August 24, 2015 •
San Joaquin County Lobbying Law Takes Effect in September
Beginning September 17, 2015, a new lobbying law takes effect in the San Joaquin County. Passed by the Board of Supervisors on August 18, the ordinance requires lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist’s employers to register when lobbying the board.
The ordinance defines a lobbyist as “any individual who is employed, contracts, or otherwise receives compensation of $500 or more in any calendar month” to lobby the board. The definition excludes news organizations, elected officials, and agents of tax-exempt organizations. Registration with the clerk of the board is required 10 days after becoming engaged as a lobbyist. There is an initial registration fee of $75. The annual registration renewal is $50.
The clerk’s office is presently in the process of implementing the new ordinance and creating a registration form.
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