4-30 political law links

SUPREMES ON SOLICITATION RULE.  NPR.  “Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s four liberals in rejecting an appeal by Lanell Williams-Yulee, a lawyer who, in 2009, ran for a county court seat in Hillsborough County. Yulee mailed voters a personal letter asking for money; she also posted it online.”

NOT GUILTY PLEA.  MH.  “The former chief of staff for Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia pleaded not guilty Wednesday to secretly giving money to a suspected ringer tea-party candidate in 2010.”

IN:  PENCE TO SIGN.  IS.  “A package of ethics reforms is headed to Gov. Mike Pence — including a last-minute addition that would require lawmakers to disclose businesses in which they have a particularly large financial stake.”

NY:  LLC UPDATE.  Chron.com.  “The New York Assembly Election Law Committee has approved legislation to close the campaign finance loophole for limited liability companies.”

OR:  BILL TO FLOOR.  OR Live.  “The first of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s ethics bills is headed to the Senate floor after receiving approval from a legislative committee Tuesday.”

TX:  ETHICS BILL MOVES.  TT.  “The state Senate passed a far-reaching ethics reform bill Tuesday, voting in often odd coalitions to reveal more about the money members make, prohibit themselves from immediately becoming lobbyists, post their financial statements online and even subject themselves and all other Texas elected officials to drug testing.”


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