Who is NOT required to register as a Lobbyist under the Act?
There are a number of situations in which a person may appear before the General Assembly or speak with legislators and not be required to register as a lobbyist. The following are the express exemptions from the lobbyist registration requirement laid out in OCGA 21-5-71(i)
(1) Any individual who expresses personal views, on that individual’s own behalf, to any public officer;
(2) Any person who appears before a public agency or governmental entity committee or hearing for the purpose of giving testimony when such person is not otherwise required to register as a lobbyist;
(3) Any public employee of an agency appearing before a governmental entity committee or hearing at the request of the governmental entity or any person who furnishes information upon the specific request of a governmental entity;
(4) Any licensed attorney appearing on behalf of a client in any adversarial proceeding before an agency of this state or any political subdivision of this state;
(5) Any person employed or appointed by a registered lobbyist whose duties and activities do not include lobbying;
(6) Elected public officers performing the official duties of their public office; and
(7) Any public employee who performs services at the direction of a member of the General Assembly including, but not limited to, drafting petitions, bills, or resolutions; attending the taking of testimony; collating facts; preparing arguments and memorials and submitting them orally or in writing to a committee or member of the General Assembly; and other services of like character intended to reach the reason of the legislators.