In an effort to conduct business in a transparent manner and to be held to the highest ethical standards, the School Board of Hillsborough County has enacted policy 6321 that requires all individuals acting as a lobbyist to annually register with the school district and disclose the identity of the principal who they represent.
For purposes of this policy, a lobbyist is defined as any individual, firm, corporation, or other business entity who engages in lobbying for the economic gain of a principal, regardless of whether they are compensated for lobbying or not. The term lobbyist specifically includes the principal, as well as any agent, officer, or employee of a principal regardless of whether or not the employee's normal scope of employment includes lobbying activities. A principal is the entity wishing to do business with the school district.
Hillsborough County School Board policy 6321 outlines the rules associated with lobbying the School Board, Superintendent, and members of the Superintendent's cabinet. It is important to emphasize the policy specifically addresses the actions of lobbyists and it is solely the responsibility of the lobbyists to comply with the rules of the policy. Additionally, nothing contained within the policy or these guidelines is intended to relieve the lobbyist of any and all federal and state regulations related to lobbyists and any obligations to report such activity.