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.
“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
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.
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.