January 16, 2020 •
Florida Legislature Looks to Create a Centralized Local Government Lobbyist Registration System
The Florida Senate has introduced a bill creating a statewide registration system for lobbying government entities.
The bill expands the definition of lobbying to include seeking to influence any governmental entity with respect to a decision or an attempt to obtain the goodwill of an official or employee of any governmental entity.
Further, the bill defines governmental entity as including:
- Water management districts
- Hospital districts
- Children’s services districts
- Expressway authorities
- Port authorities
- School districts
- Special districts
With these new expanded definitions, the Commission on Ethics will establish the Local Government Lobbyist Registration System.
All lobbyists wishing to lobby any governmental entity within the state would have to register with this new system.
All previously established rules and local ordinances currently governing lobbyist registration would be preempted and replaced by this new system.
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