Illinois Ethics Omnibus Bill Certified by Governor - State and Federal Communications

October 11, 2021  •  

Illinois Ethics Omnibus Bill Certified by Governor

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker certified the changes to Senate Bill 539, an ethics omnibus bill passed with an amendatory veto in September.

Public Act 102-0664 is effective January 1, 2022, and requires state registration under the Lobbyist Registration Act by persons lobbying local officials in counties, townships and municipalities, preempting and superseding all existing laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with the Act, except in municipalities with a population over 500,000.

The bill also requires registration by persons lobbying other specified state officials, and requires any consultant hired by a lobbyist or lobbying entity to register if they communicate with an official, and all consultant expenditures to be reported on the lobbying entity reports.

The bill also further restricts fundraising anywhere in the state during sessions of the General Assembly.

The bill also creates a revolving door restriction for the General Assembly and officers of the executive branch prohibiting any activities that require registration for six months after leaving office.

The bill also adds anyone who participated personally and substantially in the award or fiscal administration of state contracts to the revolving door prohibitions for procurement officers and employees, prohibiting them from accepting employment within a period of one year immediately after termination of office or state employment.

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