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||Commission on Ethics: Memorandum: Changes in Registration and Reporting Requirments
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Commission on Ethics: Memorandum: Changes in Registration and Reporting Requirments, December 9, 1993
||Box 8, Folder 4 ( Vail Conference, 1994 - 1994 ), Item 38
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State of Florida o .au.l S.
Wonale J. Wil"lam
Commission on Ethics
Executive Branch Lobbyist Registration
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DEC 13 1993
TO: Registered Executive Branch Lobby st------
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FROM: JLMC Lobbyist Registration Office -----
SUBJECT: Changes in Registration and Reporting Requirements
DATE: December 9, 1993
Enclosed is a copy of Chapter 93-121, Laws of Florida, which went
into effect October 1, 1993. This law makes substantive changes to
the executive branch lobbyist law. Also enclosed are the Rules as
adopted by the Commission on Ethics at the hearing held pacember 2.
Below is a summary of some of the changes; however, we suggest that
you review the wording of the actual law and rules.
Changes in registration requirements and definitions;
A person may not lobby an agency until he has registered as a
lobbyist with the Lobbyist Registration Office. WLobbyist" now is
defined as a person who is employed and receives payment, pr who
contracts for economic consideration, for the purpose of lobbying,
or a person who is principally employed for governmental affairs by
another person or governmental entity to lobby an agency on behalf
of that other person or governmental entity.
"Principally employed for governmental affairs" means that ONE of
the principal or most significant responsibilities of the employee
to the employer is overseeing the employer's various relationships
with government or representing the employer in its coqtqctp with
government. The law also requires "lobbyists" who lobby on behalf
of water management districts, regional planning councils,
community college districts, counties, municipalitien, special
districts, and other political subdivisions of the State to
register. The term "lobbying" has been expanded to include I"an
attempt to obtain the goodwill of an agency official or employee."
Changes in reporting requirements:
There are two new quarterly reports: The Individual Lobbyist's
S Expenditure Report and the Consolidated Expenditure Report. Each
lobbyist must submit quarterly an Individual Lobbyist's
Expenditure Report listing all lobbying expenditures by category
S Executive Branch Lobbyists
December 9, 1993
and sources of funds for the expenditures. The reports are due as
*April 15 (for the quarter from January 1 aorch 31)
*July 15 (for the quarter from April 1 June 30)
*October 15 (for the quarter from July 1 September 30)
*January 15 (for the quarter from October 1 December 31)
An Individual Lobbyist's Expenditure Report does not need tp be
filed if there have been no expenditures during a particular
quarter. However, the lobbyist must certify on the report due
January 15 that there were no expenditures during any quarter for
which a reporting statement was not filed.
The Consolidated Expenditure Report is required to be filed only by
the designated lobbyist--a lobbyist who has been appointed in
writing by the principal. A principal that has more than one
lobbyist must designate a lobbyist to file the Consolidated
Expenditure Report. Until a principal appoints one of the
lobbyists as the designated lobbyist, another lobbyist for thqt
S principal cannot register.
New quarterly expenditure reports:
Expenditure reports are now due quarterly rather than eagpinnually.
Enclosed are the two new quarterly expenditure reported which are
due January 15, 1994;
*Individual Lobbyist's Expenditure Report for the quarter
October 1 December 31, 1993.
*Consolidated Expenditure Report for the quarter October 1-
December 31, 1993 (to be filed by the designated lobbyist
Also enclosed is the old semiannual expenditure report thqt has
been modified for reporting only those expenditures from July 1 -
September 30, 1993. This report also is due January 15, 1994,
The Executive Branch Renewal Form for 1994 (Bg Form 2QR) and
Executive Branch Lobbyist Registration Form for 1994 (CA Form 20)
In addition to the instructions on each form, you may find the
enclosed instruction sheet helpful.
Please do not hesitate to contact the JLHC Lobby Regiptration
S Office if we may be of further assistance.