Registering as a Retirement System Lobbyist

A Retirement System lobbyist is a person who is lobbying one or all of Ohio’s five state retirement systems: Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS); State Teachers Retirement System (STRS); School Employees Retirement System (SERS); Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System (HPRS); Ohio … Continue reading

Registration Timelines

Once the percentage of compensated time threshold is met triggering lobbying registration on behalf of an entity; the following timeline must be followed for the registration process: Initial Registration Statements- The appropriate Initial Registration Statements (Executive, Legislative, Retirement) must be … Continue reading

NCAA Basketball Tournament

Several rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament are taking place in Ohio cities this week.  The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee would like to remind both lobbyists and the employers of lobbyists as well as Members of the General Assembly (“Members”) … Continue reading

Agent Registration Cards

Lobbying registration cards for 2011 were mailed last week. If you did not receive your card, please access your OLAC account to confirm that you are registered for 2011 and that the agent contact information you entered is correct.  A … Continue reading

Joint Legislative Ethics Committee Members

The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee is comprised of twelve Members of the General Assembly, six each from the two major political parties from each Chamber.  You can view the JLEC Members from the 129th General Assembly at www.ohiolobbying.com by selecting … Continue reading

Lists of Currently Registered Lobbyists and Employers of Lobbyists Now Available

In accordance with O.R.C. §101.78, §121.68 and §101.98 the Office of the Legislative Inspector General is making available a list of currently registered lobbyists, and a list of employers of lobbyists  as of 02/28/2011.  To access the lists of currently … Continue reading

2011 Registration Renewal Reminder

All signature pages for 2011 renewed engagements are due by Tuesday February 22, 2011. Keep in mind that as lobbying engagements are processed by our office, they will be available on the Agent & Employer Search function in OLAC.

Reporting of Plaques & Awards

Often, organizations and entities will present Members of the General Assembly with ‘Legislator of the Year’ awards or plaques in recognition of the Member’s public service.  These types of plaques and awards are almost always valued in excess of $75 … Continue reading

Reporting Gifts from Multiple Sources

If you make a reportable expenditure in conjunction with other persons or entities, you are only required to report your proportionate share. However, you may not separate expenditures that are really a single gift to reach the conclusion that the gift … Continue reading

Lobbying Registration Threshholds

The three main triggers for lobbyist registration are: Compensation – you must receive something of value in exchange for your efforts; Direct Communication – may be either written or verbal; and Amount of compensated time lobbying –  Legislative – 5% … Continue reading