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Codified Title: 
Title 51: City Clerk

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, November 14, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

New York City’s Lobbying Law, New York City Administrative Code § 3-211 et seq., regulates the conduct of lobbyists and their clients.  The law provides that each required statement or report must be filed electronically and certified. Chapter 1 of title 51 of the RCNY provides that the Principal Officer, a person with the authority to legally bind the entity, must certify all filings.  This proposed rule amends chapter 1 of title 51 of the RCNY by adding a new section to authorize a Principal Officer, while retaining legal responsibility for such filings, to appoint an individual to certify required filings in circumstances when the Principal Officer cannot certify such filings.  In addition, this proposed rule would allow the City Clerk to accept amnesty applications that were submitted by (i) hand-delivery and email provided that any such delivery or email was received by June 30, 2016 and (ii) first-class mail provided that the application was postmarked by June 30, 2016.

Subject: 

Amendment of Rules Governing Required Filings and Amnesty Applications Under Lobbying Law

Location: 
Office of Administrative Trial and Hearings, Hearing Room A
100 Church Street (12th Floor)
New York, NY 10007
Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, May 18, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

New York City’s Lobbying Law (§ 3-211 et seq. of the Administrative Code of the City of New York) regulates the conduct of lobbyists and their clients.  In 2013, the New York City Council enacted Local Law 129 of 2013, which furthered the Lobbying Law’s goal of transparency by expanding the definition of lobbying, increasing reporting obligations on the City Clerk, amending reporting requirements to decrease the burden on not-for-profit organizations, and expanding late filing penalties to increase compliance.  Local Law 129 also created an amnesty program that will further increase compliance by allowing lobbyists and clients who have never filed lobbying reports to enter the system without penalty.  

The proposed rule amends chapter 1 of title 51 of the Rules of the City of New York by replacing the current version in its entirety to conform the existing rules to the amendments enacted by Local Law 129 of 2013.  Specifically, the proposed rule:

  • Sets criteria for requesting advisory opinions;
  • Sets forth the procedure for enrolling in e-Lobbyist;
  • Defines the roles of principal officer, designee and compliance officer;
  • Provides requirements for retainers and authorization letters;
  • Includes a process to deactivate statements of registration;
  • Indicates when filing extensions may be obtained;
  • Sets forth the procedures for obtaining a waiver of late filing penalties;
  • Establishes Lobbying Bureau enforcement procedures; and
  • Creates an amnesty program which sets forth eligibility criteria for lobbyists and clients who have not previously complied with the Lobbying Law.
Subject: 

Implementation of Lobbying Law Amendments

Location: 
Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, Hearing Room A
100 Church Street 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

Office of the City Clerk, Lobbying Bureau
Lobbyist_helpdesk@cityclerk.nyc.gov
(212) 669-8171

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