JCOPE TO HOST ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS ON PROPOSED REGULATIONS REGARDING GIFTS, TRAVEL, HONORARIA, AND PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics ("JCOPE") will be hosting informal roundtable discussions for lobbyists, client filers and state officials regarding proposed regulations on gifts, travel, honoraria, and public service announcements in Albany on April 4th and New York City April 5th.

Draft proposed regulations may be viewed by clicking here.

These roundtable discussions are among a series of such forums between JCOPE and the regulated community that started this March. The roundtable discussions are not training sessions. Rather, they are opportunities for the regulated community to meet with JCOPE staff to discuss any issues relating to compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines, and their experience with the Commission.

Space will be limited at the discussions and seating is reserved for members of the regulated community. After each event, information about the roundtable, including the attendees and general topics discussed, will be posted on the JCOPE website.

Those interested in attending any of these roundtable discussions should, by March 29th, send a message of interest via email to jcope@jcope.ny.gov and include the word "Roundtable" in the subject line. Any emails should include the name of the person wishing to attend, their affiliation, contact telephone numbers, any specific topics they are most interested in discussing and the preferred location (Albany or New York City) they would want to attend. Those who do express interest will be contacted by JCOPE staff to confirm attendance.

JCOPE will work to accommodate as many as possible at the roundtables and will consider additional dates based on responses.

The Albany roundtable discussion will run from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on April 4th in the Commission's ground floor meeting room at 540 Broadway. The New York City roundtable will be on April 5th, time and location to be announced.