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File #: 39100    Version: Name: Prohibit lobbyist from serving on committee/board/commission
Type: Ordinance Status: Defeated
File created: 6/29/2015 In control: ETHICS BOARD
On agenda: 11/17/2015 Final action: 11/17/2015
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: SECOND ALTERNATE Creating Sections 2.40(4)(h) and 3.30(4) of the Madison General Ordinances to prohibit a person who is registered as a lobbyist under City Ordinances from serving as a member of any permanent or temporary City board, commission or committee.
Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer
Attachments: 1. Version 3 - 2nd Alternate, 2. Version 2 - Alternate, 3. Alternate with handwritten notations, 4. Version 1, 5. Letter from Ron Trachtenberg to Ethics Board. 10-26-15.pdf

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SECOND ALTERNATE Creating Sections 2.40(4)(h) and 3.30(4) of the Madison General Ordinances to prohibit a person who is registered as a lobbyist under City Ordinances from serving as a member of any permanent or temporary City board, commission or committee.

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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This proposal would prohibit a person who is registered as a lobbyist under City Ordinances from serving as a member of any permanent or temporary City board, commission or committee unless in the judgment of the Mayor and two-thirds of the Common Council the best interests of the City will be served by the appointment and the Mayor states why a conflict does not exist between the matters the lobbyist seeks to influence and the jurisdiction of the board, commission or committee. 

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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:

 

                     1.                     Subdivision (h) of Subsection (4) entitled “Prohibited Practices” of Section 2.40 entitled “Lobbying Regulated” of the Madison General Ordinances is created to read as follows:

 

“(h)                      No lobbyist may serve as a member of any Ad hoc or Standing sub-unit, including, but not limited to, any City board, committee, commission, task force or similar body except as provided in Sec. 3.30(2)(a) MGO.”

 

                     2.                     Subsection (4) entitled “Lobbyists:  Boards, Commissions and Committees” of Section 3.30 entitled “Qualifications--City Officers, Members of Commissions, and Employees” of the Madison General Ordinances is created to read as follows:

 

“(4)        Lobbyists:  Boards, Commissions and Committees.  No person who is registered as a lobbyist, pursuant to Sec. 2.40, MGO, may serve as a member of any Ad hoc or Standing sub-unit, including, but not limited to, any City board, committee, commission, task force or similar body, provided, however that this provision shall not apply to a member of or candidate for appointment  to a City of Madison board, committee or commission  where in the judgment of  mayor and two-thirds (2/3) of the Common Council, the best interests of the City will be served by the appointment of a registered lobbyist who is particularly well qualified by reasons of education, background and experience.  The Mayor shall also specify to the Common Council the reasons:

(a)                      Why he or she is recommending the appointment; and

(b)                      Why the matters that the member or candidate for appointment attempts to influence as a lobbyist are unrelated to those matters considered by the sub-unit to which the person is a member or a candidate for appointment.”