IPCPR Legislative | Political Involvement in Missouri

Political Involvement in Missouri

missouri

Requirements for Political Involvement in Missouri

A “lobbyist” is any natural person defined as an executive lobbyist, judicial lobbyist, elected local government official lobbyist, or a legislative lobbyist.

 

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 105.470(6)

 

An “executive lobbyist” is any natural person who acts for the purpose of attempting to influence any action by the executive branch of government or by any elected or appointed official, employee, department, division, agency or board or commission thereof and in connection with such activity, meets the requirements of any one or more of the following:

  • Is acting in the ordinary course of employment on behalf of or for the benefit of such person’s employer; or
  • Is engaged for pay or for any valuable consideration for the purpose of performing such activity; or
  • Is designated to act as a lobbyist by any person, business entity, governmental entity, religious organization, nonprofit corporation, association or other entity; or
  • Makes total expenditures of $50 or more during the 12-month period beginning January 1st and ending December 31st for the benefit of one or more public officials or one or more employees of the executive branch of state government in connection with such activity.

 

“Executive lobbyist” does not include a member of the general assembly, an elected state official, or any other person solely due to such person’s participation in any of the following activities:

  • Appearing or inquiring in regard to a complaint, citation, summons, adversary proceeding, or contested case before a state board, commission, department, division or agency of the executive branch of government or any elected or appointed officer or employee thereof;
  • Preparing, filing or inquiring, or responding to any audit, regarding any tax return, any public document, permit or contract, any application for any permit or license or certificate, or any document required or requested to be filed with the state or a political subdivision;
  • Selling of goods or services to be paid for by public funds, provided that such person is attempting to influence only the person authorized to authorize or enter into a contract to purchase the goods or services being offered for sale;
  • Participating in public hearings or public proceedings on rules, grants, or other matters;
  • Responding to any request for information made by any public official or employee of the executive branch of government;
  • Preparing or publication of an editorial, a newsletter, newspaper, magazine, radio or television broadcast, or similar news medium, whether print or electronic;
  • Acting within the scope of employment by the general assembly, or acting within the scope of employment by the executive branch of government when acting with respect to the department, division, board, commission, agency or elected state officer by which such person is employed, or with respect to any duty or authority imposed by law to perform any action in conjunction with any other public official or state employee; or
  • Testifying as a witness before a state board, commission or agency of the executive branch.

 

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 105.470(2)

 

A “judicial lobbyist” is any natural person who acts for the purpose of attempting to influence any purchasing decision by the judicial branch of government or by any elected or appointed official or any employee thereof and in connection with such activity, meets the requirements of any one or more of the following:

  • Is acting in the ordinary course of employment which primary purpose is to influence the judiciary in its purchasing decisions on a regular basis on behalf of or for the benefit of such person’s employer, except that this shall not apply to any person who engages in lobbying on an occasional basis only and not as a regular pattern of conduct; or
  • Is engaged for pay or for any valuable consideration for the purpose of performing such activity; or
  • Is designated to act as a lobbyist by any person, business entity, governmental entity, religious organization, nonprofit corporation or association; or
  • Makes total expenditures of $50 or more during the 12-month period beginning January 1st and ending December 31st for the benefit of one or more public officials or one or more employees of the judicial branch of state government in connection with attempting to influence such purchasing decisions by the judiciary.

 

A “judicial lobbyist” does not include a member of the general assembly, an elected state official, or any other person solely due to such person’s participation in any of the following activities:

  • Appearing or inquiring in regard to a complaint, citation, summons, adversary proceeding, or contested case before a state court;
  • Participating in public hearings or public proceedings on rules, grants, or other matters;
  • Responding to any request for information made by any judge or employee of the judicial branch of government;
  • Preparing, distributing or publication of an editorial, a newsletter, newspaper, magazine, radio or television broadcast, or similar news medium, whether print or electronic; or
  • Acting within the scope of employment by the general assembly, or acting within the scope of employment by the executive branch of government when acting with respect to the department, division, board, commission, agency or elected state officer by which such person is employed, or with respect to any duty or authority imposed by law to perform any action in conjunction with any other public official or state employee.

