethics commissions are taking action. While a variety of measures ...
Top Lobbyists are by far the highest paid people who work at the state Capitol, some making many times the $142,976 annual salary of Gov. Matt Bevin. The 628 Corporations and associations that pay Lobbyists to try to influence the Kentucky General Assembly are required to report exactly how much they ...
photo by stoprebnybullies org 3 Labor vs lobbyists: A Look at the Campaign to Stop Labor activist Ray Rogers hands out literature at a Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies protest last year. Photo: Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies. REBNY discounts Rogers' efforts as a union-backed initiative that's part and ...
Michelle Quist: Do you believe Lobbyists play a 'skintern' game at the Utah capitol, or will you not believe me unless I give you names? I hope legislators are careful to not make jokes based on gender. I hope party leadership grills staff and other legislators that there will be no second chances when it ...
Each January, as lawmakers return to Sacramento from three months in their hometowns, hundreds of Lobbyists and staff members join them at The Park nightclub near the Capitol to sip Moscow Mules, puff on cigars and catch up with old friends and frenemies. For more than a decade the extravagant Back ...
In a cost-cutting move to eliminate redundancy, the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency on Tuesday cut the number of Lobbyists it retains by half. Board members of the SCV Water Agency met Tuesday in the latest effort to build the new agency according to the edicts of Senate Bill 634, signed into law by ...
By far the biggest contributor among lobbyists in the new batch of reports was the Austin, Texas-based Stephen Perry, Chevron USA's state government affairs manager for Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Perry listed $183,250 in contributions. That's more than a third of the total of $521,164 in political ...


 

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