Are You a Lobbyist? Maybe, According to New Broward County Ethics Ordinance
A potential lobbyist
A town council member in Southwest Ranches has refused to talk to his constituents about town matters, citing a new ethics ordinance that was approved last Tuesday night by the Broward County Commission.
Monday night would not work for me. I have a non-town commitment on that night. However, there is now a bigger issue. I am not sure if you have read about the ethics ordinance that was passed on first reading by the Broward County Commission on Tuesday evening. Basically they have defined a lobbyist as someone that wants to discuss a town issue, whether they are compensated or not. Therefore, basically all residents, if they wish to discuss ANY issue, other than something that only individually affects them, as a lobbyist. Before the conversation takes place, the lobbyist will need to register as a lobbyist and pay the lobbyist fee. (emphasis added) It is insanity!
No resolution has been adopted. It has no force. So, you can meet with us.Further, we are NOT lobbyists, we are resident taxpayers seeking redress of our local government. We will NEVER register as lobbyists so that we can discuss town issues with a direct impact on us. This is a continued assault on the democratic process and open government. I will not stand for this.
"Elected officials should avoid even the appearance of impropriety in their interaction and dealings with lobbyists... To promote full and complete transparency, lobbyists... who intend to meet or otherwise communicate with an Elected Official for the purpose of engaging in lobbying activities... must legibly complete a contact log..."
"Lobbying... means a communication, by any means, from a lobbyist to a covered individual regarding any item that will foreseeably be decided by a final decision making authority..."Lobbyist means a person who is retained, with or without compensation, for the purpose of lobbying... 'Lobbyist' does not include a person who is... an individual who communicates on his or her own behalf..."
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