RULE 153.00.98-001 - Amendments to Sec. 518 of Lobbyist Rules

RULE 153.00.98-001. Amendments to Sec. 518 of Lobbyist Rules

STRIKE THE HEADING AND SUBPARAGRAPH (1) AND INSERT THE FOLLOWING:

§ -Penalties for Failure to File or Late Filing of Lobbyist Activity Reports

(1) In addition to other sanctions which may be imposed under Ark. Code Ann. § 7-6-218(b)(4)(A), lobbyists who fail to file activity reports when due shall be required to pay fines for each late filed report in accordance with the following schedule:

Date Report Filed

First Time Delinquencv

Repeated Delinquencv by Same Lobbyist

1 to 5 days late

$25.00/per report

$50.00/per report

6 to 15 days late

$50.00/per report

$100.00/per report

16 to 30 days late

$100.00/per report

$200.00/per report

Lobbyists who file reports more than 30 days late or file 3 reports late in any calendar year may be subject to individual review by the Commission at a scheduled meeting. During the individual review, the Commission shall determine if the actions of the lobbyist constitutes a violation of Ark. Code Ann. § 21-8-603 or § 508 of these rules and, if so found, shall impose a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $1000 per violation depending upon the severity of the offense.

In addition to being fined and sanctioned as discussed above, lobbyists who fail to file their activity reports will be ordered to file such reports within ten (10) days and may be subject to individual review by the Commission.

A lobbyist who fails to file activity reports or files activity reports late for good cause shown may request a waiver from the above schedule of fines in writing within ten (10) days of receiving a Notice of Delinquency from the Commission. Timely waiver requests will be reviewed by the Commission on a case-by-case basis.

(2) After the word "information", insert "or materially misleading"

(1/16/1998)

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