 

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 105.470(4)

 

An “elected local government official lobbyist” is any natural person employed specifically for the purpose of attempting to influence any action by a local government official elected in a county, city, town, or village with an annual operating budget of over $10 million.

 

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 105.470(1)

 

A “legislative lobbyist” is any natural person who acts for the purpose of attempting to influence the taking, passage, amendment, delay or defeat of any official action on any bill, resolution, amendment, nomination, appointment, report or any other action or any other matter pending or proposed in a legislative committee in either house of the general assembly, or in any matter which may be the subject of action by the general assembly and in connection with such activity, meets the requirements of any one or more of the following:

  • Is acting in the ordinary course of employment, which primary purpose is to influence legislation on a regular basis, on behalf of or for the benefit of such person’s employer, except that this does not apply to any person who engages in lobbying on an occasional basis only and not as a regular pattern of conduct; or
  • Is engaged for pay or for any valuable consideration for the purpose of performing such activity; or
  • Is designated to act as a lobbyist by any person, business entity, governmental entity, religious organization, nonprofit corporation, association or other entity; or
  • Makes total expenditures of $50 or more during the 12-month period beginning January 1st and ending December 31st for the benefit of one or more public officials or one or more employees of the legislative branch of state government in connection with such activity. “Legislative lobbyist” includes an attorney at law engaged in activities on behalf of any person unless excluded by any of the following exceptions.

 

“Legislative lobbyist” does not include any member of the general assembly, an elected state official, or any other person solely due to such person’s participation in any of the following activities:

  • Responding to any request for information made by any public official or employee of the legislative branch of government;
  • Preparing or publication of an editorial, a newsletter, newspaper, magazine, radio or television broadcast, or similar news medium, whether print or electronic;
  • Acting within the scope of employment of the legislative branch of government when acting with respect to the general assembly or any member thereof;
  • Testifying as a witness before the general assembly or any committee thereof.

 

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 105.470(5)

 

A “lobbyist principal” is any person, business entity, governmental entity, religious organization, nonprofit corporation or association who employs, contracts for pay or otherwise compensates a lobbyist.

 

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 105.470(7)

Each lobbyist is required to register with the Missouri Ethic Commission by January 5th of each year or within 5 days of beginning any activities as a lobbyist by filing a Lobbyist Registration Statement and a fee of $10. During any period of time in which a lobbyist conducts lobbying activities, lobbyists must also electronically file monthly expenditure reports on or before the 10th day of each month through the Missouri Ethics Commission’s Lobbyist Electronic Reporting System. These expenditure reports must detail money spent on behalf of elected officials, their employees, spouses, and dependent children and direct business relationships, associations, or partnerships the lobbyist has with a public or elected local government official. Finally, lobbyists must file a List of Principals and Legislative Action, giving a general description of the proposed legislation or action by the executive branch or judicial branch the lobbyist or lobbyist principal either supported or opposed, by March 15th and May 30th of each year.

 

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 105.473: Duties of lobbyist

Missouri Ethics Commission Lobbying Resources Website
http://www.mec.mo.gov/EthicsWeb/Lobbying/Lobbying.aspx

Lobbyist Registration Statement
http://www.mec.mo.gov/WebDocs/PDF/Fillable/Lobbyist/LOB_Reg.PDF

Missouri Ethics Commission’s Lobbyist Electronic Reporting System
http://www.mec.mo.gov/LobElectronicWeb/

List of Principals and Legislative Action
http://www.mec.mo.gov/WebDocs/PDF/Fillable/Lobbyist/LOB_PrincList.PDF

CONTACT IPCPR LEGISLATIVE
Questions? Comments? Interested in Getting Involved? Contact the IPCPR Legislative Team!
CONTACT US
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.