I am a Governmental Liaison (State Agency or Local Government Liaison)
- 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).
- Quarterly Reportable Expenditure Report. A governmental liaison is required to file a quarterly reportable expenditure report under oath with the Secretary of State.
- Monthly Reportable Expenditure Report. In addition to the quarterly report, a governmental liaison that incurs reportable expenditures with respect to lobbying legislators and legislative employees in any month the General Assembly is in session must file a monthly reportable expenditure report.
- Listing of Expenditures. A governmental liaison is required to report each of the following on expenditure reports filed with the Secretary of State:
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