Lobbying Commission Delay Explained
January 18th, 2011
Right as we speak, the City Council is voting to approve four of the five members to sit on a lobbying commission charged with examining the effects of the city’s lobbying law overhaul in 2006.
The panel, however, is nearly three years late.
Chaired by former council member Herbert Berman, the panel was supposed to be called in 2008. When we wrote about it in August, adminsitration officials said the approval of the city’s subsequent pay to play law in 2007, which restricted contributions by lobbyists, delayed its implementation.
Today, Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the delay was attributed to finding the right people.
“We wanted to find a diverse group of commissioners,” said Quinn.
Both the mayor and the council select the commission’s members. Those commissioners include, Berman, Jamila Ponton Bragg, Lesley Horton and Margaret Morton. The final commissioner should be appointed soon.
The commission will likely examine how the lobbying law affects small nonprofits, who have struggled to comply with all of the city’s robust reporting requirements.By Courtney Gross on January 18, 2011, 3:29 pm
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