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Exemptions from Lobbyist Registration requirement

Posted By gaethics On May 2, 2011 @ 6:19 pm In Lobbyist Questions | No Comments

Who is NOT required to register as a Lobbyist under the Act per O.C.G.A. §21-5-70(i)?

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 communicates personal views, interests, or professional opinions on that individual’s own behalf to any public officer;

1.1 An employee or interdependent contractor of a vendor who solely participates in soliciting a bid or preparing a written bid, written proposal, or other document relating to a potential contract with a state or local government agency or a bona fide salesperson who sells to or contracts with a state or local government agency for goods or services, is not hired specifically to undertake influencing a public officer or state agency, and does not engage in other activities which would make such a person a lobbyist;

2. Any person who is invited by a public agency or government entity to appear before a committee or at a hearing of such agency or entity, including but not limited to a committee of either chamber of the General Assembly or a joint committee thereof, for the purpose of giving testimony so long as such person clearly identifies himself or herself and the interested party on whose behalf he or she is testifying;

3. Any person who is invited to furnish information upon the specific request of a public agency or government entity, including but not limited to a committee of either chamber of the General Assembly or a joint committee thereof, so long as such person clearly identifies himself or herself and the interested party on whose behalf he or she furnishes such information;

3.1 Any individual who is not compensated for the specific purpose of lobbying, does not incur more than $250.00 per calendar year in reimbursable lobbying expenditure and is a member, director, trustee, officer, or committee member of a business, trade, labor, farm, professional, religious, educational, or charitable association, foundation or organization which employs or contracts with a registered lobbyist for the purpose of lobbying;

4. Any licensed attorney appearing on behalf of or representing a client, and any staff employed by such attorney, when such attorney is not compensated for the specific purpose of lobbying;

5. Any person employed or appointed by a lobbyist registered pursuant to this code section whose duties and activities do not include lobbying;

6. Elected public officers or appointed public officials performing the official duties of their public office or position;

7. Any public employee, aide, or intern 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.

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