New Municipal Code Requires Lobbyist Registration
September 6, 2016
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – In the City’s continuing efforts to promote transparency, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2511 (CCS) requiring lobbyists to register with the City Clerk’s office beginning September 19, 2016. All lobbyists must register no later than ten days after qualifying as a lobbyist, and any changes to the registration information must be reported within ten days of the change. Registration is valid through June 30th and must be renewed annually. The registration fee is $40 and renewal and amendments are $25.
As defined in Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 4.85.010, a lobbyist is any individual who receives economic consideration as the employee, representative, or contractor of a person or entity, other than the City of Santa Monica, for communicating with any official or employee of the City for the purpose of influencing a legislative or administrative action. “Lobbyist” does not include City contractors and those seeking City contracts through bids and proposals.
Registration forms are now available online at smgov.net/lobbyist or in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA.
For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 310-458-8211.