100-02
LOBBYING

SWOOSH_B&W

POLICY & PROCEDURE

LOBBYING

Index: ADMINISTRATION

Number: 100-02

Effective Date:

8/5/2016

Supersedes:

1/9/1984

Page:

1 of 2

Staff Contact:

Jay Covington

Approved By:

Denis Law

1.0 PURPOSE:

To assure the official policies and legislative and administrative branches of the City are properly expressed by City employees during appearances before legislative bodies or other governmental agencies.

2.0 ORGANIZATIONS AFFECTED:

All departments/divisions.

3.0 REFERENCES:

RCW 42.17A.635

4.0 POLICY:

4.1    All testimony or statements, written or oral, given by any employee of the City before any governmental legislative body or other governmental agency shall not be in conflict with the policies set forth by City Council action by a motion, resolution, or ordinance.

4.2    When there is a lack of formal action by the Council, a summary of remarks or copy of written statement will be provided to the Mayor.

4.3    Policies 4.1 and 4.2 above shall also apply to any correspondence written on City or departmental stationery and to any verbal conversation when the speaker represents themselves as employees of the City unless all information given is in compliance with this policy. If, during the course of an appearance or verbal interchange, the fact emerges that the person is an employee of the City, then a disclaimer will be issued that the information or testimony given represents the views of the employee and not that of the City. If information or testimony is given that is contrary to official policies of the City, then a statement to that effect will be given, if the person has been identified as an employee of the City.

4.4    All employees lobbying for the City before the State legislature and who extend any funds, which include wages, will file reports with the Public Disclosure Commission per RCW 42.17A.635.

5.0 DEFINITIONS:

5.1    “Lobby” and “lobbying” each mean attempting to influence the passage or defeat of nay legislation or the adoption or rejection of any rule, standard, rate, or other legislative enactment that will or could have an impact on the City of Renton.

6.0 PROCEDURES:

N/A