Implementation of Lobbying Law Amendments
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
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.