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Political Involvement in Florida

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Florida

Legislative Branch Definitions

 

“Lobbying” means influencing or attempting to influence legislative action or non-action through oral or written communication or an attempt to obtain the goodwill of a member or employee of the Legislature.

 

Fla. Stat. § 11.045

 

A “lobbyist” is a person who is employed and receives payment, or who contracts for economic consideration, for the purpose of lobbying, or a person who is principally employed for governmental affairs by another person or governmental entity to lobby on behalf of that other person or governmental entity.

 

Fla. Stat. § 11.045

 

A “lobbying firm” is any business entity, including an individual contract lobbyist, which receives or becomes entitled to receive any compensation for the purpose of lobbying, where any partner, owner, officer, or employee of the business entity is a lobbyist.

 

Fla. Stat. § 11.045

 

“Principal” means the person, firm, corporation, or other entity which has employed or retained a lobbyist.

 

Fla. Stat. § 11.045

 

Executive Branch Definitions

 

“Lobbies” means seeking, on behalf of another person, to influence an agency with respect to a decision of the agency in the area of policy or procurement or an attempt to obtain the goodwill of an agency official or employee. “Lobbies” also means influencing or attempting to influence, on behalf of another, the Constitution Revision Commission’s action or non-action through oral or written communication or an attempt to obtain the goodwill of a member or employee of the Constitution Revision Commission.

 

Fla. Stat. § 112.3215(f)

 

A “lobbyist” is a person who is employed and receives payment, or who contracts for economic consideration, for the purpose of lobbying, or a person who is principally employed for governmental affairs by another person or governmental entity to lobby on behalf of that other person or governmental entity.

 

“Lobbyist” does not include a person who is:

  • An attorney, or any person, who represents a client in a judicial proceeding or in a formal administrative proceeding or any other formal hearing before an agency, board, commission, or authority of this state.
  • An employee of an agency or of a legislative or judicial branch entity acting in the normal course of his or her duties.
  • A confidential informant who is providing, or wishes to provide, confidential information to be used for law enforcement purposes.
  • A person who lobbies to procure a contract pursuant to chapter 287 which contract is less than the threshold for CATEGORY ONE as provided in s.017.

 

Fla. Stat. § 112.3215(i)

 

A “lobbying firm” is a business entity, including an individual contract lobbyist, that receives or becomes entitled to receive any compensation for the purpose of lobbying, where any partner, owner, officer, or employee of the business entity is a lobbyist.

 

Fla. Stat. § 112.3215(g)

 

“Principal” means the person, firm, corporation, or other entity which has employed or retained a lobbyist.

 

Fla. Stat. § 112.3215(h)

Florida law requires both legislative and executive lobbyists to register prior to engaging in lobbying. Legislative lobbyists must register annually on January 1st by accessing the online Lobbyist Registration and Compensation Reporting System (LRCRS) at https://www.floridalobbyist.gov/, completing the process, and paying $50 for the first registration of the year and $20 for each additional registration ($25 for the first registration and $10 for each additional registration if registering to lobby before only one chamber). Executive lobbyists must register annually on January 1 by accessing LRCRS, completing the process, and pay a $25 fee per principal.

 

Lobbying firms must file compensation reports through LRCRS for each calendar quarter during any portion of which one or more of the firm’s lobbyists were registered to represent a principal. Due dates for the reports are as follows:

 

Reporting Period                               Filing Deadline
January 1 – March 31                             May 15
April 1 – June 30                                   August 14
July 1 – September 30                       November 14
October 1 – December 31                  February 14

 

Lobbyist Registration and Compensation Reporting System (LRCRS)
https://www.floridalobbyist.gov/

 

Fla. Stat. § 11.045: Lobbying before the Legislature; registration and reporting

 

Fla. Stat. § 112.3215: Lobbying before the executive branch

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