October 23, 2015 •
New Jersey ELEC Proposes Changes to Lobbying Registration and Reporting Obligations
The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has approved the publication of a proposal amending lobbyist registration and reporting obligations. The proposal would require governmental affairs agents and represented entities to file all lobbying forms and reports electronically. A registration number and PIN supplied by the Commission would act as an electronic signature and acknowledgement for forms and reports submitted electronically.
Furthermore, when a group of individuals, each registered as a governmental affairs agent, together represents more than one entity, the group will be able to file a notice of representation for a represented entity on behalf of the group. Notice of termination filed by such a group would need to indicate whether termination applies the entire group or to a specific governmental affairs agent.
Additionally, the proposal would require any changes to the notice of representation to be made by electronically filing an amendment. Lastly, the proposal would also require an individual registering as a governmental affairs agent for the first time to personally appear in Commission offices to submit the annual fee and required photographs.
The proposed amendments were published in the New Jersey Register on October 19, 2015, and will be the subject of a public hearing on December 15. If approved following the public hearing, the amendments are expected to go into effect in early February.
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