Proposed Regulations and Guidance
This page is where you will find regulations and guidance that have been proposed by the Commission and are awaiting public comment or otherwise pending approval. It will also include staff proposals that have yet not been voted on by the Commissioners but which are going through an informal comment process to generate feedback before they are submitted for the onset of the formal SAPA process.
Proposed Revisions to and Public Comments on Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations and Source of Funding Regulations
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“Commission”) has commenced a formal rulemaking under the State Administrative Procedure Act ("SAPA") to consider revisions to the Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations (19 NYCRR Part 943) and Source of Funding regulations (Part 938). A public comment period will run until September 13, 2020, after which the Commission may opt to take further action, i.e. revise the proposal or vote on whether to promulgate the regulations. Any substantive changes will result in an additional 45-day public comment period.
While the proposal includes a host of revisions to the two sets of regulations, the most prominent changes relate to the definition of "designated lobbyist", direct lobbying activities by volunteers, grassroots lobbying, and coalitions. Proposed changes to the Source of Funding regulations address segregated funds for non-New York activites and reporting of anonymous contributions.
The Commission has specifically requested comments on the effectiveness and value of existing and proposed regulatory provisions relating to lobbying coalitions as well as those governing the use of stock and equity as compensation for lobbying services.
All comments should be direct to Carol Quinn, Deputy Director of Lobbying Guidance, at [email protected].