Am I a Lobbyist who is required to register with the City Clerk?
You are a Lobbyist if:
You communicate with a Policymaker to influence the Policymaker to take action on any matter over which he or she has supervision, control, jurisdiction or advisory power;
You do so on behalf of some other individual, group or entity other than yourself for their benefit; and
You receive anything of value from that individual, group or entity. RMC Sec. 2.22.010
Who is a Policymaker?
For the purposes of the City of Reno lobbyist registration program, a Policymaker is the Mayor, a City Council Member, a Planning Commission Member or City of Reno Appointive Officer as designated in Section 1.090(3) of the Reno City Charter. RMC Sec. 2.22.010
Go to the lobbyist registration form online. The registration form can be filled out and submitted electronically. The registration form may also be filed with the City Clerk by mailing a hard copy, via e-mail or via fax machine. Hard copies of the registration form can be obtained at the City Clerk’s office on the Second Floor of City Hall.
What information do I need to disclose in my lobbyist registration filing?
The required fields in the online registration form will identify all required disclosures and information necessary to complete your filing. Furthermore, RMC Sec. 2.22.020(b) lists specifically the information that is required for the registration form.
When am I required to register as a lobbyist?
You are required to register prior to any communications with a Policymaker. If communication occurs prior to registration, a registration form must be filed with the City Clerk prior to the next scheduled City Council or Planning Commission meeting, as applicable, or within five (5) working days after the communication occurs, whichever is earlier. If you are already registered and you are engaged or retained by an unlisted client, the same timelines apply for updating your registration.
Where do I pick up my Lobbyist badge? When do I have to wear my Lobbyist badge?
The City Clerk will issue you an identification badge upon registration. The City Clerk’s office is on the Second Floor of City Hall at 1 East First Street, Reno. If you are an actively registered Lobbyist, the identification badge must be worn at all times in City Hall.
Do I have to register as a Lobbyist if I only speak during public comment at a public meeting?
No. You are not required to register as a Lobbyist if you limit your communications to formal appearances at public meetings and clearly identify yourself and on whose behalf you are testifying.
Does my lobbyist registration expire?
No. The registration will not expire, but you have a continuing duty to maintain the accuracy of your registration and client list by submitting supplemental registration forms with the City Clerk.
How do I terminate my lobbyist registration?
If, once you have registered, you no longer have any clients for which you are lobbying the City of Reno, you should submit a supplemental registration to the City Clerk indicating that you no longer have clients. You have a continuing duty to maintain the accuracy of your registration and client list.
Is there a fee to register as a lobbyist?
No. Currently the City Council has not established a required fee for the lobbyist registration program.
Am I subject to any violations or penalties for violating the City of Reno’s lobbyist registration ordinance?
Yes. Knowing violation of the provisions may result in a misdemeanor and/or civil penalty not to exceed $500.00. RMC Sec. 2.22.050