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New Enforcement Rules for Lobbyist Registration

Enforcement Rules for Lobbyist Registration
Posted on 01/13/2022

The Aurora City Council approved an ordinance this week that updates the city's lobbyist reporting requirements, including the implementation of rules for enforcement.

The city initially passed an ordinance in 2021 that requires any person or organization lobbying in Aurora to register with the Aurora City Clerk's Office prior to conducting any lobbying activities.

Registration for both individuals and organizations is available at AuroraGov.org/Lobby. Lobbyists must file a registration annually by Jan. 15, or before conducting any lobbying. City officers, city employees and city board members acting in their official capacity are not required to register.

Lobbyists are required to file financial reports disclosing any income or expenditures made from lobbying. Reports must be filed by April 15, July 15, Oct. 15 and Jan. 15.

Lobbying in the city of Aurora requires any person or organization to comply with all requirements in the Aurora Revised Municipal Code Chapter II, Article IX. All lobbyists and any individual communicating directly with or soliciting others to communicate with a covered official for the purposes of influence or to persuade the covered official shall file registration statements and quarterly financial reports with the City Clerk. A complete list of covered officials is available in the Lobbyist Registration Guide at AuroraGov.org/Lobby.

The City Clerk will accept complaints regarding compliance starting Jan. 16. The City Clerk's Office focused on education and compliance in the regulation of lobbyists during the year the ordinance took effect. Lobbyists will not be subject to revocation, suspension nor sanctions for any violations in 2021.

Moving forward, noncompliance with any aspect of the A.C.C Article IX Regulation of Lobbyists may require the Aurora city clerk to deny a certificate or registration. The city clerk may impose a fine or bar or suspend a certified registration.

For more information, visit AuroraGov.org/Lobby or email [email protected]. To access the registration system, visit AuroraGov.org/Lobby.

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