A “lobbyist” is a person who is authorized to lobby on behalf of a principal and includes an officer, agent, attorney, or employee of the principal whose regular duties include lobbying.
A “principal” is a person who authorizes a lobbyist to lobby on behalf of that principal.
“Lobbyist” or “principal” does not include
A public official or employee of a branch of state government, except the University of Nebraska, or an elected official of a political subdivision who is acting in the course or scope of his or her office or employment;
Any publisher, owner, or working member of the press, radio, or television while disseminating news or editorial comment to the general public in the ordinary course of business;
An employee of a principal or lobbyist whose duties are confined to typing, filing, and other types of clerical office work;
Any person who limits his or her activities to: appearances before legislative committees and who so advises the committee at the time of his or her appearance whom he or she represents or that he or she appears at the invitation of a named member of the Legislature or at the direction of the Governor; or writing letters or furnishing written material to individual members of the Legislature or to the committees thereof;
Any individual who does not engage in lobbying for another person; or
An employee of a political subdivision whose regular employment duties do not ordinarily include lobbying activities as long as such employee is not additionally compensated for such lobbying activities, other than his or her regular salary, and is not reimbursed for any lobbying expenditures except his or her travel, lodging, and meal expenses and the meal expenses for members of the Legislature.
“Lobbying” means the practice of promoting or opposing for another person the introduction or enactment of legislation or resolutions before the Legislature or the committees or the members thereof, and shall also include the practice of promoting or opposing executive approval of legislation or resolutions.
Every person employed, retained, or authorized as a lobbyist must, before commencing any lobbying activity, register with the Clerk of the Legislature by electronically filing the Lobbyist Registration form (Form A) and paying the appropriate application fee ($200 for compensated lobbyists; $15 for uncompensated lobbyists) at http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/lobbyist/auth.php. Registrations expire on December 31st of each year and must be renewed annually.
Every registered lobbyist and principal must also electronically file a Lobbyist Quarterly Report (Form B) or Principal Quarterly Report (Form C) for each lobbying relationship within 30 days after the end of each quarter. The 2015 report deadlines are as follows:
Reporting Period Due Date
January through March April 30, 2015
April through June July 30, 2015
July through September October 30, 2015
October through December February 1, 2016
Any lobbyist or principal who receives or expends more than $5,000 for lobbying purposes during any calendar month in which the Legislature is in session must electronically file a Lobbyist Special Report (Form B-B) or Principal Special Report (Form C-C) within 15 days after the end of the month.
Within 45 days after the completion of every regular or special session of the Legislature, each registered lobbying must also electronically file a Lobbyist Statement of Activity NADC (Form D), listing the legislation upon which the lobbyist acted, including identification by number of any bill or resolution and the position taken by the lobbyist.