Dates by Which Legislative Registration Must Be Completed

Ron Book

August 3, 2022

Legislative Registration

There are significant legislative registration deadlines that you need to be aware of, regardless of whether you work as a lobbyist professionally or are just a general public member. The first one takes place in December of the year before the registration. After that, in January, you must complete the annual registration form, which should have been finished by December 15 of the year before the registration year. In a similar vein, clients of lobbyist entities are required to submit their annual registration form to the state secretary by December 15 of the preceding year prior to submitting their testimony.

As a component of a broader lobbying campaign, legislative registration will continue to be available.

A person must first submit a completed Registration Statement in order to become registered as a lobbyist. This document is required to include the name and business address of the individual who is allowed to sign the document, in addition to any additional contact information that may be relevant to the person. After that, the person registering is required to make a list of the different subject areas where they want to influence legislative activity. After registering, they are required to specify the number of members they have and the activities in which they participate.

The registrant is required to give the name of the client who employs the lobbyist, as well as the lobbyist’s permanent and temporary addresses, as well as his or her permanent and temporary telephone numbers if the individual is hired by a public body. Additionally, the name and business address of any individual who has access to the registrant’s records are included in the registration as well. As a component of a broader lobbying campaign, legislative registration will continue to be available.

The United States Attorney’s Office is in charge of its administration.

The Justice Against Corruption Act of the Department of Justice, which was responsible for the enactment of these laws, has made the Legislative Registration Due Dates more strict. According to the new legislation, anyone who is eligible to register must do so within forty-five days after being hired or retained by a government agency. The revised regulations further define the definition of covered officials and include provisions for the listing of lobbyists and affiliated organizations.

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Corporation “C” does not have a lobbyist on staff. A worker identified as “X” reached out to her representative in Congress and spent 25 percent of her time addressing the matter with him. Her assignment to follow up with the congressman and provide a report was given to her in August of 2015. On August 5, 2015, the company submitted its registration paperwork.

There is a distinction to be made between an official alliance and an unofficial one. If a lobbyist chooses to register as an individual, it is possible that they will not be allowed to participate in the coalition. In this scenario, a registered lobbyist is required to use an identity that both reveals them to be a person and indicates that they are part of an informal coalition. In addition, it is the responsibility of the United States Attorney’s Office to investigate whether or not those who register to comply with the provisions of the law.