ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - On June 10, 2014, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners enacted a Lobbyist Registration Ordinance. The ordinance requires registration of all lobbyists who engage in efforts to influence the Board on matters within its official jurisdiction. Prior to engaging in lobbying, each lobbyist will be required to file a registration statement with the Alachua County Clerk of the Court which contains general identification information as to the lobbyist and their client(s). Even if lobbying only on an occasional basis, it is important that the lobbying rules are followed.
The intent and purpose of the ordinance reads:
The County Commission of Alachua County, Florida, hereby determines and declares that the operation of responsible government requires that the fullest opportunity be afforded to the people to petition their county government for the redress of grievances and to express freely to the elected officials their opinions on legislation and other actions and issues; and that to preserve and maintain the integrity of the governmental decision-making process, it is necessary that the identity and activities of certain persons who engage in efforts to influence county commissioners, on matters within its official jurisdiction, either by direct communication or by solicitation of others to engage in such efforts, be publicly and regularly disclosed.
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For more information, contact Alachua County Manager’s Chief of Staff, Sean McLendon at 352-374-5204.