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51 Pa. Code § 65.1. Basis for prohibition against lobbying for economic consideration.

§ 65.1. Basis for prohibition against lobbying for economic consideration.

 (a)  Under sections 13A07 and 13A09 of the act (relating to prohibited activities; and penalties), the Commission may prohibit a lobbyist from lobbying for economic consideration for up to 5 years when the lobbyist has done one or more of the following:

   (1)  Violated section 13A07(d) of the act.

   (2)  Violated section 13A07(f) of the act.

 (b)  Under section 13A09(e)(4) of the act, the Commission may prohibit a person from lobbying for economic consideration for up to 5 years when the person has done one or more of the following:

   (1)  Intentionally failed to register or report as required by the act, as provided in section 13A09(e)(1) of the act.

   (2)  As a registrant, filed a report under the act with knowledge that the report contained a false statement or was incomplete, as provided in section 13A09(e)(2) of the act.

   (3)  Otherwise intentionally violated the act, as provided in section 13A09(e)(3).

   (4)  Failed to comply with section 13A04, 13A05 or 13A07 of the act (relating to registration; reporting; and prohibited activities) after notice of noncompliance and after a hearing, if requested, as provided in section 13A09(d).

 (c)  For the limited purpose of the imposition of a prohibition against lobbying for economic consideration, the respondent shall be deemed to have been notified of noncompliance when served with both of the following:

   (1)  A findings report, notice of alleged noncompliance or other form of process which meets the requirements of section 13A09(a) of the act.

   (2)  A Commission order or court order finding the respondent in noncompliance with, or in violation of, the act.

 (d)  For the limited purpose of the imposition of a prohibition against lobbying for economic consideration, the respondent shall be deemed to have failed to comply after notice of alleged noncompliance if the respondent has not satisfied the requirements of the act within 30 days of the issuance of a Commission order or court order finding the respondent in noncompliance/violation, or within another time for compliance as specified by the order.

 (e)  The prohibition against lobbying for economic consideration will not be imposed unless the defendant/respondent has been afforded the opportunity for a hearing as to whether the prohibition should be imposed.

 (f)  At any time prior to a final determination by the Commission as to the imposition of a prohibition against lobbying for economic consideration, the Investigative Division of the Commission will have authority to negotiate settlements and to enter into settlement agreements to resolve matters under this chapter. Settlement agreements will be subject to review and approval by the Commission. Settlement agreements may include arrangements for deferral or termination of proceedings prior to any disposition, or terms for a disposition, including the duration of any prohibition against lobbying for economic consideration to be imposed under the act.

 (g)  The record of the underlying proceeding on violation/noncompliance, as well as relevant evidence of mitigating or aggravating factors, shall be admissible in a Commission proceeding involving the imposition of a prohibition against lobbying for economic consideration. At the hearing, the Commission will determine initially whether the defendant or respondent violated the act. If the Commission makes an initial determination that the defendant or respondent violated the act, the defendant/respondent may thereafter present argument regarding an appropriate penalty.



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