September 12, 2013 •
Ask the Experts – Lobbyist on the Move
Q. I am a registered lobbyist in five jurisdictions and just moved into a new house. Is there anything I need to do to stay in compliance?
A. It is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the tasks associated with a move. However, it is important to notify the jurisdictions in which you are registered of your new address as soon as possible as this affects both your lobbyist registration and reports.
For example, in Florida, a lobbyist must amend his or her registration within 15 days of a change. Additionally, registration renewal must occur on forms distributed by the state directly to the address listed on the lobbyist registration on file. Without amending the registration to include a current address, the lobbyist will not receive the registration renewal materials.
In some states, a lobbyist can face penalties for failure to amend a registration upon a change of address. In Arizona, a registrant must notify the secretary of state within five business days after any change to the information in the registration statement. If the state determines a violation has occurred, and the lobbyist fails to comply with the request to amend the registration, a hearing will occur and the state may issue a fine of up to $1,000.
To avoid facing penalties, know the registrations provisions of your jurisdictions. In most cases, the jurisdiction will require you to provide an updated address. Whether this process requires a phone call or amendment to your existing registration will vary. When in doubt, contact the overseeing agency to clarify the requirements.
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