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    Lobbyists and members-elect reminded of expenditure reporting requirements

    As new members are elected to the Ohio House and Senate, lobbyists and their employers, as well as Members-Elect, may be subject to expenditure reporting requirements prior to the Member-Elect taking the oath of office. The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee recently issued a memo regarding reporting requirements for expenditures made on behalf of a Member-Elect.

    • Lobbyists and their employers DO NOT report expenditures (gifts, meals/beverages) made on behalf of a Member-Elect, so long as the expenditures are made prior to the Member-Elect taking the oath of office.
    • Although lobbyists and their employers do not disclose these expenditures, the Member-Elect may be required to disclose the expenditure on their 2014 Financial Disclosure Report.
      • Gifts - A Member-Elect must disclose all gifts that exceed $75 ($25 if received by a legislative lobbyist) per calendar year.
      • Meals/Beverages - A Member-Elect must disclose the source of meals/beverages received in connection with official duties that exceed an aggregated total of $100 per calendar year. Only meals/beverages provided to a Member-Elect AFTER November 4, 2014 are considered expenditures related to official duties.

    This is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be legal advice and does not create or imply an attorney-client relationship.

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