Lobbying

Why is the 10 day non-disputed notice important?

Ohio law requires a lobbyist or employer who makes an itemized expenditure (where the recipient’s name is disclosed) to provide non-disputed notice to the recipient at least 10 days prior to filing the corresponding activity & expenditure report.  The non-disputed … Continue reading

Fixing Online Errors When Filing Electronically

The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee (JLEC), strives to offer the most effective and efficient service to our registered lobbyists. Recently, we have seen a few common issues arise when uploading electronic documents: The filer is not uploading the signature page. … Continue reading

We’re Still Available (COVID19 – JLEC Staff Status Through May 4)

Please be advised that JLEC staff will be available remotely during normal business hours and able to assist you.  At this time, we will not be able to process physical checks or signature pages.  All forms and payments must be … Continue reading

2020 National Political Party Nominating Conventions

Members of the Ohio General Assembly, legislative staff, statewide public officials, and executive agency staff may be in attendance at the presidential nominating convention for their respective political parties later this summer.  Ohio lobbyists and their employers may also be … Continue reading

Registration Renewal is Live and Electronic Payment Will Expedite Your Experience!

For the first time, OLAC will accept electronic payment for registration renewals. This means if you pay electronically you will not need to print and mail anything to our office. A lobbyist may pay individually, by client, or simply select … Continue reading

“Invited” is not the same as “will not kick you out”

Recently, JLEC staff learned of lobbyists and employers treating receptions and football tailgates as “all invited” events for lobbying expenditure reporting purposes even though few legislators are invited to attend. The rationale offered is while only a few House or … Continue reading

Electronic Payment Now Available

You may have noticed some changes in OLAC recently as we are consistently working to make the online filing system more user-friendly. Along with a variety of other new features, lobbyists can now pay for registrations electronically with VISA, MasterCard, … Continue reading

Having Trouble Filing?

Are you trying to file an Employer lobbying report and having issues adding items in the OLAC system?  If you are experiencing issues adding items to reports you are likely using the Chrome browser.  Switching to a browser other than … Continue reading

Got Paper?

In an ongoing effort to expedite and increase filing transparency, we present: Upload Signature Page. Upon the completion of an initial registration, you will find at the bottom of the page the ‘Attach Signature Page’ feature.  This allows the agent … Continue reading

Expenditure Basics

An expenditure is any payment, reimbursement or gift of anything of value provided by a lobbyist or an employer for the use or benefit of a reportable person regardless of the purpose for which it is given.  An expenditure includes: … Continue reading