19A.05.02.06

.06 Lobbying.

A. Lobbying Registration.

(1) To be substantially similar to the Public Ethics Law, the regulations shall require, at a minimum, that a person register as a lobbyist with the entity responsible for implementing the regulations on the form provided by the entity if the person provides members of the school board, school officials, or school employees with food, entertainment, or other gifts exceeding an amount specified in the regulations during a period specified in the regulations in connection with efforts to influence official school board or school system actions.

(2) The regulations shall require that a lobbyist registration:

(a) Identify the lobbyist, the subject matters on which the lobbyist will lobby, and any other person for whom the lobbyist lobbies; and

(b) Cover a defined period of time, as specified in the regulations.

B. The regulations shall require periodic disclosure, including identification of recipients of food, entertainment, and gifts to members of the school board, school officials, and school employees from a lobbyist when the cumulative value of the gifts exceeds an amount specified in the regulations.

C. The regulations may adopt provisions similar to the lobbying provisions of General Provisions, Title 5, Subtitle 7, Annotated Code of Maryland, including:

(1) Compensation-based registration criteria;

(2) A requirement to report compensation received by a lobbyist for lobbying activities;

(3) Lobbying registration and reporting requirements for lobbying related to regulations and procurement; and

(4) Registration requirements similar to General Provisions Article, §5-701(1), Annotated Code of Maryland.

D. To be substantially similar to the Public Ethics Law, the regulations shall provide that lobbying registrations and reports are public records and are available for public inspection and copying.