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 District 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 District or knowingly submitted false information in registration.
To complete registration, please fill out the lobbyist registration form and principal’s authorization according to the instructions in the link below. Both completed documents should be submitted to the District’s Contracts and Procurement Coordinator. NOTE: A separate registration must be submitted to each water management district that an individual intends to lobby.
- Chapter 2014-183 (Florida Statute 112.3261) (PDF)
- Florida Statute 112.3215 – Executive Branch Lobbying
- Chapter 34-12 Executive Branch Lobbyist Registration Rules (DOC)
- Business Classification Info (NAICS)
A list of persons registered as lobbyists with the District is maintained by the Contracts and Procurement Coordinator and updated as new and renewal completed registrations are received.
- Lobbyists registered with the District
- A list of lobbyists registered with the District from 2019 and later
- Florida House of Representatives Rule 17.1(i) Disclosure
- "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.)