Glenn Coffee & Associates staff works diligently to stay up-to-date on government rules and regulations, attending dozens of agency, board and commission meetings each year. Our newsletter shares the latest in ethics and administrative rules, and commentary on how it will affect your business.

Nov 9, 2017

Candidates who make campaign expenditures using personal funds, and then reimburse themselves from campaign funds, are now required do so within 90 days of the expenditure. They are also required to report the expenditure in detail, regardless of the amount. This change to the Ethics Rules became effective May 26, 2017.
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Nov 9, 2017

Effective January 2018, lobbyists and liaisons will be able to attend early-January football bowl games without worrying about filing their reports. A 2017 amendment to Ethics Rule 1.4 changed the January reporting date from “before the sixth day” to “before the sixteenth day” for the report of interim activities from July 1 to Dec. 31. For executive lobbyists, the covered period is the fourth quarter.
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Nov 9, 2017

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, changes to the Ethics Rules will significantly alter the gift-giving practices of some lobbyists. The changes cover meal and non-meal gifts, and they lower some limits.
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Oct 20, 2017

State law requires that no lobbyist or lobbyist principal may make or promise to make a campaign contribution to, or solicit or promise to solicit a contribution for, a member of the Legislature or a candidate for state legislative office during any regular legislative session. The rule runs from the first Monday in February through five calendar days following sine die adjournment during regular legislative session. But what about during a special session?
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Oct 20, 2017

A new Ethics Rule effective immediately provides candidates who pay political party committees for “ordinary and necessary campaign expenditures” are not making contributions to the party, provided the amount charged to the candidate does not exceed the cost to the party.
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Oct 20, 2017

The Ethics Commission recently released a staff memorandum that sheds light on an interesting question: May a candidate who has opened a 2018 candidate committee for one elective state office move funds to a 2018 candidate committee for the same candidate for a different elective state office?
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Oct 20, 2017

As the U.S. Constitution collides with advancements in society and technology, courts must grapple with the application of our founding document. Interesting new constitutional match-ups pitting the First Amendment against social networking websites like Facebook are popping up in skirmishes across the country.
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Oct 20, 2017

On Oct. 5, 2017, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission held a special meeting and public hearing to address Amendment 2018-02, a proposed “cooling-off period” rule. It would establish “a timeframe for restrictions on certain activities of former state officers and employees regarding lobbying, consulting, and interacting with the State and the agency formerly served,” according to the meeting notice.
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Apr 17, 2017

Newly promulgated amendments to Rules of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission will significantly limit the ability of lobbyists to give gifts like Thunder basketball tickets to legislators. Other amendments will make it easier for lobbyists to register and file reports with the Commission.
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Apr 17, 2017

Amendments to the Ethics Rules promulgated by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission set parameters for reimbursements to candidates from their campaign funds, provide additional options for use of surplus campaign funds, and clarify exchanges between political parties and candidates.
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