“Lobby” and “lobbying” mean attempting through contacts with, or causing others to make contact with, members of the legislature or legislative committees or an executive official, to influence the approval, modification, or rejection of any legislation by the state legislature or any committee thereof or by the governor or to develop or maintain relationships with, promote goodwill with, or entertain members of the legislature or executive officials. “Lobby” and “lobbying” also mean communicating with an executive official for the purpose of influencing the consideration, amendment, adoption, or rejection of any rule or rulemaking, or any ratemaking decision, procurement, contract, bid, or bid process, financial services agreement, or bond issue.
Neither “lobby” nor “lobbying” include an association’s or other organization’s act of communicating with the members of that association or organization, and neither “lobby” nor “lobbying” include communicating with an executive official for the purpose of carrying out ongoing negotiations following the award of a bid or a contract, communications involving ongoing legal work and negotiations conducted by and with attorneys for executive agencies, interactions between parties in litigation or other contested matters, or communications among and between members of the legislature and executive officials and their employees, or by state employees while acting in their official capacity or within the course and scope of their employment.
“Expenditure” includes any payment, contribution, subscription, 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. The term “expenditure” also includes a promise to pay, a payment or a transfer of anything of value in exchange for goods, services, property, facilities or anything of value for the purpose of assisting, benefiting or honoring any public official or candidate, or assisting in furthering or opposing any election campaign.
Before doing any lobbying, or within 30 days after being employed as a lobbyist, whichever occurs first, a lobbyist must register with the Secretary of State by filing a Registration Statement (Form L-1) and a registration fee of $10. Form L-1 must be filed on or before January 10th of every year.
Every registered lobbyist must file Monthly Reports (Form L-3) of his or her lobbying activities while the legislature is in session on or before the 15th day of each month. Every registered lobbyist must also file an Annual Report (Form L-2) on January 31st of each year, except that any lobbyist whose lobbying activities are confined only to executive officials must file Form L-2 semi-annually on January 31st and July 31st.