Comprehensive Lobbying and Source of Funding Regulations

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“Commission”) has submitted Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for Part 938 (Source of Funding Disclosure regulations) and Part 943 (a set of comprehensive lobbying regulations) and will be accepting public comment on both until October 16, 2017.

 

If adopted, Part 943 will mark the first time that existing guidelines and decades of advisory opinions will be compiled in one place in New York. It will provide a “one-stop shop” for information about the rules and requirements associated with lobbying in New York. Designed to close loopholes that have evolved over time, the regulations will capture more and better information about the targets of lobbying activities and the real clients of lobbyists. 

The regulations take into account the use of ever-changing technology in conducting lobbying campaigns. They also streamline reporting requirements, providing more clarity about the requirements related to consultants, grassroots lobbying, sources of funding, and the use of new media for lobbying purposes.

In Part 938, the Commission seeks to amend its source of funding regulations to coincide and be consistent with the comprehensive lobbying regulations and current statutory provisions.

The Commission will conduct a public hearing on both Notices in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building, 198 State Street (corner of South Swan Street) in Albany on October 30, 2017 from 1 – 4 p.m. More information on that hearing can be found here.

All public comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on October 16, 2017 to Carol Quinn, Deputy Director of Lobbying Disclosure, at carol.quinn@jcope.ny.gov. Those wishing to present prepared testimony should submit by that same date as well to Carol Quinn.

The Commission has been seeking comment and input from the lobbying community and other concerned members of the public since the Commission first published staff proposals on its website in October 2016.  To view the previous staff proposal of the regulations, prior public comments, and a video of a December 7, 2016 public hearing in New York City on the earlier proposal, click here.