PDC staff is alleging that BORPELS violated RCW 42.17A.635 by failing to timely file an Agency Lobbying Expense Report (L-5 report) disclosing lobbying activities of employees and board members of BORPELS, a separate board that at the time was affiliated with the Department of Licensing for providing certain administrative purposes, undertaken during the first two quarters of the calendar year 2019.
On December 20, 2019, BORPELS electronically late filed two L-5 reports for the first and second quarters of 2019, disclosing $1,447.65 in agency public funds were expended between January 1 through June 30, 2019 for public agency lobbying activities in support of House Bill 1176, Senate Bill 5443, and meeting with the Governor’s Office for the HB 1176 bill signing.
The L-5 report for the first quarter of 2019 was required to have been filed by BORPELS no later than April 30, 2019 and the information was filed 234 days late. The L-5 report for the second quarter of 2019 was required to have been filed by BORPELS no later than July 31, 2019 and the information was filed 142 days late.
On April 24, 2020, the PDC received a completed Statement of Understanding (SOU) and a $150 civil penalty payment from BORPELS. The $150 civil penalty assessed against BORPELS in this matter was done in accordance with WAC 390-37-143 (Brief Enforcement Penalty Schedule). By completing the SOU, BORPELS acknowledged a violation of RCW 42.17A.635 by failing to timely file two L-5 reports as required for a state agency engaged in public agency lobbying activities.
Based on this information and the facts, the PDC have dismissed the complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).Disposition: Resolved through Statement of Understanding (Resolved 04/29/2020)