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  • 09/18/2015 6:52 AM | Anonymous

    Lobbypalooza is about one month away and we have most of our speakers confirmed:  Drew Crompton, Erik Arneson, Steve Crawford to name a few.  Please review the attached registration form and sponsorship opportunities. 

    Several sponsorships include registration to the event.  It's a win for PAGR and a win for you!

     

    Please return registration by October 19.

  • 08/06/2015 1:07 PM | Anonymous

    In this issue:

    • President Christina Mihalik's Message
    • Lobbypalooza October 22nd!
    • 2015 Capitol Happy Hours Sponsors

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  • 05/26/2015 7:27 AM | Anonymous
    In this issue:
    • President Christina Mihalik's Message
    • 2015 Capitol Happy Hours
    • PAGR Meeting with State Senator Daylin Leach on June 1st
    • Lobbypalooza September 17th!

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  • 03/30/2015 8:06 AM | Anonymous

    In this issue:

    • President Christina Mihalik's Message
    • 2015 Capitol Happy Hours
    • 2015/16 Legislative Directories
    • Lobbypalooza September 17th!

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  • 01/22/2015 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    In this issue:
    • President Christina Mihalik's Message
    • 2015 Capitol Happy Hours
    • 2015/16 Legislative Directories
    • 2015 Calendar

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  • 12/03/2014 9:52 AM | Anonymous

    In this issue:

    • President Gabrielle Sedor's Message
    • Proposed 2015 Board
    • 2015/16 Legislative Directories
    • 2015 Calendar


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  • 10/08/2014 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    Since 1999, PAGR has been offering Legislative Directories to our members. Now is your chance to get the information you need while helping the organization that has been supporting the lobbying profession in Pennsylvania since 1991.

    Orders are now being taken for the 2015-2016 Legislative Directory through PAGR. Just $7.50 per copy. Details are here.

  • 09/18/2014 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    This morning, Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) disapproved the Department of State’s proposed increase to the biennial lobbyists registration fee which would have increased fees for lobbyists, lobbying firms and principals from $200 to $400.  DOS had originally proposed to increase the registration fee from $200 to $700 but revised its proposal based on comments and feedback from stakeholders, including PAGR and several PAGR members. 

     

    In our conversations with the Department of State and the IRRC over the last year and a half, PAGR registered significant concerns with the proposed increase. An increase of this magnitude would  create a disincentive for citizens to engage in the democratic process with Pennsylvania lawmakers and members of the Administration.  We asserted that increasing the lobbying registration fee  would create barriers to transparency; would make compliance with the Lobbyists Disclosure Act more of a burden for smaller entities, particularly nonprofits; and would restrict the voices of Pennsylvanians who may opt not to exercise their abilities to communicate with legislators because fees are beyond their reach.

     

    In PAGR’s many discussions with DOS, the Department cited the increased cost of doing business as one of the

    reasons for the proposed increase. As you know well, PAGR members, their registered staff and their principals (all of whom would be subject to this increase) also live with the same limited resources and the same challenges of doing more with less.

     

    PAGR represents not only lobbyists and lobbying firms, but also government relations staff who advocate for small businesses and nonprofits. We believed there was an assumption on the part of DOS that all registered lobbyists can simply pass the increased costs down to their clients, or absorb it within their own infrastructure; this is simply not the case.

     

    DOS also told us that the burden of maintaining the lobbyist registration database and website should not rest solely on the general public and the General Fund. PAGR respectfully disagreed. We support transparency and compliance with the Lobbyist Disclosure Act. However, since the database and website are meant for the public benefit, it is appropriate that taxpayer dollars support it. PAGR reminded DOS that lobbyists are already subject to a tax on lobbying services. PAGR recommended that funds from the lobbying services tax be earmarked for maintaining the infrastructure needed to support the Lobbyists Disclosure Act.

     

    I would like to personally thank all of PAGR’s members who added their voices to this effort, and to the Board members who helped craft PAGR’s responses, joined me in meetings with both the Department of State and the IRRC,  and who added testimony to this morning’s hearing. A very special thank you to Judy Eschberger and Katie Dotto.

     

    PAGR will always support transparency and compliance with the Lobbyist Disclosure Act. But we have an obligation to ensure that increased fees don’t create unnecessary barriers to either.  We see today as a win, not just for the lobbying community, but for all Pennsylvanians who advocate with members of the Legislature and the Administration for issues that matter to them. 

     

    Thank you again for your support as PAGR members. Please share this communication with your colleagues who may not be a part of the only association for lobbyists and GR professionals in Pennsylvania yet.

  • 09/12/2014 7:13 AM | Anonymous

    Members of the PAGR Board met with the IRRC this morning to discuss the proposed lobbyist registration fee increase from $200 to $400. As you’ll see in the comments linked here (and soon to be on the IRRC website), while we appreciate the outreach from the Department of State, their willingness to meet with PAGR to discuss some of our recommendations, and the fact that they have amended their proposed increase from $700 to $400, PAGR continues to oppose this proposed fee increase. 

     

    The IRRC noted that they had received very few comments on the updated proposed regulation. So please, if you are able, share your thoughts with the IRRC – even if it is restating comments your organization submitted in June 2013 or PAGR’s own comments. Please don’t let the IRRC assume the regulated community is ok with this increase if you are not.

     

    Thanks very much to PAGR members who have already submitted comments and shared them with us (http://www.irrc.state.pa.us/regulations/RegSrchRslts.cfm?ID=3018). And a thank you in advance to anyone who will be able to attend the September 18th Hearing (http://www.irrc.state.pa.us/documents/uploads/meetings/09-18-2014_Agenda.pdf). 

     

  • 09/02/2014 7:56 AM | Anonymous
    In this issue:
    • President Gabrielle Sedor's Message
    • Capitol Happy Hour Sponsors
    • September 10th Capitol Happy Hour
    • October 6th Membership Meeting

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