Registering

Lobbyists who lobby the Florida Legislature must register and pay a registration fee. The register is public record. It is free and open to the public. The lobbyist must register each person, firm, corporation or other entity for which he is lobbying. A lobbyist must send a written statement signed by the person or firm he will represent two times a year to the Division of Legislative Information Services. The statement must state whether the lobbyist has any direct business associations or partnerships with any of the current members of the Florida Legislature and to what extent.

The Lobbyist must also record any expenditure he made as a result of lobbying a legislator. All accounts, bills, receipts, computer records, books papers and any other documents that demonstrate lobbying activity must be kept for four years. The lobbyist must also disclose the source of the funds for the expenditures (Florida Statutes 2000).