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Political Law Update for Banks, Utilities, Insurance Companies and Regulated Industries
As summer winds down, we are entering the home stretch for the 2021 gubernatorial election in New Jersey. Because of the importance of this election, businesses and individuals who normally sit out politics may find themselves getting involved in political activity. This process can be especially tricky for New Jersey’s regulated industries—banks, utilities, insurance companies, and more—because the rules of the road for their political activity have recently changed.
Avi Kelin Pens Article for ROI-NJ "Why N.J. is Falling Behind in Autonomous Vehicle Legislation"
Avi D. Kelin, Esq., firm Counsel and Autonomous Vehicle Law Practice Group Chair, recently penned an article entitled, "Why NJ is Falling Behind on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation" which was published by ROI-NJ.
The IEs are Coming: Regulated-Industry Companies Now Free to Make Independent Expenditures in NJ
Late yesterday, the United States District Court of the District of New Jersey held that a century-old statute “does not ban any entity from making independent expenditures” in New Jersey. The decision comes just in time for the 2021 general election in New Jersey with the governor’s race and all 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature up for grabs.
Avi Kelin Discusses Future Regulation and Insurance Effects Of Autonomous Vehicles In PropertyCausalty360 Article
Avi D. Kelin, firm Counsel and Chair of the Autonomous Vehicle Law Practice Group, was recently featured in PropertyCausalty360 article entitled, "U.K. Clears The Way For Autonomous Cars On Roadways." Mr. Kelin discusses future regulation and insurance effects of autonomous vehicles as it is projected that similar regulations may arrive in the U.S. sooner than later.
A Brief Introduction to the History and Theory of Campaign-Finance Law, Part 1
Recently on our blog, we have considered the nuances surrounding pay-to-play laws, election cycles, and refunds of contributions. But, as we continue to cover these and other topics deep in the weeds of political law, it is worth taking a step back to review the history and theory of campaign-finance laws in the United States.
Avi Kelin Discusses the Next Phase of Autonomous Vehicle Usage in New Jersey in Recent ROI-NJ Interview
Firm Counsel and Autonomous Vehicle Law Practice Chair Avi D. Kelin was recently interviewed by ROI-NJ regarding his thoughts on the next phase of autonomous vehicle usage in New Jersey.
Genova Burns Announces Counsel Promotions
Genova Burns LLC of Newark, NJ is pleased to announce that four Firm Associates will be elevated to the position of “Counsel” effective April 1, 2021
Calling All New Jersey Government Contractors: Is Your Company Prepared for the March 30th Business Entity Annual Disclosure Filing Deadline?
New Jersey’s Pay-to-Play Annual Disclosure filing deadline is less than one month away. New Jersey law requires each business entity that received payments of $50,000 or more (in the aggregate) as a result of New Jersey government contracts during the 2020 calendar year to electronically file a Business Entity Annual Statement (“Form BE”) with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (“ELEC”) no later than Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Avi Kelin Pens "Autonomous Vehicles: State and Municipal Governments Need to Stay in the Same Lane" Published by NJ Municipalities Magazine
Avi D. Kelin, Esq., Senior Associate and Autonomous Vehicle Law Practice Group Chair, recently penned an article entitled, "Autonomous Vehicles: State and Municipal Governments Need to Stay in the Same Lane" which was published by NJ Municipalities Magazine.
Rebecca Moll Freed and Avi Kelin Publish Blog for Lawline Entitled "Calling All Government Contractors: What Vendors Need to Know About Political-Contribution Disclosures"
Firm Partner and Corporate Political Activity Law Practice Chair Rebecca Moll Freed, Esq. and Senior Associate Avi D. Kelin, Esq. recently penned a blog entitled "Calling All Government Contractors: What Vendors Need to Know About Political-Contribution Disclosures" which has been published by Lawline.
Pennsylvania Government Contractor Pay-to-Play Disclosure Deadline – February 15, 2021
Under Pennsylvania's pay-to-play disclosure law, any business entity that has been awarded any no-bid contract by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any of its political subdivisions must file a disclosure with the Pennsylvania Department of State by February 15, 2021.
The Importance of Election Cycles
In our last blog, we addressed the applicability of reduced pay-to-play limits for government contractors and prospective government contractors. In this blog, as the first month of 2021 comes to a close, it is an opportune time to review the varying time periods applicable to traditional New Jersey campaign-finance limits. While some contribution limits operate on a calendar-year basis, not all contribution limits re-set in a new calendar year.
Know Your Pay-to-Play Limits: Taking Stock of Covered Contributors
2021 has been off to an eventful start politically. Although a lot is happening on the national stage, we cannot forget that 2021 is a big election year in New Jersey. Not only do we have an upcoming gubernatorial election, but all 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature are up for grabs and hundreds of local candidates will be on the ballot.
Bergen County Twice-Annual Pay-to-Play Disclosure Deadline Approaches
Vendors that hold government contracts with Bergen County are required to file pay-to-play disclosures in January and July of each year. This requirement to file the Bergen County Sunshine Form and the REVUE 2 Form was enacted in 2013 when the County adopted its own local pay-to-play ordinance.
What Regulated-Industry Companies and Non-Profits Need to Know About New Jersey Political Communication Contributions
Not all political activity is the same. A political contribution is different than lobbying, which is itself different than issue advocacy. And the rules of the road differ for each category of activity. Under New Jersey law, there are two scenarios in which a public communication becomes a political contribution, subject to the restrictions and requirements of a contribution.
Know Your (Pay-to-Play) Solicitation Limits: Fundraising for New Jersey’s 2021 Gubernatorial Election Has Begun
Our last blog post focused on the reduced contribution limits to New Jersey gubernatorial candidates that apply to business entities that hold or seek to remain eligible for New Jersey Executive Branch contracts. But it is not only directly making a contribution to a gubernatorial candidate that can jeopardize eligibility for State of New Jersey contracts.
Rebecca Moll Freed and Avi Kelin to Present Lawline Live Stream on Corporate Political Activity Law Compliance
Firm Partner Rebecca Moll Freed and Senior Associate Avi D. Kelin will present a CLE webinar entitled “Managing Corporate Political Activity Compliance in the New Normal” via live stream by Lawline on October 15.
New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission Plans Hearing on New Proposed Campaign-Finance Regulations
The Election Law Enforcement Commission, the New Jersey Government body charged with jurisdiction over the state’s campaign-finance laws, announced last week that it will hold a public hearing with opportunity for comment on October 20, 2020 to consider the implementation of new regulations.