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  • NJ A380
  • Requires governmental affairs agents retained by government entities to file certain reports with ELEC; requires certain government entities retaining governmental affairs agents to file annual reports with ELEC.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
Currently, governmental affairs agents who are employed, retained or engaged to influence legislation, regulations or governmental processes are required to file a notice of representation and provide quarterly and annual reports with the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) on activities and expenditures of such representation pursuant to the "Legislative and Governmental Process Activities Disclosure Act," P.L.1971, c.138 (C.52:13C-18 et seq.). The acts of officers or employees of government entities in carrying out their duties are excluded, pursuant to section 10 of P.L.1971, c.138 (C.52:13C-27). However, governmental affairs agents who are retained by a governing board of a public research university or a State college are required to file a notice of representation and quarterly and annual reports with ELEC. This bill would require that governmental affairs agents who are employed, retained, or engaged to represent a department, division, agency, board, bureau, office, commission, authority, or any other instrumentality of the government of this State or of a political subdivision of the State would also be required to file a notice of representation and quarterly and annual reports with ELEC. The requirement would only apply to governmental affairs agents who are retained to influence legislation, regulations, or governmental processes. It would not apply to a person performing services in the course of employment as an officer or employee of the governmental entity. In addition, this bill would require a government entity that employs, retains or engages a governmental affairs agent to file annual reports with regard to representation by such agents. In addition to the information required to be provided in such an annual report, the report must: (1) describe the justification and purpose for retaining the agent; (2) explain why an officer or employee of the government entity cannot provide the same service as the agent; (3) explain why other available resources or means, such a cooperative efforts among government entities, cannot provide the same service as the agent; (4) describe the terms of the agreement with the agent, including total anticipated cost of the agreement; (5) explain why the schedule or method of payment set forth in the agreement was deemed appropriate; and (6) describe the result achieved by the agent.
Judiciary
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified