Staff Proposal: Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“Commission”) has released a staff proposal for a set of comprehensive lobbying regulations, the first time that existing guidelines and decades of advisory opinions have been compiled in one place in New York.

Click here to view Proposed Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations and click here to view accompanying Proposed Changes to Source of Funding Disclosure.

The proposal will provide a “one-stop shop” for information about the rules and requirements associated with lobbying in New York. Designed to close loopholes that have evolved over time, the regulations will capture more and better information about the targets of lobbying activities and the real clients of lobbyists. 

The regulations take into account the use of ever-changing technology in conducting lobbying campaigns. They also streamline reporting requirements, providing more clarity about the requirements related to consultants, grassroots lobbying, sources of funding, and the use of new media for lobbying purposes.

The Commission is seeking comment and input from the lobbying community, good government groups, and the public. It conducted a public hearing on the subject in New York City on December 7, 2016, which can be viewed by clicking here. Led by Executive Director Seth H. Agata and Commissioners Seymour Knox, Dawn Smalls, J. Gerard McAuliffe Jr., Hon. Renee Roth, Gary Lavine, and Hon. Eileen Koretz, the hearing featured testimony from the following:

Additional written testimony/comment was submitted by:

Press Release

Public Comments

Comments Received



Meetings

During the open public comment period, Commission staff also met or had discussions with stakeholders in the regulated community, at their request, including the following: