Are you a lobbyist?
The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1998 defines a lobbyist as "any
individual, firm, association, corporation, partnership, business
trust or business entity that engages in lobbying on behalf of a
principal for economic consideration." Under the act, a lobbyist
or a principal must register with the Ethics Commission within 10
days of acting in any capacity as a lobbyist or principal.
What does that mean to you? Anyone who advises DEP on regulations,
guidelines, policies such as advisory committee members, someone
submitting comments on regulations, policies or guidelines; or people
who petition the Environmental Quality Board to consider a stream
redesignation, may have to meet the new reporting guidelines established
by the act.
To help educate people about these changes, the Citzens Advisory
Council to the Department of Environmental Protection, in cooperation
with the State
Ethics Commission and DEP,
will hold a live Internet chat on March 9 on the GreenWorksChannel
website. Two representatives from the State Ethics Commission will
answer your questions live during two chat sessions -- 2-3 p.m.
and again from 7-8 p.m. You'll also find links to necessary forms
and regulatory information.
For more information on the live chat, contact Sue Wilson, CAC
executive director, at 717 787-4527 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org