March 20, 2014 •
San Francisco Board Considers Expanding Definition of Lobbyist
The Board of Supervisors resumed a series of discussions on ethics legislation introduced last year by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. Ordinance 130374 would amend the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to expand the definition of lobbyist and require lobbyists to complete training online.
The lobbying exemption for contractors and their attorneys would be limited to in-house officers and employees.
Nonprofit staff would be required to register if they make five or more contacts with covered officers in a single month. Outside consultants communicating with public officials regarding contract bidding and negotiating would be subject to the registration and reporting requirements of lobbying.
The ordinance has been substituted and assigned to the Government Audit and Oversight Committee.
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