“Lobbying” means attempting to influence the passage or defeat of any legislation by directly communicating with any legislator or attempting to influence any formal or exempt rulemaking proceeding by directly communicating with any state officer or employee. “Lobbying” includes, for a person who is otherwise required to be registered as a lobbyist for compensation pursuant to this article, attempting to influence the procurement of materials, services or construction by an agency, including the office of the governor.
“Lobbying” does not include:
Interagency communications between state agency employees
Communications between a public official or employee of a public body, designated public lobbyist or authorized public lobbyist and any state officer, except for a member of the legislature, or an employee of the legislature
Oral questions or comments made by a person to a state officer or employee regarding a proposed rule and made in public at a meeting or workshop that is open to the public and that is sponsored by a state agency, board, commission, council or office
Communications between a public body and a self-employed person or person employed by a partnership or company regarding the procurement of materials, services or construction unless the self-employed person or person employed by a partnership or company is otherwise required to register pursuant to this article or is employed by, supervised by at any level or contracted by a person who is otherwise required to register as a lobbyist for compensation pursuant to this article
“Lobbyist” means any person, other than a designated public lobbyist or authorized public lobbyist, who is employed by, retained by, or representing a person other than himself, with or without compensation, for the purpose of lobbying and who is listed as a lobbyist by the principal in its registration. “Lobbyist” includes a lobbyist for compensation, designated lobbyist, and authorized lobbyist.
“Designated lobbyist” means the person who is designated by a principal as the single point of contact for the principal and who is listed as the designated lobbyist by the principal in its registration.
“Authorized lobbyist” means any person, other than a designated lobbyist or lobbyist for compensation, who is employed by, retained by or representing a principal, with or without compensation, for the purpose of lobbying and who is listed as an authorized lobbyist by the principal in its registration.
“Expenditure” means a payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit or gift of money or anything of value and includes a contract, promise or agreement, whether or not legally enforceable, to make an expenditure that provides a benefit to an individual state officer or state employee and that is incurred by or on behalf of one or more principals, public bodies, lobbyists, designated public lobbyists, or authorized public lobbyists.
Before any principal or public body causes any lobbying to occur on its behalf, the principal must register with the Secretary of State by filing a Principal/Public Body Registration Form and a $25 registration fee. Each principal or public body must register or reregister no later than 5:00 pm on the second Monday in January of each odd-numbered year by filing a Principal/Public Body Registration Form and a $25 registration or reregistration fee.
A person who is listed by a principal or public body on a registration form as a lobbyist for compensation, designated lobbyist, or designated public lobbyist must file a Lobbyist Registration Form with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 pm on the second Monday in January of each even-numbered year.
Lobbyists for Compensation, Designated Lobbyists, and Designated Public Lobbyists must file a Quarterly Lobbyist Report four times per year. In 2015, Quarterly Lobbyist Reports must be filed by the following days: February 2; April 30; July 31; and November 2. Lobbyists may register to file Quarterly Lobbyist Reports electronically by submitting the Electronic Reporting Registration Form. Each Principal and Public Body must file an Annual Principal or Public Body Report.