Lobbying is an attempt to influence government decision-making. Legislative Law Article 1-A, also known as the “Lobbying Act”, requires the registration and reporting of individuals and organizations that either spend, or anticipate spending, more than the lobbying threshold on efforts to influence certain government activities including legislation, executive orders, regulations, and governmental procurements.
JCOPE promotes transparency of lobbying activities through oversight and disclosure of the expenses, compensation, and activities of registered lobbyists and their clients. JCOPE does not limit lobbying efforts. All lobbying reports required by Legislative Law Article 1-A, known as the “Lobbying Act,” are publicly available filings.
... the operation of responsible democratic government requires that the fullest opportunity be afforded to the people to petition their government for the redress of grievances and to express freely to appropriate officials their opinions on legislation and governmental operations; and that, to preserve and maintain the integrity of the governmental decision-making process in this state, it is necessary that the identity, expenditures and activities of persons and organizations retained, employed or designated to influence the passage or defeat of any legislation...be publicly and regularly disclosed.
Any filings due between February 17 and March 9 will be automatically granted an extension to March 31. Additionally, the March 15 lobbying bi-monthly report deadline is also extended to March 31.
The information security officials at ITS have completed their forensic review process, which attempts to retrace the malicious activity step-by-step. Although no direct or circumstantial evidence of any unauthorized access of user data or credit card information has been found, any evidence or other indication suggesting unlawful use of user information will be handled in accordance with state cyber-security laws.
JCOPE will continue to work with other state agencies, including the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection, to ensure that any affected users are contacted and all legal obligations are met.
Local Lobbying and the Lobbying Act: An Examination of Lobbying Laws on Land Use
JCOPE New York Law School Fall 2021 CLE Conference
On December 2, 2021, the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics and the Center for City Law at New York Law School presented a virtual CLE panel, ""Local Lobbying and the Lobbying Act: An Examination of Lobbying Laws on Land Use", to examine the application of the New York State Lobbying Act and local lobbying laws to land use with a particular focus on: what constitutes lobbying, what triggers reportable lobbying, and what factors should be considered when analyzing lobbying laws in the land use context.