“Lobbying” means communicating directly or through an agent, or soliciting others to communicate, with any official in the legislative or executive branch, for the purpose of attempting to influence legislative or administrative action or a ballot issue.
“Lobbyist” means any individual who for pay or other consideration engages in lobbying in excess of 5 hours in any month of any reporting period or spends more than $750 lobbying during any reporting period.
Individuals exempt from lobbyist registration requirements include:
Any individual who represents oneself and not any other person before the legislature or administrative agency
Any federal, state, or county official or employee acting in the official’s or employee’s official capacity, unless the federal, state or county official, or employee contracts for the services of a lobbyist
Any elected public official acting in the public official’s official capacity, unless the public official contracts for the services of a lobbyist
Any newspaper or other regularly published periodical or radio or television station (including any individual who owns, publishes, or is employed by a newspaper or periodical or radio or television station) while publishing in the regular course of business news items, editorials, or other comments, or paid advertisements, which directly or indirectly urge the passage or defeat of legislative or administrative action
Any attorney who advises the attorney’s clients on the construction or effect of proposed legislative or administrative action
Any person who possesses special skills and knowledge relevant to certain areas of legislation, whose skills and knowledge may be helpful to the legislative and executive branches of state government, and who makes an occasional appearance at the request of the legislature or an administrative agency, or the lobbyist even though receiving reimbursement or other payment from the legislature or administrative agency or the lobbyist for the appearance
An “expenditure” is a payment, distribution, forgiveness of a loan, advance, deposit, or gift of money, or anything of value and includes a contract, promise, or agreement, whether or not enforceable, to make an expenditure. “Expenditure” also includes compensation or other consideration paid to a lobbyist for the performance of lobbying services. “Expenditure” excludes the expenses of preparing written testimony and exhibits for a hearing before the legislature or an administrative agency.
Every lobbyist must file a Lobbyist’s Registration (Form LREG) with the State Ethics Commission within 5 days of becoming a lobbyist. Lobbyist registrations must be renewed biennially by filing the same form within 10 days of the opening of every odd-numbered year’s session of the legislature.
Each lobbyist, each person who spends $750 or more in an attempt to influence legislative or administrative action or a ballot issue by communicating or urging others to communicate with public officials, and each person who employs or contracts for the services of one or more lobbyists must file either a Lobbyist’s Expenditures Statement (Form LOB) or an Organization’s and Other’s Lobbying Expenditures Statements (Form ORG) on March 31st, May 31st, and January 31st of each year and within 30 days after adjournment sine die of any special session of the legislature.