City sets date on lobbying reform hearing

Tallahassee City Commission: lobbying regulations
Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 7:14 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2022 at 7:40 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - After approving lobbying reforms for who can and cannot lobby before the city on behalf of issues and approving an increase in the fee required to do so a new public hearing on the regulations was set Wednesday.

The city commission approved Sept. 21 as the only public hearing on the new lobbying regulations.

Back in July the city increased the lobbyist registration fee to $250, that ordinance had its final hearing and adoption at the meeting Wednesday and will go into effect on Jan. 1.

The new reforms also banned lobbyist for ten years if they’re convicted of bribery, theft or honor services fraud. That ordinance will have a final hearing at the next city commission meeting.

Last month, Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox called for the lobbying fee to be as high as $500 and a ban of at least 20 years for those convicted of bribery, theft or honor services fraud.