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Section 5 Statement of registration

Regulation of Lobbying Act 1040/81 (RLA)

(a) (1) Every lobbyist shall annually file with the commission, on forms provided by the commission, a statement of registration for each calendar year; provided, however, that the filing of such statement of registration shall not be required of any lobbyist who (i) in any year does not expend, incur or receive an amount in excess of two thousand dollars of reportable compensation and expenses, as provided in paragraph five of subdivision (b) of section eight of this act, for the purposes of lobbying or (ii) is an officer, director, trustee or employee of any public corporation, when acting in such official capacity; provided however, that nothing herein shall be construed to relieve any public corporation of the obligation to file such statements and reports as required by this act.

  (2) Such filing shall be completed on or before January first by those persons who have been retained, employed or designated as lobbyist on or before December fifteenth who reasonably anticipate that in the coming year they will expend, incur or receive combined reportable compensation and expenses in an amount in excess of two thousand dollars; for those lobbyists retained, employed or designated after December fifteenth, and for those lobbyists who subsequent to their retainer, employment or designation reasonably anticipate combined reportable compensation and expenses in excess of such amount, such filing must be completed within fifteen days thereafter, but in no event later than ten days after the actual incurring or receiving of such reportable compensation and expenses.

  (b) Such statements of registration shall be kept on file for a period of three years and shall be open to public inspection during such period.

  (c) Such statement of registration shall contain:

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

  (2) the name, address and telephone number of the client by whom or on whose behalf the lobbyist is retained, employed or designated;

  (3) if such lobbyist is retained or employed pursuant to a written agreement of retainer or employment, a copy of such shall also be attached and if such retainer or employment is oral, a statement of the substance thereof;

  (4) a written authorization from the client by whom the lobbyist is authorized to lobby, unless such lobbyist has filed a written agreement of retainer or employment pursuant to paragraph three of this subdivision;

  (5) a description of the general subject or subjects on which the lobbyist is lobbying or expects to lobby;

  (6) the name of the person, organization, or legislative body before which the lobbyist is lobbying or expects to lobby; and

  (7) if the lobbyist is retained, employed or designated by more than one client, a separate statement of registration shall be required for each such client.

  (d) Any amendment to the information filed by the lobbyist in the original statement of registration shall be submitted to the commission on forms supplied by the commission within ten days after such amendment, however, this shall not require the lobbyist to amend the entire registration form.

  (e) The first statement of registration filed annually by each lobbyist shall be accompanied by a registration fee of fifty dollars except that no registration fee shall be required of a public corporation. No fee shall be required for any subsequent statement of registration filed by a lobbyist during the same lobbying year.

  * 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.