§ 33.3. Lobbyist registration.

 (a)  Unless exempt under section 1306 of the act (relating to exemption from registration and reporting), a lobbyist shall register with the Commission within 10 days of acting in any capacity as a lobbyist.

   (1)  Accepting an engagement to lobby constitutes acting in the capacity of a lobbyist.

   (2)  Engaging in lobbying constitutes acting in the capacity of a lobbyist.

   (3)  When a firm, association, corporation, partnership, business trust or business entity is engaged as a lobbyist, it and each of its members or employes that engage in lobbying on behalf of the principal shall register with the Commission, unless exempt under section 1306 of the act.

 (b)  A lobbyist shall register by filing a ‘‘registration statement’’ with the Commission on a form prescribed by the Commission which shall include and disclose the following information:

   (1)  The name, permanent business address and daytime telephone number of the lobbyist.

   (2)  A passport-sized (approximately 2 inches x 2 inches) photograph of the lobbyist which photograph shall be of reasonable clarity and shall have been taken within 2 years of the date of registration, except that if the lobbyist is not an individual, a photograph is not required.

   (3)  The name, permanent business address and daytime telephone number of the principal the lobbyist represents.

   (4)  The name, registration number and acronyms of ‘‘affiliated political action committees,’’ as defined in section 1303 of the act (relating to definitions) as to the lobbyist or the lobbyist’s employes, or both.

 (c)  For each address that is to be disclosed on a registration statement, the filer shall include the mailing address and may, at the filer’s option, include the street address, if different. If no street address is supplied, the registrant shall be deemed to have waived personal service where such service is required by law. The filer may, at the filer’s option, also include a fax number or electronic mail address.

 (d)  The registration statement shall include the lobbyist’s consent to receive service of notices, other official mailings or process at addresses listed in the registration statement on file with the Commission.

 (e)  The registration statement shall include a statement that the lobbyist has received, read and understands the requirements and prohibitions of sections 1304, 1305 and 1307 of the act (relating to registration; reporting; and prohibited activities) and section 1105(b)(6) and (7) of the Ethics Act (relating to statement of financial interests).

 (f)  A lobbyist required to be registered under the act shall file a separate registration statement for each principal represented. A lobbyist registering on behalf of an association shall not be required to register on behalf of each individual member of that association, except as to such members of the association whom the lobbyist represents in an individual capacity.

 (g)  A lobbyist will not be considered registered until the completed registration statement, in proper form as required by the act and this section, is received by the Commission.

 (h)  Unless terminated, each registration statement filed under the act shall be effective from the date of filing through the final day of the registration period then in effect. The lobbyist shall file new registration statements after that date, to the extent the lobbyist is required to be registered under the act and this section.

Cross References

   This section cited in 51 Pa. Code §  33.2 (relating to principal registration).



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