Technical Issues in LA
Users May Have Trouble Submitting Filings

At the present time (the afternoon of July 15), technical difficulties are preventing some new lobbying filings from being submitted to the JCOPE Lobbying Application ("LA"). We are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible. We will post an update when there is a resolution. 

LA Open for Filing
JCOPE Launches Client Semi-Annual, Source of Funding in LA

The JCOPE Lobbying Application ("LA") is now available for filing Client Semi-Annual Reports and Source of Funding disclosures. Please refer to the 'JCOPE Lobbying Application Information' page under the 'Lobbying' tab on the website. 

Due to the short time frame between then and the statutory filing due date of July 15, JCOPE will be granting an extension to all Clients until July 31, 2019 in which to submit their filings. The 7-day grace period remains in effect and will run from the extended due date.

Please note that the extension only applies to CSAs and Source of Funding; the May/June Bi-Monthly Reports are still due July 15, 2019. JCOPE will be sending out additional information in the next week about what filers need to know and expect before submitting their filings. Please watch your email inbox for more.

As always, if you have any questions about navigating the LA, please contact our Lobbying Helpdesk at (518) 408-3976 or by emailing [email protected]. For any questions about what you need to include in your Filings, please contact our Attorney of the Day at 800-87-ETHICS (800-873-8442), and press ‘2’ when prompted.

Additional Clarity on Post-Employment Restrictions
New Advisory Opinion
The Commission has released a new opinion, Advisory Opinion 18-01, to provide more clarity on the post-employment restrictions applied to State officers and employees when they leave State service.  The Commission approved the Advisory Opinion at its October 30, 2018 meeting.

The Public Officers Law’s post-employment restrictions promote the public’s confidence in State government by barring State employees, after leaving State service, from unfairly leveraging relationships and knowledge developed during their employment to unjustly benefit themselves or others. Given their nature, these restrictions are not only of significant interest to every former, current, and future State employee, but to entities that hire such individuals after State service, as well as the public.

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