NEW YORK
TEMPORARY STATE COMMISSION
ON REGULATION OF LOBBYING

OPINION NO. 4 (78-4)

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FACTS

A registered lobbyist is assisted in his work by an employee who is directed by and wholly compensated by the lobbyist.

The question presented to the Commission is whether, under the Regulation of Lobbying Act of 1977 (hereinafter referred to the Act), it is necessary for an assistant to a lobbyist to file an "individual Statement of Registration" on behalf of clients of the lobbyist.

OPINION

Section 3(a) of the Act states the term "lobbyist shall mean and include every person, firm, corporation, or association retained, employed, or designated by any person, firm, corporation, or association, or by a public corporation, who on behalf of such entity and pursuant to such retainer, employment, or designation, attempts to influence the passage or defeat of any legislation by either house of the legislature or the approval or disapproval of any legislation by the governor, or the adoption or rejection of any rule or regulation having the force and effect of law or the outcome of any rate-making proceeding by a State agency".

The employee of such lobbyist would, therefore, be subject to the provisions of the Act. However, the employer would be the only person required to file a Statement of Registration. The employee does not file independently but must be listed on the employer's Statement of Registration and subsequent Periodic Reports.


APPROVED BY COMMISSION: OCTOBER 6, 1978

CONCURRING: CHAIRMAN S. STANLEY KREUTZER, VICE CHAIRMAN OWEN McGIVERN, MARGARET C. ANDRONACO, D. CLINTON DOMINICK, DANIEL GUTMAN, and DAVID C. TAIT.

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S. STANLEY KREUTZER
Chairman


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