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Political Involvement in Montana

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Montana

“Lobbying” means:

  • the practice of promoting or opposing the introduction or enactment of legislation before the legislature or legislators and
  • the practice of promoting or opposing official action of any public official or the legislature

 

“Lobbying” does not include actions performed by a public official, an elected local official, an elected federal official, or an elected tribal official while acting in an official governmental capacity.

 

Mont. Code Ann. § 5-7-102(11)

 

“Lobbyist” means a person who engages in the practice of lobbying. “Lobbyist” does not include:

  • an individual acting solely on the individual’s own behalf,
  • an individual working for the same principal as a licensed lobbyist if the individual does not have personal contact involving lobbying with a public official or the legislature on behalf of the lobbyist’s principal, or
  • an individual who receives payments from one or more persons that total less than $2,500in a calendar year

 

Mont. Code Ann. § 5-7-102(12)

 

“Principal” means a person who employs a lobbyist or a person required to report.

 

Mont. Code Ann. § 5-7-102(15)

Anyone meeting the definition of a lobbyist must register by filing a Lobbyist License Application (Form L-1), along with a $150 license fee. The lobbyist’s employer must file a Principal Authorization Statement (Form L-2). Those who spend more than $2,550 (calendar years 2017 and 2018) in a calendar year for lobbying, but who do not hire any one lobbyist who makes more than $2,550(calendar years 2017 and 2018) must file a Principal Registration Application (Form L-3). Each license expires on December 31st of each even-numbered year.

 

Mont. Code Ann. § 5-7-103: Licenses; fees; eligibility; waiver

 

Any principal who makes payment or agrees to make payments exceeding $2,550 (calendar years 2017 and 2018) in a calendar year for the purpose of lobbying must file an initial Lobbying Financial Report (Form L-5). The principal must also file End of Session Report 30 days after the legislature adjourns and a Session Year End Report covering the post-session to year-end time frame by February 15. Any principal who makes payment or agrees to make payments exceeding $5,000 in a calendar year for the purpose of lobbying must file monthly reports by the 15th of each month the legislature is in session.

 

Mont. Code Ann. § 5-7-208: Principals to file report

 

Registration and reporting forms may be submitted through the Commissioner of Political Practices Lobby Registration and Reporting website at http://lobbyistregistration.mt.gov/login.jsf.

 

Montana Commissioner of Political Practices: Lobbying
http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/4lobbying/default.mcpx

 

Lobbying Laws
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/5_7.htm

 

Lobbying Rules
http://www.mtrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?

Chapter=44.12

 

Forms/FAQs
http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/content/4lobbying/FAQupdated2015

 

Form L-1: Lobbyist License Application
http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/content/4lobbying/2015FormL1

 

Form L-2: Principal Authorization Statement
http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/content/4lobbying/2015FormL2

 

Form L-3: Principal Registration Application
http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/content/4lobbying/2015FormL3

 

Form L-5: Lobbying Financial Report
http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/content/4lobbying/2015FormL5

 

Reporting Calendars
http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/4lobbying/calendar.mcpx

 

Commissioner of Political Practices Lobby Registration and Reporting Website
http://lobbyistregistration.mt.gov/login.jsf

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