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2Day in #OpenGov 1/3/2013

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NEWS ROUNDUP:

Government 
  • Ethics board could be preserved: The Office of Congressional Ethics could be preserved with proposed rule changes that would remove term limits for board members. The panel had been in danger of ceasing to exist because vacancies were unfilled. (USA Today) 
  • Relatives lobby on bills before Congress: More than 50 relatives of lawmakers have been paid to lobby on bills in Congress, records show. Lobbying by relatives was limited after 2007, but has not been banned entirely. (Washington Post)
  • National Archives recognized for innovation: The Administrative Conference of the United States presented an award for innovation to the National Archives' Citizen Archivist Initiative. (FedScoop)
Campaign finance
  • Political money news in 2012: Campaign spending in 2012 was the subject of many news stories, and Roll Call has highlighted some of the major related events. (Roll Call) 
State and Local
  • DC under scrutiny: The District of Columbia continues to be under scrutiny from the federal government related to possible corruption. (Washington Examiner)
  • California tries to stymie anonymous donations: California legislators are trying to make news laws aimed at stemming the flow of dark money into political campaigns. (LA Times)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
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HAPPENING TODAY 1/3: 
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Lobbyists save big businesses from fiscal cliff tax hikes

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Congress may have averted the fiscal cliff, raising taxes on households making more than $450,000, ending the payroll tax holiday which will take a bite from workers' paychecks, and leaving the bigger issues of raising the debt ceiling, reforming entitlements and addressing federal spending to the next Congress. While the fiscal cliff deal results in a tax hike for all workers, some special interests preserved their favorite tax breaks the old fashioned way: lobbying and contributing to members of Congress.

Most of the goodies sprinkled through the American Taxpayer Relief Act have been on the wish lists of big ...

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Senate Rules Changes: Sunlight’s Proposals for the 113th Congress

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The United States Senate is a creature of its rules. Through its standing rules, laws and resolutions, precedents, and the consent of its members, the upper chamber carefully controls how legislation can be promulgated and debate can take place. Unlike the House of Representatives, which must vote on its rules every Congress, the Senate rarely reconsiders its standing rules in their entirety. An opportunity may arise, however, with the current debate over changing how the filibuster works. Here are Sunlight's major recommendations for updating the Senate's rules.

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2Day in #OpenGov 1/2/2013

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NEWS ROUNDUP:

Government 
  • Tech industry learns Washington: The technology industry is likely to be a major lobbying force in Washington, DC, this year as several lingering disputes over security and privacy could come back up for debate in Congress. (New York Times)
Campaign finance
  • Most expensive races of 2012: There are different ways to calculate the costs of the races from 2012, but a few competitions stand out for how expensive they were. One race topped more than $85 million in total outside and candidate spending. (Roll Call)
  • Bipartisan campaign finance disclosure: Two Senators have proposed bipartisan legislation similar to the Disclose Act that would require outside groups spending money on campaigns to make their funding public. (Roll Call)
State and Local
  • Municipal innovation in 2012: Many cities and towns took strides forward with technology in 2012, enhancing their connections with citizens in different ways. Code for America highlights some of the advances. (Code for America)
Technology
  • Top tech and politics events of 2012: TechPresident has a list of some of the top technology and political moments of 2012. (TechPresident)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
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HAPPENING THIS WEEK 1/2 - 1/4: 
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