On January 2, 2012 an Ordinance of Broward County entitled "The Elected Official Code of Ethics", took effect.
On December 10, 2015, the County adopted significant changes to the Oridinance.
The Code governs the conduct of members of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and all of the elected officials in Broward's 31 municipalities, including Weston.
Enforcement of the Code of Ethics is the responsibility of the Broward County Office of Inspector General.
One of the sections within the Code pertains to Lobbyists, which in summary includes the following provisions:
- Lobbyist are required to register with the county or the municipality that they are lobbying and must complete a contact log when visiting an elected official at the elected official's offices or elsewhere on the local government's premises.
- Lobbyists are required to document any communication with an elected official outside of their government offices/premises whether the communication is in person, by telephone or electronic media.
To view the entire Code click here "The Elected Official Code of Ethics".
In response to the Broward County Code of Ethics, the Weston City Commission adopted Ordinance No. 2011-16, amending the City's Municipal Code of Ordinances providing for the definition of a Lobbyist in Chapter 1 and creating a new Chapter 25 entitled "Lobbyist Regulation".
The definition of a Lobbyist is as follows:
Lobbyist: a person who is retained, with or without compensation, for the purpose of Lobbying, or a person who is employed by another person or entity, on a full-time or part-time basis, principally to Lobby on behalf of that other person or entity.
DOWNLOAD LOBBYIST REGISTRATION FORM - Registration and payment of annual fee for each client is required prior to engaging in lobbying activities as provided for in Chapter 25.
A summary of some of the provisions within the Code are as follows:
- The creation of venues (such as this website section) for easy public inspection of lobbyist interaction with elected officials, and certain activities of elected officials.
- Prohibition of elected officials from receiving any personal economic or financial benefit resulting from their public service aside from their public salaries.
- Restrictions on elected officials' acceptance of gifts, outside/concurrent employment, fundraising, and procurement.
- Requirement for elected officials disclosure of remuneration received from outside or concurrent employment.
- Prohibition of elected officials, their spouse or registered domestic partner, certain relatives, and office staff from accepting any gifts from a registered lobbyist, vendor or contractor doing business with the governmental entity they serve.
- Prohibition of elected officials, their spouse or registered domestic partner, certain relatives, and office staff from accepting any gifts from a registered lobbyist, vendor or contractor doing business with the governmental entity they serve, with a value in excess of $5.00
- Prohibition of elected officials, immediate family members or County or municipal staff of an elected official from lobbying any covered individual (with exception.)
- Requirement for lobbyist’s registration with the county or the municipality that they are lobbying, and the completion of a contact log when visiting an elected official at the elected officials offices or elsewhere on the local government’s premises.
- Requirement of lobbyist to document any communication with an elected official when that communication takes place outside of their governmental offices/premises whether the communication is in person, by telephone or electronic media.
- Requirement of elected officials to document any fundraising for a charity or other person seeking elected office within 15 days after the solicitation of funds.
- Requirement of elected officials to undergo 4 hours of ethics training annually, at least 2 of the 4 hours must be taken in an interactive setting.
To view the entire Code click here "The Elected Official Code of Ethics