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 Ordinance.
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:
- Lobbyists 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 governmental offices/premises whether the communication is in person, by telephone or electronic media.
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.
DOWNLOADABLE 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.