New Lobby Rules

You may not have to fear talking to your city council representative, because lobby laws may be changing.

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and some business owners announced what they call a compromise on the lobbying issue.

Alder Brenda Konkel filed nearly 700 complaints earlier this year, saying people had violated Madison's lobbying law. Some of those people she filed complaints about include people who showed up at council meetings and signed up to register a complaint or an opinion.

While the mayor says this is a good compromise, Konkel says it's anything but that.

"It's not a perfect solution, says Mayor Cieslewicz. “There's no such thing as a perfect solution, but I think this is a big step in the right direction."

“I'm really concerned that there's an expectation that they've brought everybody to the table,” says Alder Konkel. “But clearly there was myself and others who were clearly left out of that discussion.”

So what is the compromise?

Any Madison business owner, director, officer or employee could talk with council members or the mayor without registering as a lobbyist.
Any person or company looking for more than $10,000 in financing from the city, or looking to develop more than 10,000 square feet of commercial or residential property would still have to file under the new ordinance.

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