101.93 Retirement system lobbyists and employers - statement of expenditures - receipts to be retained.

(A) Each retirement system lobbyist and each employer shall file with the joint legislative ethics committee, with the updated registration statement required by division (B) of section 101.92 of the Revised Code, a statement of expenditures as specified in divisions (B) and (C) of this section. A retirement system lobbyist shall file a separate statement of expenditures under this section for each employer that engages the retirement system lobbyist.

(B)

(1) In addition to the information required by divisions (B)(2) and (3) of this section, a statement filed by a retirement system lobbyist shall show the total amount of expenditures made during the reporting period covered by the statement by the retirement system lobbyist.

(2) If, during a reporting period covered by a statement, an employer or any retirement system lobbyist the employer engaged made, either separately or in combination with each other, expenditures to, at the request of, for the benefit of, or on behalf of 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 the employer or retirement system lobbyist also shall state the name of the member, official, or employee to whom, at whose request, for whose benefit, or on whose behalf the expenditures were made, the total amount of the expenditures made, a brief description of the expenditures made, the approximate date the expenditures were made, the retirement system decision, if any, sought to be influenced, and the identity of the client on whose behalf the expenditure was made.

As used in division (B)(2) of this section, "expenditures" does not include expenditures made by a retirement system lobbyist as payment for meals and other food and beverages.

(3) If, during a reporting period covered by a statement, a retirement system lobbyist made expenditures as payment for meals and other food and beverages, that, when added to the amount of previous payments made for meals and other food and beverages by that retirement system lobbyist during that same calendar year, exceeded a total of fifty dollars to, at the request of, for the benefit of, or on behalf of 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, the retirement system lobbyist shall also state regarding those expenditures the name of the member, official, or employee to whom, at whose request, for whose benefit, or on whose behalf the expenditures were made, the total amount of the expenditures made, a brief description of the expenditures made, the approximate date the expenditures were made, the retirement system decision, if any, sought to be influenced, and the identity of the client on whose behalf the expenditure was made.

(C) In addition to the information required by divisions (B)(2) and (3) of this section, a statement filed by an employer shall show the total amount of expenditures made by the employer filing the statement during the period covered by the statement. As used in this section, "expenditures" does not include the expenses of maintaining office facilities, or the compensation paid to retirement system lobbyists engaged to influence retirement system decisions or conduct retirement system lobbying activity.

No employer shall be required to show any expenditure on a statement filed under this division if the expenditure is reported on a statement filed under division (B)(1), (2), or (3) of this section by a retirement system lobbyist engaged by the employer.

(D) Any statement required to be filed under this section shall be filed at the times specified in section 101.92 of the Revised Code. Each statement shall cover expenditures made during the four-calendar-month period that ended on the last day of the month immediately preceding the month in which the statement is required to be filed.

(E) If it is impractical or impossible for a retirement system lobbyist or employer to determine exact dollar amounts or values of expenditures, reporting of good faith estimates, based on reasonable accounting procedures, constitutes compliance with this division.

(F) Retirement system lobbyists and employers shall retain receipts or maintain records for all expenditures that are required to be reported pursuant to this section. These receipts or records shall be maintained for a period ending on the thirty-first day of December of the second calendar year after the year in which the expenditure was made.

(G)

(1) At least ten days before the date on which the statement is filed, each employer or retirement system lobbyist who is required to file an expenditure statement under division (B)(2) or (3) of this section shall deliver a copy of the statement, or the portion showing the expenditure, to the member, official, or employee who is listed in the statement as having received the expenditure or on whose behalf it was made.

(2) If, during a reporting period covered by an expenditure statement filed under division (B)(2) of this section, an employer or any retirement system lobbyist the employer engaged made, either separately or in combination with each other, either directly or indirectly, expenditures for food and beverages purchased for consumption on the premises in which the food and beverages were sold to, at the request of, for the benefit of, or on behalf of any of the members, officials, or employees described in division (B)(2) of this section, the employer or retirement system lobbyist shall deliver to the member, official, or employee a statement that contains all of the nondisputed information prescribed in division (B)(2) of this section with respect to the expenditures described in division (G)(2) of this section. The statement of expenditures made under division (G)(2) of this section shall be delivered to the member, official, or employee to whom, at whose request, for whose benefit, or on whose behalf those expenditures were made on the same day in which a copy of the expenditure statement or of a portion showing the expenditure is delivered to the member, official, or employee under division (G)(1) of this section. An employer is not required to show any expenditure on a statement delivered under division (G)(2) of this section if the expenditure is shown on a statement delivered under division (G)(2) of this section by a retirement system lobbyist engaged by the employer.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.148, SB 343, §1, eff. 1/7/2013.

Effective Date: 09-15-2004