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NOTICE – Lobbyist Registration

Effective July 1, 2014, a person may not lobby the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) until such person has registered as a lobbyist by filing a registration form and paying an annual registration fee of $40.00. The renewal deadline with a $40.00 registration fee is December 31 annually to lobby before the SRWMD.

Registration

Forms

Reference Information

Registered Lobbyists

A list of persons registered as lobbyists with the SRWMD is maintained by the Contracts and Procurement Coordinator and updated as new and renewal completed registrations are received.


Contacts

For more information, contact:

Gwen Lord
Contracts and Procurement Coordinator
386.362.1001


During its 2014 session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 846 creating Florida Statute 112.3261 entitled "Lobbying before water management districts; registration and reporting." Effective July 1, 2014, the bill requires each water management district in Florida to:

  • Develop a lobbyist registration process
  • Post a database to the district's website of currently registered lobbyists/principals
  • Be diligent to ascertain whether persons required to register have complied
  • Not knowingly authorize a person who is not registered to lobby the district

A person may not lobby the SRWMD until such person has registered as a lobbyist with the Contracts and Procurement Coordinator. Such registration shall be due upon initially being retained to lobby and is renewable on a calendar-year basis thereafter. The Florida Commission on Ethics has the authority to investigate sworn complaints that a lobbyist or principal failed to register with the SRWMD or knowingly submitted false information in a registration.

When registering, the person provides a statement that he/she is authorized to lobby on behalf of the group or business (known as the principal), including providing the name and business address, names of each principal, area of interest, and any direct or indirect business association, partnership and financial relationship the principal or lobbyist may have with any SRWMD Governing Board Member and/or employee.

To complete registration, the SRWMD will accept payment of the applicable registration fee and a completed lobbyist registration form filed with the Contracts and Procurement Coordinator. Note: A separate registration form must be sent to each water management district that an individual plans to lobby.

Changes or Cancellations

Lobbyists must promptly notify the SRWMD of any changes pertaining to the registration to the SRWMD on the Change or Cancellation Form.

Definitions

  • "Lobbies" is defined as seeking to influence a district policy or procurement decision or an attempt to obtain the goodwill of a district official or employee. (112.3261(1)(b), Florida Statutes [F.S.])
  • "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. (112.3215(1)(h), F.S.)

For details, see Chapter 2014-183, Laws of Florida.