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New York City Updates Lobbying Laws: Broader Coverage, Higher Thresholds – How Will These Changes Affect You?

Introduction - In 2006, New York City adopted a series of revisions to the City’s lobbying laws. Those amendments included a mandate that the City appoint a commission to review the lobbying laws and evaluate whether the City should make further changes to strengthen the administration and...

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Recent Changes to New York Election Law and Government Ethics Laws to Affect Organizations Involved in Political Advocacy as well as Public Officials

Continuing the recent trend, New York State has again enacted changes to New York’s election and government ethics laws in order to “restore public trust” in government. These “reforms,” which are likely to affect advocacy organizations, public officials, candidates, committees...

Obama Administration Scales Back Ban On Lobbyists Serving On Federal Advisory Committees

By William H. Minor The Obama Administration, which has proudly touted its restrictions on the activities of federal lobbyists, has taken a small step toward rolling back one such provision. The Office of Management and Budget released new guidance, published in the Federal Register on August 13...

New York State Lobbyists Required to Complete Training Before End of 2014

As a result of broad ethics reform legislation enacted in 2011, the New York State Legislative Law mandates that the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE or the Commission) “provide an online ethics training course for individuals registered as lobbyists.” The law further...

Nassau County Adopts New Lobbying Registration and Reporting Requirements

Broad New Disclosures Impacting Vendors, Contractors and Lobbyists Effective Immediately Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano issued two Executive Orders on May 15, 2015, which, for the first time impose broad lobbying disclosure requirements on contractors and vendors, prospective contractors...