Kaua`i County Requires Lobbyists to Register and Report - State and Federal Communications

April 6, 2016  •  

Kaua`i County Requires Lobbyists to Register and Report

Map of Kauai County, HawaiiKaua`i County lobbyists will soon be required to register with the county clerk within five days of engaging in lobbying. The mayor signed a new lobbying ordinance on March 30, after council unanimously adopted the measure the week before. The ordinance defines a lobbyist as one who is compensated for more than five hours in any month to communicate with a state or county officer or employee with the purpose of influencing any legislative or administrative action.

Spending more than $750 on lobbying during any reporting period will require registration even if the five-hour threshold is not met. Lobbyists, lobbyist employers, and individuals spending $750 or more on lobbying must file an annual statement of expenditures on or before January 31, covering the previous calendar year.

A violation of the lobbying ordinance may result in an administrative fine for each violation, as well as suspension or revocation of lobbyist registration. The lobbying ordinance is effective July 28, 2016.

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