Surrey Business News

LOB­BY­ING

- British Columbia

Any or­ga­ni­za­tion that has staff col­lec­tively work on ad­vo­cacy ad­dress­ing spe­cific provin­cial leg­is­la­tion, and that work by any/ all staff on any/all ad­vo­cacy that is listed which ex­ceeds 100 hours/year, must reg­is­ter as an in-house lob­by­ist. Most Cham­bers of Com­merce/boards of Trade would eas­ily sur­pass the 100 hours, if they are in the least bit ac­tive with their lo­cal MLAS, their pol­icy/let­ter writ­ing/op-eds, and other such ad­vo­cacy.

REC­OM­MEN­DA­TION TO BC GOV­ERN­MENT:

1. Re­move and ac­knowl­edge that Cham­bers of Com­merce/boards of Trade are ex­empted from the list of or­ga­ni­za­tions that are re­quired to reg­is­ter re­gard­less of 100 hours min­i­mum, un­less they are act­ing as a paid agent to a third party;

2. Re­move the need to reg­is­ter all in­tents to act, just track/reg­is­ter the ac­tual act (let­ter, meet­ing, pol­icy) upon com­ple­tion; and,

3. Sim­plify the on­line form by de­vel­op­ing a por­tal spe­cific to Cham­bers of Com­merce/boards of Trade.

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