The Campbell administration is in the midst assembling a committee to advise the government on regulations for its revised Lobbyists Registration Act. The government introduced amendments to that long-broken act last year. At the time, Attorney General Mike de Jong told his opposition counterpart Leonard Krog he wanted to "bring some people together," including consultant lobbyists and members of the non-profit community, to provide "practical input" on those regulations - specifically what activity should count toward the 100 hours of lobbying work which triggers a requirement to register. When we checked in with the government yesterday, we were told "the committee is still being worked on and the members are still being confirmed." However, our understanding is that will happen shortly. The revised Lobbyists Registration Act comes into force on April 1.
January 13, 2010