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Nielsen Merksamer Attorneys Recognized As Northern California Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Nielsen Merksamer is pleased to announce that Steve Merksamer has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer and Chris Skinnell was named a Northern California Rising Star for 2015.  The lists recognize leading attorneys in the State.  This is Merksamer’s fifth time being selected as a Super Lawyer, having been chosen previously in 2009-2012; it is Skinnell’s third time being selected as Rising Star, having been previously selected in 2013 and 2014.

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Chris Skinnell Moderates Panel on the Future of Independent Redistricting Commissions

On April 6, 2015, Nielsen Merksamer voting rights and initiative law partner Chris Skinnell moderated a panel hosted by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College regarding the Supreme Court’s pending decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and its potential implications for redistricting reform and direct democracy.

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2014 COGEL Summary

A record number of federal, state and local regulators came together recently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 36th annual conference of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (“COGEL”).

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Governor Brown Signs SB 27 to Require Nonprofits Active in California Elections to Reveal Their Donors

Nonprofit groups that solicit for, or make, California campaign contributions or expenditures will now be required to disclose certain donors.

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San Francisco Expands Lobbying Ordinance; Developers, Company Employees, Attorneys, and Consultants Required to Register.

This summer, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a long-planned ordinance amending local lobby disclosure requirements.

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Governor Signs Bill Banning Lobbyist Home Fundraisers, Vetoes Other Political Reform Measures

Governor Brown signed and vetoed a flurry of political reform bills on September 30, the last day he could act on measures during the 2014 regular legislative session.

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