Cupertino mayor wants to let residents sue people they believe are unregistered lobbyists

Worried over unregistered lobbyists exerting undue influence on the city, Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul wants to allow residents to sue individuals who aren’t following the city’s lobbyist ordinance.

Cupertino currently requires lobbyists to register with the city, pay an annual fee and file quarterly reports disclosing any lobbying activity. But during a recent City Council discussion on the ordinance, Paul suggested the city add a “private right of action” — a legal concept that allows citizens to enforce a law.

Cupertino currently has a private right of action in its multi-family housing ordinance regarding smoking.

The council has unanimously voted for city officials to bring back a new proposed

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