N.Y. Legislative Law Section 1-H
Bi-monthly reports of certain lobbyists


(a)

Any lobbyist required to file a statement of registration pursuant to § 1-E (Statement of registration)section one-e of this article who in any lobbying year reasonably anticipates that during the year such lobbyist will expend, incur or receive combined reportable compensation and expenses in an amount in excess of five thousand dollars, as provided in paragraph five of subdivision (b) of this section, for the purpose of lobbying, shall file with the commission a bi-monthly written report, on forms supplied by the commission, by the fifteenth day next succeeding the end of the reporting period in which the lobbyist was first required to file a statement of registration. Such reporting periods shall be the period of January first to the last day of February, March first to April thirtieth, May first to June thirtieth, July first to August thirty-first, September first to October thirty-first and November first to December thirty-first.

(b)

Such bi-monthly report 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)

the following information on which the lobbyist has lobbied:

(i)

a description of the general subject or subjects, (ii) the legislative bill numbers of any bills, (iii) the numbers or subject matter (if there are no numbers) of gubernatorial executive orders or executive orders issued by the chief executive officer of a municipality, (iv) the subject matter of and tribes involved in tribal-state compacts, memoranda of understanding, or any other state-tribal agreements and any state actions related to class III gaming as provided in 25 U.S.C. § 2701, (v) the rule, regulation, and ratemaking or municipal ordinance or resolution numbers of any rules, regulations, or rates or ordinance or proposed rules, regulations, or rates or municipal ordinances or resolutions, and

(vi)

the titles and any identifying numbers of any procurement contracts and other documents disseminated by a state agency, either house of the state legislature, the unified court system, municipal agency or local legislative body in connection with a governmental procurement;

(4)

the name of the person, organization, or legislative body before which the lobbyist has lobbied;

(5)

(i) the compensation paid or owed to the lobbyist, and any expenses expended, received or incurred by the lobbyist for the purpose of lobbying.

(ii)

expenses required to be reported pursuant to subparagraph (i) of this paragraph shall be listed in the aggregate if seventy-five dollars or less and if more than seventy-five dollars such expenses shall be detailed as to amount, to whom paid, and for what purpose; and where such expense is more than seventy-five dollars on behalf of any one person, the name of such person shall be listed.

(iii)

for the purposes of this paragraph, expenses shall not include: (A) personal sustenance, lodging and travel disbursements of such lobbyist; (B) expenses, not in excess of five hundred dollars in any one calendar year, directly incurred for the printing or other means of reproduction or mailing of letters, memoranda or other written communications.

(iv)

expenses paid or incurred for salaries other than that of the lobbyist shall be listed in the aggregate.

(v)

expenses of more than fifty dollars shall be paid by check or substantiated by receipts and such checks and receipts shall be kept on file by the lobbyist for a period of three years.

(c)

(1) All such bi-monthly reports shall be subject to review by the commission.

(2)

Such bi-monthly reports shall be kept on file for three years and shall be open to public inspection during such time.

(3)

In addition to the filing fees authorized by this article, the commission may impose a fee for late filing of a bi-monthly report required by this section not to exceed twenty-five dollars for each day that the report required to be filed is late, except that if the lobbyist making a late filing has not previously been required by statute to file such a report, the fee for late filing shall not exceed ten dollars for each day that the report required to be filed is late.

(4)

Any lobbyist registered pursuant to § 1-E (Statement of registration)section one-e of this article whose lobbying activity is performed on its own behalf and not pursuant to retention by a client:

(i)

that has spent over fifteen thousand dollars in the aggregate for reportable compensation and expenses for lobbying, either during the calendar year, or during the twelve-month period, prior to the date of this bi-monthly report, and

(ii)

at least three percent of whose total expenditures during the same period were devoted to lobbying in New York shall report to the commission the names of each source of funding that has contributed over two thousand five hundred dollars from a single source that were used to fund the lobbying activities reported and the amount of each contribution received from each identified source of funding; provided, however, that amounts received from each identified source of funding shall not be required to be disclosed if such amounts constitute membership dues, fees, or assessments charged by the reporting entity to enable an individual or entity to be a member of the reporting entity. This disclosure shall not require disclosure of the sources of funding whose disclosure, in the determination of the commission based upon a review of the relevant facts presented by the reporting lobbyist, may cause harm, threats, harassment, or reprisals to the source or to individuals or property affiliated with the source. The reporting lobbyist may appeal the commission’s determination and such appeal shall be heard by a judicial hearing officer who is independent and not affiliated with or employed by the commission, pursuant to regulations promulgated by the commission. The reporting lobbyist shall not be required to disclose the sources of funding that are the subject of such appeal pending final judgment on appeal. The disclosure shall not apply to:

(i)

any corporation registered pursuant to article seven-A of the executive law that is qualified as an exempt organization by the United States Department of the Treasury under I.R.C. § 501(c)(3); provided, however, that this disclosure shall apply to any in-kind donations of staff, staff time, personnel, offices, office supplies, financial support of any kind or any other resources to any corporation or entity that is qualified as an exempt organization by the United States Department of the Treasury under I.R.C. 501(c)(4) when such in-kind donations are over two thousand five hundred dollars and from any corporation or entity that is qualified as an exempt organization by the United States Department of the Treasury under I.R.C. 501(c)(3). In such case the entity receiving such in-kind donations shall disclose the fair market value and identify the I.R.C. 501(c)(3) entity providing such in-kind donations and give notice within a reasonable time to the 501(c)(3) entity that it shall be required to file a report with the department of law pursuant to Executive Law § 172-E (Disclosure of certain donations by charitable non-profit entities)section one hundred seventy-two-e of the executive law;

(ii)

any corporation registered pursuant to article seven-A of the executive law that is qualified as an exempt organization by the United States Department of the Treasury under I.R.C. § 501(c)(4) and whose primary activities concern any area of public concern determined by the commission to create a substantial likelihood that application of this disclosure requirement would lead to harm, threats, harassment, or reprisals to a source of funding or to individuals or property affiliated with such source, including but not limited to the area of civil rights and civil liberties and any other area of public concern determined pursuant to regulations promulgated by the commission to form a proper basis for exemption on this basis from this disclosure requirement; or

(iii)

any governmental entity. The commission on ethics and lobbying in government shall promulgate regulations to implement these requirements.

Source: Section 1-H — Bi-monthly reports of certain lobbyists, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/LEG/1-H (updated Jul. 15, 2022; accessed Jun. 8, 2024).

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Jun. 8, 2024

Last modified:
Jul. 15, 2022

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