Ask the Experts – New Changes to Lobbying Law in Indiana

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Myra Cottrill

Myra Cottrill, Esq.

Q. I’m registered as a legislative lobbyist in Indiana.  How do the new changes in the law affect me?

A. Recently, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed Enrolled Act 1222, expanding the definition of lobbying and requiring lobbyists to file registrations and reports electronically. This bill also increases the annual lobbyist registration fee from $100 to $200 and syncs the lobbyist registration year to correspond with the current lobbyist reporting periods (November-April and May-October).  As such, one of the most significant changes requiring your attention is that registration statements issued for 2013 will expire on November 1, not on December 31.

Most of the bill’s provisions will become effective July 1, 2013.  Here is a brief summary of important changes.

Lobbying Thresholds:

  • Effective July 1, 2013, the definition of legislative person includes all employees of the legislative department of state government for determining what communications constitute legislative lobbying.
  • For purposes of determining whether a person is a lobbyist, the annual registration fee is not to be considered when calculating the $500 compensation and expenditure registration thresholds.

Registrations:

  • As noted, current 2013 lobbyist registrations will expire on November 1, 2013. Registration will be required for each reporting year beginning on November 1, 2013, or within 15 business days after becoming a lobbyist, whichever is later. The commission may accept registration statements up to 60 days before the first day of the reporting year.
  • Effective November 1, 2013, the registration fee is $200. However, the registration fee is $100 if the lobbyist is a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, or an employee of a lobbyist nonprofit organization who performs lobbying services for the employer as part of the lobbyist’s salaried responsibilities.
  • Effective November 1, 2013, electronic registration is required unless the commission grants an exception.

Reporting:

  • Effective July 1, 2013, gift reports and purchasing reports need to be filed only with the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission and the legislative person with respect to whom the report was made.
  • Effective January 1, 2014, electronic filing is mandatory unless the commission grants an exception.

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