March 5, 2021 •
Aurora, Colorado Ordinance Would Create Lobbyist Registration, Reporting Requirements
Aurora City Council member Angela Lawson is sponsoring an ordinance to create lobbyist registration and reporting requirements.
Lawson’s sweeping proposals would require lobbyists to register their clients and income with the city and submit quarterly, detailed reports on their activities and financial motivations.
Lobbyists who do not comply with the regulations could lose the ability to influence city officials on matters from development to zoning rules, permits and city contracts, face possible expulsion and up to $2,500 fines per charge.
The rules would apply not only to lobbyists and the City Council but also to the city manager, staff, board and commission members, and presiding judges, among others. The city clerk would be responsible for deciding if rules have been violated and handing down judgments.
City Council members will review the proposal during their next regular meeting on March 8.
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