The City Commission approved a one-year contract with lobbying firm GrayRobinson, P.A. at their Sept. 11 meeting.
The contract for the current firm expires Oct. 31, 2019. The new contract with GrayRobinson, P.A. will be effective Nov. 1, 2019 through Oct. 31, 2020.
The cost of the contract is $45,000 for one year. Funding will come from the Strategic Innovation budget.
“Continuing into FY20, there is sufficient funding in the Strategic Innovation budget to support the proposed state lobbying contract of $45,000,” staff reports. “Resource Management has reviewed the agenda item and concurs that it meets budgeting guidelines.”
The City uses lobbying firms to “effectively engage in the legislative process, protect and advocate for the City’s key interests, and stay informed on important policy initiatives that may impact the City of Tallahassee,” as noted in the meeting agenda.
GrayRobinson, P.A. will provide general state lobbying services. The City uses separate contracts for federal and electric utility lobbying services.
In July, directed by the City Commission, staff issued a Request for Proposals to find a new contract before the current one expires. The Request for Proposals listed six criteria for evaluating a potential firm, including staff qualifications, past performance, and experience, ability, and approach. GrayRobinson scored 10 of 10 in staff qualifications, 9.25 of 10 in past performance, and 9.75 of 10 in experience, ability, and approach.
GrayRobinson scored the highest of all the candidates, including Ronald L. Book, P.A. and Capitol Alliance Group, leading staff to select the firm as the best suited for the 2020 legislative session.