101.90 Retirement system lobbyists and employers - definitions.

As used in sections 101.90 to 101.99 of the Revised Code:

(A) "Person" and "compensation" have the same meanings as in section 101.70 of the Revised Code.

(B) "Expenditure" means any of the following that is made to, at the request of, for the benefit of, or on behalf of a state retirement system, a member of the board of a state retirement system, a state retirement system investment official, or an employee of a state retirement system whose position involves substantial and material exercise of discretion in the investment of retirement system funds:

(1) A payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, reimbursement, or gift of money, real estate, or anything of value, including, but not limited to food and beverages and entertainment;

(2) A contract, promise, or agreement to make an expenditure, whether or not legally enforceable;

(3) The purchase, sale, or gift of services or any other thing of value. "Expenditure" does not include a contribution, gift, or grant to a foundation or other charitable organization that is exempt from federal income taxation under subsection 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. "Expenditure" does not include the purchase, sale, or gift of services or any other thing of value that is available to the general public on the same terms as it is available to the persons listed in this division, or an offer or sale of securities to any person listed in this division that is governed by regulation D, 17 C.F.R. 2301.501 to 2301.508 , adopted under the authority of the "Securities Act of 1933," 48 Stat. 74, 15 U.S.C.A. and following, or that is governed by a comparable provision under state law.

(C) "Employer" means any person who, directly or indirectly, engages a retirement system lobbyist.

(D) "Engage" means to make any arrangement, and "engagement" means arrangement, whereby an individual is employed or retained for compensation to act for or on behalf of an employer to influence retirement system decisions or to conduct any retirement system lobbying activity.

(E) "Financial transaction" means a transaction or activity that is conducted or undertaken for profit and arises from the joint ownership or the ownership or part ownership in common of any real or personal property or any commercial or business enterprise of whatever form or nature between the following:

(1) A retirement system lobbyist, the retirement system lobbyist's employer, or a member of the immediate family of the retirement system lobbyist or the retirement system lobbyist's employer; and

(2) A state retirement system, a member of a board of a state retirement system, a state retirement system investment official, or an employee of a state retirement system whose position involves substantial and material exercise of discretion in the investment of retirement system funds.

"Financial transaction" does not include any transaction or activity described in division (E) of this section if it is available to the general public on the same terms, or if it is an offer or sale of securities to any person listed in division (E)(2) of this section that is governed by regulation D, 17 C.F.R. 2301.501 to 2301.508 , adopted under the authority of the "Securities Act of 1933," 48 Stat. 74, 15 U.S.C.A. and following, or that is governed by a comparable provision under state law.

(F) "Retirement system" means the public employees retirement system, Ohio police and fire pension fund, state teachers retirement system, school employees retirement system, and state highway patrol retirement system.

(G) "Retirement system decision" means a decision of a retirement system regarding the investment of retirement system funds. "Retirement system decision" includes the decision by a board of a retirement system to award a contract to an agent or an investment manager.

(H) "Retirement system lobbyist" means any person engaged to influence retirement system decisions or to conduct retirement system lobbying activity as one of the person's main purposes on a regular and substantial basis. "Retirement system lobbyist" does not include an elected or appointed officer or employee of a federal or state agency, or political subdivision who attempts to influence or affect executive agency decisions in a fiduciary capacity as a representative of the officer's or employee's agency or political subdivision.

(I) "Retirement system lobbying activity" means contacts made to promote, oppose, reward, or otherwise influence the outcome of a retirement system decision by direct communication with a member of a board of a state retirement system, a state retirement system investment official, or an employee of a state retirement system whose position involves substantial and material exercise of discretion in the investment of retirement system funds. "Lobbying activity" does not include any of the following:

(1) The action of any person having a direct interest in retirement system decisions who, under Section 3 of Article I, Ohio Constitution, assembles together with other persons to consult for their common good, instructs a person listed in the first paragraph of division (I) of this section, or petitions such a person for the redress of grievances;

(2) Contacts made for the sole purpose of gathering information contained in a public record;

(3) Appearances before a retirement system to give testimony.

(J) "Retirement system official" means an officer or employee of a retirement system whose principal duties are to formulate policy or to participate directly or indirectly in the preparation, review, or award of financial arrangements with a retirement system.

(K) "Aggrieved party" means a party entitled to resort to a remedy.

(L) "Staff" means an employee of a retirement system whose position involves substantial and material exercise of discretion in the investment of retirement system funds and who is required under section 102.02 of the Revised Code to file a disclosure statement with the Ohio ethics commission.

Cite as R.C. § 101.90

History. Effective Date: 09-15-2004