“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
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.
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.
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.