Powers & Duties
On November 1, 2006, Act No. 134-2006, the Pennsylvania Lobbying Disclosure Law, was signed into law. A decision in 2002 by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had invalidated the prior Lobbying Disclosure Act as an unconstitutional regulation of attorneys engaged in the practice of law.
Under the new Lobbying Disclosure Law, 65 Pa.C.S. § 13A01 et seq., the State Ethics Commission’s responsibilities include enforcement, issuing advisories, and participating on the Lobbying Disclosure Regulatory Committee through the Commission Chair or his designee. Responsibility for the administration of the registration and reporting requirements is vested in the Pennsylvania Department of State.
The substantive provisions of the new Lobbying Disclosure Law took effect January 1, 2007.