§ 26-70. Prohibition on lobbying by advisory board members  


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  • (a) The prohibitions of this section shall apply to all persons appointed to advisory boards, committees, commissions, councils, and task forces established by Broward County ordinance or resolution (collectively, "advisory boards"), and to all persons appointed to agencies, development and redevelopment authorities, and regulatory and adjustment boards established pursuant to federal or state law, the Broward County Charter, or interlocal agreements (collectively "other boards"), except where inconsistent with the Broward County Charter, general or special law, or the enabling enactments of such advisory or other boards.

    (b) Each person covered by paragraph (a) above is prohibited, during his or her term of appointment and for a period of two (2) years after such term of appointment, from lobbying the division(s) or department(s) related to the advisory or other board upon which the person serves.

    (c) In addition to the above-stated prohibition, any advisory board or other board member who lobbies or engages in lobbying activities with a County division or department related to or affiliated with the advisory board upon which the member currently serves, shall be disqualified as a member of the advisory board and his or her appointment shall immediately cease.

    (d) Additionally, the County Administrator shall provide for a procedure by which an advisory or other board member who violates the provisions of this section shall be notified and assessed monetary fines. The procedure shall provide for the following:

    (1) Upon determining that a violation has occurred, the Office of the County Administrator shall notify the advisory or other board member of the offense and a fine of One Hundred Dollars ($100) shall be imposed for each occurrence.

    (2) Such fine shall be paid within twenty (20) days after receipt of the notice of payment due, unless a timely appeal is made to the Board of County Commissioners ("Board") as provided below.

    (3) Any advisory or other board member may appeal a fine, and may request and shall be entitled to a hearing before the Board, which shall have the authority to waive the fine in whole or in part for good cause shown. To be entitled to such appeal, the advisory or other board member must, within twenty (20) days after receipt of the notice of payment due, deliver a letter requesting a hearing to the Office of the County Administrator.

(Ord. No. 2010-21, § 1, 8-10-10)