October 16, 2015 •
New York City Lobbying Rules Are Replaced
The Office of the City Clerk has published new rules to the city’s lobbying law following a public comment period and summerlong review by the Law Department. The rules require a lobbyist or client to designate a principal officer to electronically file the registration and reports by enrollment in the city’s online e-Lobbyist system.
While the rules allow for a designee or compliance officer to assist the principal officer in completing reports, they prohibit a principal officer from sharing his or her e-Lobbyist password. The rules also detail the procedure for enrolling in e-Lobbyist; provide requirements for retainers and authorization letters; indicate when filing extensions may be obtained; provide procedures for obtaining a waiver of late filing penalties; establish enforcement procedures; and create an amnesty program. The amnesty program would allow certain violators of the lobby law to come into compliance without penalty if meeting the eligibility criteria.
The rules are effective November 4, 2015.
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