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Political Involvement in Alaska

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Alaska

A “lobbyist” is a person who:

  • is employed and receives payments, or who contracts for economic consideration, including reimbursement for reasonable travel and living expenses, to communicate directly or through the person’s agents with any public official for the purpose of influencing legislation or administrative action for more than 10 hours in any 30-day period in one calendar year, or
  • represents oneself as engaging in the influencing of legislative or administrative action as a business, occupation, or profession

 

“Lobbyist” does not include:

 

  • An individual:
    • who lobbies without payment of compensation or other consideration and makes no disbursement or expenditure for or on behalf of a public official to influence legislative or administrative action other than to pay the individual’s reasonable personal travel and living expenses, and
    • who limits lobbying activities to appearances before public sessions of the legislature, or its committees or subcommittees, or to public hearings or other public proceedings of state agencies
  • an elected or appointed state or municipal public officer or an employee of the state or a municipality acting in an official capacity or within the scope of employment
  • any newspaper or other periodical of general circulation, book publisher, radio or television station (including an individual who owns, publishes, or is employed by that newspaper or periodical, radio or television station) that publishes news items, editorials, or other comments, or paid advertisements, that directly or indirectly urge legislative or administrative action if the newspaper, periodical, book publisher, radio or television station, or individual engages in no further or other activities in connection with urging or advocating legislative or administrative action other than to appear before public sessions of the legislature, or its committees or subcommittees, or public hearings or other public proceedings of state agencies
  • a person who appears before the legislature or either house, or standing, special, or interim committee, in response to an invitation issued under (c) of this section

 

Alaska Stat. § 24.45.161
Alaska Stat. § 24.45.171(11)

 

“Influencing legislative or administrative action” means to communicate directly for the purpose of introducing, promoting, advocating, supporting, modifying, opposing, or delaying or seeking to do the same with respect to any legislative or administrative action.

 

Alaska Stat. § 24.45.171(9)

 

“Administrative action” means the proposal, drafting, development, consideration, amendment, adoption, approval, promulgation, issuance, modification, rejection, or postponement by any state agency of any rule or regulation, or any other quasi-legislative or quasi-judicial action or proceeding.

 

“Administrative action” does not include:

  • a proceeding or an action to determine the rights or duties of a person under existing statutes, regulations, or policies
  • the issuance, amendment, or revocation of a permit, license, or entitlement for use under existing statutes, regulations, or policies by the agency authorized to issue, amend, or revoke the permit, license, or entitlement for use
  • the enforcement of compliance with existing law or the imposition of sanctions for a violation of existing law
  • procurement activity, including the purchase or sale of property, goods, or services by the agency or the award of a grant contract
  • the issuance of, or ensuring compliance with, an opinion or activity related to a collective bargaining agreement including negotiating or enforcing the agreement

 

Alaska Stat. § 24.45.171(1)

 

“Legislative action” means the preparation, research, drafting, introduction, consideration, modification, amendment, approval, passage, enactment, defeat, or rejection of any bill, resolution, amendment, motion, report, nomination, appointment, or other matter by the legislature, or by a standing, interim, or special committee of the legislature, or by a member or employee of the legislature acting in an official capacity; it includes, but is not limited to, the action of the governor in approving or vetoing a bill or the action of the legislature in considering, overriding, or sustaining that veto and the action of the legislature in considering, confirming, or rejecting an executive appointment of the governor.

 

Alaska Stat. § 24.45.171(10)

Before engaging in lobbying, each lobbyist in Alaska must file a Lobbyist Registration Statement and a $250 fee with the Alaska Department of Administration’s Public Offices Commission. Registrations must be renewed annually by filing a new Lobbyist Registration Statement and a $250 fee. Additionally, within 15 days after employing, retaining, or contracting for the employment or retention of a lobbyist, the person who employs, retains, or who contracts for the services of a lobbyist must file a statement authorizing or verifying that employment, retention, or contract for lobbying services.

 

Alaska Stat. § 24.45.041: Registration; disqualification
Alaska Stat. § 24.45.061: Reports by employers of lobbyists

 

Each registered lobbyist must file monthly reports for each month that the legislature is in session (January through April), on or before the last day of the following month. However, if a registered lobbyist has declared that he or she seeks only to influence administrative action and not legislative action, the lobbyist need only file a report for each calendar quarter. A person who employs, retains, or who contracts for the services of one or more lobbyists, whether independently or jointly with other persons, and who directly or indirectly makes payments to influence legislative or administrative action must file a quarterly report.

 

Alaska Stat. § 24.45.051: Reports
Alaska Stat. § 24.45.061: Reports by employers of lobbyists
Alaska Stat. § 24.45.081: Reporting periods

 

All lobbyist registration, lobbyist reports, and employer of lobbyists reports must be filed online through Insight at https://myalaska.state.ak.us/apoc/form/Lobbyist/.

 

Lobbyists and employers of lobbyists are also required to take an annual training course ““that promotes adherence to high ethical standards of professional conduct and teaches lobbyists and employers of lobbyists how to comply with laws that regulate lobbyists.” Lobbyists must complete the course as a requirement to register and must certify on the lobbyist registration form that he or she has completed training within the past twelve months. For more information, see the Lobbying Ethics Training page at http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/training/lobbying-ethics.html.

 

Alaska Stat. § 24.45.031(a)(6): Powers and duties
Alaska Stat. § 24.45.041(b)(8): Registration; disqualification

 

Alaska Department of Administration: Public Offices Commission: Lobbying Filer Resources
http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/FilerResources/lobbying.html

 

Lobbying Manual
http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/pdf/manual-lobbying.pdf

 

Lobbying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/FAQs/faq-lobbying.html

 

Lobbyist Code of Ethics
http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/pdf/LobbyistCodeOfEthics.pdf

 

Lobbyist Forms
http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/forms/forms_lobbyist.html

 

2015 Calendar of Deadlines for Lobbyist & Employer of Lobbyist Reports
http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/pdf/2015-Calendar-Lobbyist-and-Employer-Report.pdf

 

Lobbying Ethics Training
http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/training/lobbying-ethics.html

 

Insight
https://myalaska.state.ak.us/apoc/form/Lobbyist/

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