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I am a Governmental Liaison (State Agency or Local Government Liaison)

Governmental Liaisons

  • Liaison Personnel. An employee of a State agency whose principal duties include lobbying legislators and/or legislative employees for legislative action. Agencies must designate at least one, but not more than two, liaison personnel to lobby for legislative action.
  • Local Government Liaison. An employee of a local government whose principal duties include lobbying legislators and/or legislative employees for legislative action.
  • Although governmental liaisons engage in lobbying, they are specifically excluded from the Lobbying Law’s definition of “lobbyist.”

Registration, Reporting, and Identification Requirements

  • Before lobbying a legislator or legislative employee for legislative action or within one business day of lobbying, a governmental liaison is required to file a registration statement with the Secretary of State.
  • In addition, prior to lobbying a legislator or legislative employee, governmental liaisons must identify themselves and the governmental entity represented.

Prohibitions and Restrictions

  • Gift Ban. Governmental liaisons are prohibited from giving a gift, directly or indirectly, to legislators or legislative employees.
  • Restriction Against State Agency Hiring Contract Lobbyist. A State agency may not hire a contract lobbyist to lobby a legislator or legislative employee for legislative action unless authorized by G.S. 147-17(a).

Reporting Requirements

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