If I am invited by an agency to participate in a work group or task force to aid them in determining how to address certain issues in an upcoming rulemaking, do I need to register as an executive branch lobbyist?

Published 08/06/2007 03:10 PM   |    Updated 02/17/2009 05:31 PM

If I am invited by an agency to participate in a work group or task force to aid them in determining how to address certain issues in an upcoming rulemaking, do I need to register as an executive branch lobbyist?

No.  25 IAC 6-1-1(7)(H) creates an exception to the definition of lobbying “activity” for advisory bodies of the executive department as long as the advisory body is authorized only to make nonbinding recommendations.  Also, 25 IAC 6-1-1(7)(G) excludes communications which are “solicited by an agency.”  Keep in mind that that this exception requires that the agency keep written documentation of the public policy purpose for extending such an invitation on file for a period of four years.

 

For more information, see the Executive Branch Lobbyist Registration Rule,or call (317) 234-4431.

 

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