March 4, 2020 •

British Columbia In-House Lobbyist Guidance Issued For Upcoming Changes

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British Columbia’s Office of the Registrar issued a guidance document for organizations last month. This in anticipation of the changes to the province’s lobbying laws taking effect on May 4. The guidance document provides an overview for organizations with in-house […]

British Columbia’s Office of the Registrar issued a guidance document for organizations last month.

This in anticipation of the changes to the province’s lobbying laws taking effect on May 4.

The guidance document provides an overview for organizations with in-house lobbyists under the Lobbyists Transparency Act.

Beginning on May 4, the time threshold for requiring in-house lobbyists to register is reduced from 100 hours to 50 hours in the preceding 12-month period.

Time spent preparing to lobby, researching and writing reports, and strategizing would be included in calculating the time threshold required for registration.

However, activities predating a decision to lobbying would “likely not be included in the calculation,” according to the published guidance.

Organizations that are not member-based or that do not have a primary purpose to promote or oppose issues may qualify for the exception.

This is only if the organizations have fewer than six employees and the lobbying activities add up to fewer than 50 hours in the preceding 12-month period.

Examples of organizations unlikely to qualify for the exemption are unions and chambers of commerce.

Presently, a new online Lobbyists Registry is in development to replace the current Lobbyists Registry.

This registry is scheduled to launch on May 4, 2020.

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July 11, 2018 •

Colorado Lobbyist Rule Amendments In Effect

Colorado lobbyist rule changes were effective June 30. Much of the changes involve recodification to ensure uniform and proper administration and implementation of state law. Such changes clarify professional lobbyist and lobbyist firm registration and disclosure requirements as well as […]

Colorado lobbyist rule changes were effective June 30. Much of the changes involve recodification to ensure uniform and proper administration and implementation of state law.

Such changes clarify professional lobbyist and lobbyist firm registration and disclosure requirements as well as add or amend several lobbying definitions.

Effective January 1, 2019, a professional lobbyist must also log by date all position changes (monitoring, oppose, or support) on a bill and must file a monthly log contemporaneously with each monthly disclosure statement.

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September 8, 2017 •

Ask the Experts – Lobbyist Reporting

Q: I have been out of the office on an extended vacation.  I just noticed a reminder e-mail that I have a lobbying report due today that cannot be filed electronically.  What are my options? A: You still have the ability to […]

Q: I have been out of the office on an extended vacation.  I just noticed a reminder e-mail that I have a lobbying report due today that cannot be filed electronically.  What are my options?

A: You still have the ability to submit the report in a timely manner.  Your first step should be to confirm the reportable activity for your report.  If it is your lobbyist report, check your calendar or records to see whether you lobbied during the reporting period.  If the report is for your employer, you must review not only your activity, but possibly information for a contract lobbyist as well…

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January 18, 2017 •

Ethics Bill Passes Missouri House

Ethics reform legislation passed the Missouri House Tuesday afternoon with wide bipartisan support. House Bill 60 would prohibit lobbyists and lobbyist principals from making expenditures for state public officials or for their staff, spouses, or dependent children. An exception would […]

Seal_of_Missouri.svgEthics reform legislation passed the Missouri House Tuesday afternoon with wide bipartisan support.

House Bill 60 would prohibit lobbyists and lobbyist principals from making expenditures for state public officials or for their staff, spouses, or dependent children.

An exception would remain for event expenditures if all members of the Legislature or all statewide officials are invited in writing. For clarity, the bill would subsequently remove any unnecessary lobbyist reporting requirements.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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January 18, 2017 •

South Dakota Senators Decide Not to Restrict Lobbyists

The Senate Committee on Legislative Procedure decided to table consideration of a proposed new rule to ban lobbyists from the chamber and adjacent hallways during working hours. The measure came up for a vote yesterday and the committee voted unanimously […]

SouthDakota-StateSealThe Senate Committee on Legislative Procedure decided to table consideration of a proposed new rule to ban lobbyists from the chamber and adjacent hallways during working hours.

The measure came up for a vote yesterday and the committee voted unanimously to let the lobbyists stay. Lawmakers could decide to reconsider adoption of the proposal any time during the legislative session.

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January 3, 2017 •

2017 Begins with a New Lobbying Law for Rhode Island

On January 1, the Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act took effect. The Act repeals the lobbying laws in Title 22 and Title 42 in the state’s statutes and enacts a new consolidated code section covering both the legislative and executive […]

Seal of Rhode IslandOn January 1, the Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act took effect. The Act repeals the lobbying laws in Title 22 and Title 42 in the state’s statutes and enacts a new consolidated code section covering both the legislative and executive branches of government.

Among the changes in the new law are the simplification of lobbyists’ reporting requirements, an increase in penalties for failing to comply with lobbying requirements, and the allowance for more investigative and administrative authority for enforcing the lobbying laws, including administrative subpoena power.

 

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December 7, 2016 •

After Texting Ban in Florida House, Hillsborough County Commissioners May Follow Suit

County commissioners approved a motion to research and draft a proposal to ban commissioners from receiving text messages from lobbyists during board meetings. This comes on the heels of the Florida House implementing, in its rules for the upcoming session, […]

Hillsborough_County_Fl_SealCounty commissioners approved a motion to research and draft a proposal to ban commissioners from receiving text messages from lobbyists during board meetings.

