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Political Involvement in Indiana


Requirements for Political Involvement in Indiana

“Lobbying” means communicating by any means, or paying others to communicate by any means, with any legislative person with the purpose of influencing any legislative action.


Ind. Code § 2-7-1-9


A “lobbyist” is any person who:

  • Engages in lobbying and
  • In any registration year, receives or expends an aggregate of at least $500 in reportable compensation or expenditures, whether the compensation or expenditure is solely for lobbying or the lobbying is incidental to that individual’s regular employment

“Lobbyist” does not include:

  • A public employee or public official
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures
  • The National Conference of Insurance Legislators
  • The American Legislative Exchange Council
  • Women in Government
  • The Council of State Governments
  • The National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • Any other national organization established for the education and support of legislative leadership, legislators, legislative staff, or related government employees

Ind. Code § 2-7-1-10


“Legislative action” means any matter within the authority of the general assembly; it includes the drafting, introduction, consideration, modification, enactment, or defeat of any bill, resolution, amendment, report, or other matter by the general assembly or by either house or any committee, subcommittee, joint or select committee thereof, or by a member or employee of the general assembly acting in his official capacity. “Legislative action” also means the action of the governor in approving or vetoing any bill.


Ind. Code § 2-7-1-7


“Influencing legislative action” means promoting, supporting, influencing, modifying, opposing, or delaying any legislative action by any means.


Ind. Code § 2-7-1-6


An “expenditure” is any advance, conveyance, deposit, distribution, transfer of funds, loan, payment, honorarium, pledge, or subscription of money or anything of value, and any contract, agreement, promise, or other obligation, whether or not legally enforceable, to make an expenditure.


Ind. Code § 2-7-1-3


“Reporting year” means the period from November 1st through October 31st.


Ind. Code § 2-7-1-18

For each reporting year (November 1st through October 31st), each lobbyist must file a Registration Statement and a $200 registration fee with the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission. Registration Statements must be filed no later than November 1st each year, or within 15 business days after a person becomes a lobbyist, whichever is later.


Ind. Code § 2-7-2-1: Filing requirement; online registration
Ind. Code § 2-7-2-2: Time of filing; expiration of registration; late filing; fees


Each lobbyist must file semiannual Activity Reports on or before May 31st and November 30th of each year. Lobbyists must file a separate Activity Report for each person from whom the lobbyist receives payment for lobbying.


Ind. Code § 2-7-3-1: Filing requirement; online filing
Ind. Code § 2-7-3-2: Time of filing; failure to file; penalty; limitation


All Registration Statements and Activity Reports must be completed electronically. Instructions for electronic filing may be found at http://www.in.gov/ilrc/2341.htm.


Indiana Lobby Registration Commission


2014 Indiana Lobbyist Handbook


Informal Advice to Lobbyists


Electronic Filing Instructions

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