March 23, 2011 •
Providence Creates Lobbying Registration Law
Providence has passed a new lobbyist registration law. The Lobbyist Disclosure Ordinance requires registration before the first lobbying activity. Online registration will be an available option. Each lobbyist will receive an ID badge with his or her name, photograph, identifying information, and the name of each client being represented.
There is a $150 filing fee for lobbyists employed by entities with budgets over $250,000. Otherwise, the filing fee is $25. Lobbyists and employers will be required to file quarterly reports, and a final report in January detailing all expenses and compensation for the previous calendar year.
Penalties include fines up to $250 a day, up to a maximum of $25,000 per calendar year, and a prohibition of lobbying the city until the following year or until compliance is established. The ordinance takes effect May 16.
Photo of the Providence City Hall by Anatoli Lvov.
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