BOSTON, MA: CITY ADOPTS NEW LOBBYING ORDINANCE
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh recently signed into law a new lobbyist ordinance, which generally requires any person attempting to influence legislative, administrative, or procurement matters to register as lobbyists and file quarterly disclosure reports.
This comes after Mayor Walsh vetoed an earlier version of the ordinance in July citing “inadequate” enforcement mechanisms. The new law carries a steep civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation.
The ordinance, which takes effect April 13, 2019, does not provide a minimum threshold for registration so it is very important for government affairs teams and sales team to assess their local activity in Boston to proactively address any lobby registration requirements to avoid steep penalties with this new law.
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