Contribution Disclosure Rules Expanded for Lobbyist Employers - State and Federal Communications

June 15, 2022  •  

Contribution Disclosure Rules Expanded for Lobbyist Employers

Maryland Capitol Building - Jimmy Emerson

Maryland Lawmakers passed a bill late in the session to require lobbyist employers to file contribution disclosure statements even if no contributions were made.

Senate Bill 15 became law when Gov. Larry Hogan declined to veto the bill within 30 days.

Any lobbyist employer who pays at least $500 to one or more lobbyists must file the report on May 31 and November 30.

Previously, the report was due only if applicable contributions were made in the reporting period of $500 or more.

The new law raises penalties for violations from $1,000 to $25,000 and establishes three-year record keeping requirements. Senate bill 15 is effective July 1.

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