LOBBY
Summary of Bills
80th Legislative Session



HB 2195 – Filing Deadline

HB 2195 applies to all reports filed electronically with the Commission.  The bill changes the deadline for filing an electronic report from 5 p.m. to midnight on the day the report is due. Effective 09/01/07



HB 2489 – Compensation and Reimbursement Thresholds

Adds Government Code § 305.005(g-1)
Amends Government Code § 305.003(a); § 305.005(g)

HB 2489 clarifies that the compensation and reimbursement a lobbyist not only receives, but also is entitled to receive under an employment agreement, must be considered in determining when registration is required.  The bill also provides new reporting ranges for a lobbyist to report compensation and reimbursement on a lobby registration.  The bill extends the maximum of the reporting ranges to $500,000 (currently $200,000) and requires a lobbyist to report a specific amount if the $500,000 threshold is exceeded.  Effective 09/01/07



HB 2589 – Corrected Reports

Adds Government Code § 571.0771(c)
Amends Government Code § 571.0771(a) and (b)
Repeals Government Code § 571.0771(b-1) and (b-2)

HB 2589 applies to all reports filed with the Commission.  It provides that a statement, registration, or report (other than a report due 8 days before an election or a special report near election) is not considered late for purposes of a civil penalty if the filer files an affidavit of good faith and a corrected or amended statement, registration, or report not later than 14 business days after the filer learns of the error or omission.  The bill provides that a report due 8 days before an election is not considered late if the Commission determines the report as originally filed substantially complies with the applicable law and the filer files an affidavit of good faith and a corrected report not later than 14 business days after the filer learns of the error or omission.  The bill states that these provisions do not apply to a special report near an election.  The bill provides that the Commission may still impose a penalty on corrected reports covered by the bill through the sworn complaint process and through the audit process.  Effective 09/01/07



HB 2735 – Reporting Lobby Expenditures

Adds Government Code § 305.0021;  § 305.024(c)

HB 2735 applies to a registered lobbyist who joins with one or more other persons to make a lobby expenditure.  The bill provides that the lobbyist reports only the portion of the amount of the joint expenditure attributable to the lobbyist, including any amount made on behalf of the lobbyist by a person who is not a registered lobbyist.  The bill provides that the total value of a joint expenditure may exceed $500, if each portion of the expenditure is made by a registered lobbyist and each portion does not exceed $500.  Effective 09/01/07

 

Last Revision: July 24, 2009

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