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Section 10 Annual reports

Regulation of Lobbying Act 1040/81 (RLA)

(a) Annual reports shall be filed by:

  (1) every lobbyist or public corporation required to file a statement of registration or a periodic report pursuant to section eight or nine of this act;

  (2) any client retaining, employing or designating a lobbyist or lobbyists, whether or not any such lobbyist was required to file a periodic report, if during the year such client expended, received or incurred an amount in excess of two thousand dollars of combined reportable compensation and expenses, as provided in paragraph five of subdivision (c) of this section, for the purposes of lobbying.

  (b) Such report pursuant to paragraph one of subdivision (a) of this section shall be filed with the commission, on forms supplied by the commission, by the fifteenth day of January next following the year for which such report is made and shall contain on an annual cumulative basis all the information required in periodic reports by section eight or nine of this act.

  (c) Such report pursuant to paragraph two of subdivision (a) of this section shall be filed with the commission, on forms supplied by the commission, by the fifteenth day of January next following the year for which such report is made and shall contain:

  (1) the name, address and telephone number of the client;

  (2) the name, address and telephone number of each lobbyist retained, employed or designated by such client;

  (3) a description of the general subject or subjects on which each lobbyist retained, employed or designated by such client has lobbied, and on which such client has lobbied;

  (4) the name of the person, organization, or legislative body before which such client has lobbied;

  (5) (i) the compensation paid or owed to each such lobbyist, and any other expenses paid or incurred by such client for the purpose of lobbying.

  (ii) any expenses required to be reported pursuant to subparagraph (i) of this paragraph shall be listed in the aggregate if seventy-five dollars or less and if more than seventy-five dollars such expenses shall be detailed as to amount, to whom paid, and for what purpose; and where such expenses are more than seventy-five dollars on behalf of any one person, the name of such person shall be listed.

  (iii) for the purposes of this paragraph, expenses shall not include:

  (A) personal sustenance, lodging and travel disbursements of such lobbyist and client;

  (B) expenses, not in excess of five hundred dollars, directly incurred for the printing or other means of reproduction or mailing of letters, memoranda or other written communications.

  (iv) expenses paid or incurred for salaries other than that of the lobbyist shall be listed in the aggregate.

  (v) expenses of more than fifty dollars must be paid by check or substantiated by receipts and such checks and receipts shall be kept on file by such client for a period of three years.

  (d) (1) All such annual reports shall be subject to review by the commission.

  (2) Such annual reports shall be kept on file for a period of three years and shall be open to public inspection during such period.

  * NB Chapter 2 of the laws of 1999 repealed, effective January 1, 2000, the lobbying act as enacted by section 1 of chapter 1040 of the laws of 1981. A new lobbying act was enacted as Article 1-A of the legislative law.

  Section 5 of such chapter 2 transfers all of the functions and powers of the New York temporary state commission on lobbying created by such chapter 1040 to the New York temporary state commission on lobbying created by Article 1-A of the legislative law with respect to receiving the periodic and annual reports required to be filed pursuant to sections 8, 9 and 10 of the repealed chapter 1040. Also, pursuant to section 7 of such chapter 2, any action or proceeding commenced prior to January 1, 2000 under the old lobbying act shall be continued, prosecuted and defended pursuant to the old lobbying act as in effect on December 31, 1999.

  Because of these provisions, the Commission will continue to set out the full text of the repealed lobbying act through December 31, 2000 in order that lobbyists who were subject to the former lobbying act may be adequately apprised of the responsibilities and obligations imposed upon them as continued by sections 5 and 7 of chapter 2 of the laws of 1999.