The County of Santa Clara
California

Resolution
BOS-2014-28

Adopt Resolution establishing fees relating to the Lobbyist Registry. (Roll Call Vote)

Information

Department:Clerk of the BoardSponsors:
Category:Resolution

Body

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS

By using the County full cost recovery methodology to determine the filling fee, The Clerk of the Board will be reimbursed for all registration processing activities inquired through the implementation of the Lobbyist Registry. Specific expenditures and revenues will be part of the FY 15 recommended budget.

CONTRACT HISTORY

Not applicable.

REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION

At the February 25, 2014 Board of Supervisors’ meeting, the Board adopted (final) Ordinance No. NS-19.42, which repealed Chapter VII of Division A3 of the County of Santa Clara Ordinance Code and enacted a new Chapter VII of Division A3 relating to lobbying. Section A3-65 requires lobbyists to pay an annual registration fee at the time of initial registration or annual registration, a late fee if the fee is not paid at the time of registration or registration renewal, and a late fee for failure to file the required quarterly activity report timely. The Board must adopt a resolution adopting a fee schedule as a result of adoption of the ordinance.

CHILD IMPACT

The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on children or youth.

SENIOR IMPACT

The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on seniors.

SUSTAINABILITY IMPLICATIONS

The recommended action will have no/neutral sustainability implications.

BACKGROUND

At its September 24, 2013 meeting, the Board asked County Counsel to survey other jurisdictions, review and evaluate their rules and regulations governing lobbying, and propose amendments to Santa Clara County’s (County) lobbying ordinance. County Counsel prepared a report that analyzed the County’s current lobbying ordinance and the approaches taken by other California jurisdictions and presented it to the Board on November 26, 2013. Subsequently, the County Counsel’s office prepared a supplemental memorandum with a streamlined approach tailored to meet the County’s needs. At its December 17, 2013 meeting, the Board directed County Counsel to draft an ordinance as outlined in the supplemental memorandum. On February 25, 2014, Ordinance No. NS-19.42 was adopted (final) and staff was directed to perform a study and draft a fee schedule for consideration by the Board.

Following direction from the Controller-Treasurer’s Office, the fee amount derived is based on the productive hourly rate applied to the average time calculated to completely process a new lobbyist registration form as determined through a time-study, including registration form review, fee collection and handling, and posting to the web site of the registration form and quarterly activity report.

 

CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION

Failure to adopt the resolution setting the fees relating to the Lobbyist Registry will prevent appropriate enforcement of the adopted lobbying ordinance.

STEPS FOLLOWING APPROVAL

The Clerk of the Board will notify the Finance Agency of the new fees.

Meeting History

Mar 25, 2014 9:00 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Cindy Chavez, Supervisor
SECONDER:Dave Cortese, Vice President
AYES:Mike Wasserman, Cindy Chavez, Dave Cortese, Ken Yeager, S. Joseph Simitian