The Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved an Ordinance relating to lobbying activities. This Ordinance expands the activities for which a person must register as a lobbyist with Broward County and the penalties for violating the registration and reporting requirements of the Broward County Lobbyist Registration Act.
Online Lobbyist Registration
Broward County has launched Online Lobbyist Registration. The current lobbyist registration period ends on June 30, at which time registration will automatically expire and, effective July 1, 2009, lobbyist registration will be online.
Online registration offers several benefits, including:
- 24/7 access to update or change registration information through a password-protected login
- the ability to update, add or remove clients from registration (profiles will be automatically updated)
- the ability to use keywords to search the database for lobbyist information and client representation
- expedited, paperless registration
Cone of Silence
The Broward County Board of Commissioners adopted a Cone of Silence Ordinance which substantially restricts vendors and vendor representatives (including lobbyists) from communicating with County Commissioners, County Administration, Selection/Evaluation Committee members and other staff members involved in making a recommendation or a decision in the award of a contract pursuant to a competitive solicitation. For County Commissioners, the Cone of Silence begins at the time of bid opening for an Invitation to Bid (ITB) and the first meeting of the Selection /Evaluation Committee (Short Listing) for a Request for Letters of Interest (RLI) or a Request for Proposal (RFP). For staff, the Cone of Silence begins at the time of the advertisement of the solicitation for an ITB and at the time the Selection/Evaluation Committee is approved for a RLI or RFP.
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