This comes on the heels of the Florida House implementing, in its rules for the upcoming session, a ban on electronic communications with lobbyists while in committee or in the House Chamber.

Commissioner Sandy Murman introduced the idea; however, no penalties for a violation were included in the proposal. Though the measure for further exploration passed 5-1, support among commissioners for an actual ban seemed less decisive during the meeting.

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November 18, 2016 •

Georgia Sets Lobbyist Registration Renewal Period for 2017

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission has announced the lobbyist registration renewal window for 2017. Current lobbyists who do not owe any fees, fines, penalties, or reports may renew their registrations online beginning December 1, 2016, until 12:00 […]

Seal of GeorgiaThe Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission has announced the lobbyist registration renewal window for 2017.

Current lobbyists who do not owe any fees, fines, penalties, or reports may renew their registrations online beginning December 1, 2016, until 12:00 p.m. on January 13, 2017. Lobbyists who fail to timely renew their registration must register as a new lobbyist using paper forms.

Lobbyist badges are also expected to be sent much sooner than in past years. The Commission has asked lobbyists to allow up to two weeks for badges to be delivered.

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November 17, 2016 •

Lobbyists Need Not Apply For High-Level Posts with Trump Administration

Lobbyists hoping to work for President-elect Donald J. Trump will have to terminate their lobbyist registrations to be vetted for high-level positions, according to CNN. Additionally, as an agreement to work with the next administration, officials leaving their future positions […]

federal lobbyistsLobbyists hoping to work for President-elect Donald J. Trump will have to terminate their lobbyist registrations to be vetted for high-level positions, according to CNN.

Additionally, as an agreement to work with the next administration, officials leaving their future positions will be banned from lobbying for five years. Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer says the goal of the ban is to make sure “people aren’t using the government to enrich themselves and using their service in government to do that.”

Trump’s transition team told CNN this will help fulfill Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington.

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November 8, 2016 •

Chicago, IL Board of Ethics Wants Electronic Filing for Lobbyists

The Chicago Board of Ethics recently submitted two amendments to City Council, potentially affecting lobbyist filing procedures. One amendment would require lobbyists to file all documents electronically in the Electronic Lobbyist Filing (ELF) system. The other amendment would establish enforcement […]

Chicago Board of EthicsThe Chicago Board of Ethics recently submitted two amendments to City Council, potentially affecting lobbyist filing procedures.

One amendment would require lobbyists to file all documents electronically in the Electronic Lobbyist Filing (ELF) system. The other amendment would establish enforcement provisions related to the electronic filing requirement.

Unless a majority of aldermen vote to disapprove them, the amendments will become effective on December 11, 2016. Once effective, the Board of Ethics will implement the new procedures beginning January 1, 2017. Paper filings will no longer be accepted after December 31, 2016.

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August 12, 2016 •

Santa Monica, CA Lobbyists Soon Required to Register with City

Santa Monica City Council passed new rules on August 9 for implementation of the city’s lobbyist regulation ordinance. The rules set out lobbyist registration requirements and registration fees. The ordinance will go into effect September 19, 2016 with an initial […]

Seal_of_Santa_Monica,_CaliforniaSanta Monica City Council passed new rules on August 9 for implementation of the city’s lobbyist regulation ordinance.

The rules set out lobbyist registration requirements and registration fees. The ordinance will go into effect September 19, 2016 with an initial lobbyist registration period from September 19 through October 31, 2016.

The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for the implementation of the lobbyist regulation ordinance and can be reached at (310) 458-8211 or clerk@smgov.net.

 

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July 22, 2016 •

FPPC Approves Amendment to Lobbyist Regulation

On July 21, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) approved a regulation to further clarify the definition of “lobbyist.” The regulation creates a rebuttable presumption that all compensation from a person for services that include direct communication with a qualifying […]

FPPCOn July 21, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) approved a regulation to further clarify the definition of “lobbyist.”

The regulation creates a rebuttable presumption that all compensation from a person for services that include direct communication with a qualifying official for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action received within a calendar month is for the purpose of direct compensation.

The regulation will become effective 30 days after the FPPC files it with the Office of the Secretary of State.

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June 8, 2016 •

FPPC to Amend Lobbyist Regulation

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will consider a proposed regulation to further clarify the definition of “lobbyist” at a public hearing set for July 21, 2016. The proposed regulation would create a rebuttable presumption that all compensation from a […]

CaliforniaCalifornia’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will consider a proposed regulation to further clarify the definition of “lobbyist” at a public hearing set for July 21, 2016.

The proposed regulation would create a rebuttable presumption that all compensation from a person for services that include direct communication with a qualifying official for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action received within a calendar month is for the purpose of direct compensation.

The FPPC is accepting written comments on the proposal until July 18, 2016.

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June 2, 2016 •

Maryland Legislative Lobbyist Appointed to Highest Court

Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed his top legislative lobbyist, Joseph M. Getty, to the Court of Appeals. Getty has extensive policy making experience, previously serving in both the House of Delegates and Senate, but has never before worked as a […]

MarylandGov. Larry Hogan has appointed his top legislative lobbyist, Joseph M. Getty, to the Court of Appeals.

Getty has extensive policy making experience, previously serving in both the House of Delegates and Senate, but has never before worked as a judge.

The appointment is effective immediately, but Getty must still be confirmed by the Senate, which will not meet until next year’s General Assembly session.

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