On September 22, 2016, the Austin City Council passed Ordinance No. 20160922-005, which amended Chapter 4.8 (Regulation of Lobbyists) of the City Code. The ordinance required the Clerk to develop new forms for tracking lobbyist registration, quarterly activity reports and develop a method that allows the data to be published in a searchable, downloadable database. The new requirements are effective on June 1, 2017, with the first quarterly report due in July using the new filing requirements.
New interactive PDF forms for lobbyist registration, quarterly activity reports and instructions are being created. Town hall meetings will be scheduled in May to outline the new requirements and review the new forms. All currently registered lobbyist will be receiving invitations to the meetings in early April. The new forms and instructions will be available on the City Clerk's Lobbyist website by June 1, 2017.