LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

"There Ought to Be a Law..."

Getting an idea into a law requires more than just words on a page. Careful crafting, thoughtful deliberation, negotiation, collaboration, and a keen understanding of the process, the politics, and the people are what help set our firm apart.

On both sides of the Hudson River, our firm possesses the experience to artfully draft concepts into legislation or regulations to accomplish your goals.

In New York, our coalition building and legislative drafting helped in the fight to delay and initially defeat a costly and burdensome paid sick leave mandate, which ultimately led to a much better outcome; our thoughtful compromise with the Department of Health on menu labeling helped several trade associations; and our reasonable regulations regarding the use of New York City Parks for dogs helped strike a balance for all New Yorkers to enjoy limited park space.

In New Jersey, our efforts helped clarify changes to electronic health records legislation to protect against drug diversion concerns. Additionally, we helped foster the passage of a comprehensive telemedicine law, renewable energy projects, and the advance of specific life and health insurance services and products.

Whether your goals include persuading a legislature to pass a bill, or attempting to prevent legislation that may be harmful to your business, we can help chart the course from idea to enactment.

COMPLIANCE

Compliance is a form of risk management for corporations and individuals.  Done properly, compliance with lobbying disclosure laws and campaign finance laws avoids hefty fines, damaging headlines, and a bad reputation.  Appreciated for its importance to good governance and sunlight, compliance is like riding a bicycle, and something that you never forget to do.  Ignored, however, as a burdensome nuisance, it becomes like riding a bicycle without a helmet, and you proceed at your own peril.

Disclosure:

As you may know, lobbying any level of government requires various registration and disclosure forms for both our clients and our firm. With over a decade's worth of experience providing compliance advice to firms and clients at the local, state and federal levels, you can trust our understanding of the process and procedure. We can ensure that every "i" is dotted and every "t" is crossed.

We’ve successfully administered compliance on both sides of the Hudson and across the Potomac. Accordingly, we can provide guidance to the appropriate individuals at your organization regarding compliance with the sometimes daunting regulations overseen by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics; the New York City Office of the City Clerk; the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission; and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the U.S. Senate in Washington, DC.

Such lobbying services cannot be performed until proper documentation has been promptly filed with the appropriate reporting bodies. You can draw confidence from our experience and understanding of the lobbying requirements in New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC.
Campaign Finance:

Furthermore, our experience extends to a deep understanding of the campaign finance limitations and restrictions in various jurisdictions, such as New York State, New York City, New Jersey and Washington, DC. Our understanding of the unique rules, the limits, who can contribute, and when contributions are permissible will ensure that you and your organization are in full compliance.