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Political Involvement in Louisiana

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Louisiana

“Lobbying” or “to lobby” mean any of the following:

  • Any direct act or communication with a legislator, the purpose of which is to aid in influencing the passage or defeat of any legislation
  • Any preparation or research specifically intended, at the time it is performed, for use in or in support of any ongoing or planned direct act or communication with a legislator, the purpose of which is to aid in influencing the passage or defeat of any legislation
  • Conducting or attending a meeting the purpose of which is to discuss direct communication with a legislator to aid in influencing the passage or defeat of any legislation

 

La. Rev. Stat. § 24:51(4)

 

A “lobbyist” is either of the following:

  • Any person who is employed or engaged for compensation to act in a representative capacity for the purpose of lobbying if lobbying constitutes one of the principal duties of such employment or engagement
  • Any person who acts in a representative capacity and makes an expenditure

 

“Lobbyist” does not include any person who does not make any direct act or have any direct communication with a legislator for the purpose of influencing the passage or defeat of any legislation.

 

La. Rev. Stat. § 24:51(5)

Each lobbyist must register electronically with the Louisiana Board of Ethics within 5 days after employment as a lobbyist or within 5 days after the first action requiring his or her registration as a lobbyist by completing the registration process at the Board’s website (http://ethics.la.gov/Lobbyist/Registration/RegistrationDemographicInformation.aspx) and paying a fee of $110 per lobbying branch. Registrations expire on December 31st of each year and must be renewed annually between December 1st and January 31st on the Lobbyist Online System (http://ethics.la.gov/Lobbyist/default.aspx).

 

La. Rev. Stat. § 24:53: Registration of lobbyists with the board; compilation of information

 

Each registered lobbyist is also required to receive a minimum of 1 hour of education and training on the provisions of the Louisiana Revised Statutes and the Code of Governmental Ethics which the Board of Ethics determines are relevant to such a lobbyist during each year that the lobbyist is registered. There is no fee for this training, and a list of upcoming lobbying seminars can be found at http://www.ethics.state.la.us/SeminarRegistration/default.aspx?Type=Lobbying.

 

La. Rev. Stat. § 42:1170A(4): Ethics education; mandatory requirements

 

Each registered lobbyist is required to electronically file a monthly report of all expenditures on or before the 25th day of each month (unless otherwise noted) through the Lobbyist Online System. The filing deadlines for 2015 can be found at http://ethics.la.gov/LobbyingFilingDeadlines.aspx.

 

La. Rev. Stat. § 24:55: Lobbyist expenditure reports
La. Rev. Stat. § 49:76: Lobbyist expenditure reports
La. Rev. Stat. § 33-9666: Lobbyist expenditure reports

 

Louisiana Ethics Administration Program: Lobbying Portal
http://ethics.la.gov/LobbyingHome.aspx

 

Lobbyist Online System
http://ethics.la.gov/Lobbyist/default.aspx

 

Frequently Asked Questions
http://ethics.la.gov/Lobbyist/FAQs.aspx

 

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