Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session

Chapter 282

H.P. 246 - L.D. 310

An Act Regarding Indirect Lobbying

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 3 MRSA 312-A, sub-7-B is enacted to read:

7-B. Indirect lobbying. "Indirect lobbying" means to communicate with members of the general public to solicit them to communicate directly with any covered official for the purpose of influencing legislative action, other than legislation that is before the Legislature as a result of a direct initiative in accordance with the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, when that solicitation is made by:
A. A broadcast, cable or satellite transmission;
B. A communication delivered by print media; or
C. A letter or other written communication delivered by mail or by comparable delivery service. E-mail is not considered a letter for the purposes of this paragraph.

Sec. 2. 3 MRSA 312-A, sub-11-A, as amended by PL 2007, c. 630, 8, is further amended to read:

11-A.Original source. "Original source" means any person who contributes or pays $1,000 or more in any lobbying year directly or indirectly to any employer of a lobbyist for purposes of lobbying or indirect lobbying, except that contributions of membership dues to nonprofit corporations formed under Title 13-B, under any equivalent state law or by legislative enactment are not considered contributions by an original source.

Sec. 3. 3 MRSA 312-A, sub-14-A is enacted to read:

14-A. Solicit. "Solicit" means to entreat, implore, urge or ask.

Sec. 4. 3 MRSA 317, sub-1, E-1 is enacted to read:

E-1. When expenditures for the purposes of indirect lobbying exceed $15,000 during the month that is the subject of the report, the specific dollar amount of expenditures for indirect lobbying made or incurred during the month by a lobbyist, lobbyist associate or employer, with separate totals for expenditure categories as determined by the commission, the legislative actions that are the subject of the indirect lobbying and a general description of the intended recipients;

Sec. 5. 3 MRSA 317, sub-1, J, as amended by PL 2007, c. 630, 14, is further amended to read:

J. A list of all of the employer's original sources who have contributed or paid $1,000 or more during the lobbying year directly or indirectly to the employer for purposes of lobbying and a statement of the dollar amounts contributed or paid by the original sources to the employer. If the original source is a corporation formed under Title 13 or 13-C or former Title 13-A, nonprofit corporation formed under Title 13-B or limited partnership under Title 31, the corporation, nonprofit organization or limited partnership, not the individual members or contributors, must be listed as the original source.

Sec. 6. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.


Governmental Ethics and Election Practices - Commission on 0414

Initiative: Provides funds to modify the commission's lobbyist system and public disclosure website.

All Other
$10,000 $0
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Effective September 12, 2009

Office of the Revisor of Statutes
State House, Room 108
Augusta, ME 04333