Maine Revised Statutes

§317. Reports

Reports required by this section must be on forms prescribed or approved by the commission. The forms must provide for a sworn statement that the persons signing the report acknowledge the truth and completeness of all the information contained therein. [1993, c. 691, §18 (RPR).]

1. Monthly session reports.  During the period in which the Legislature is in session, every registered lobbyist shall file with the commission, no later than 11:59 p.m. on the 15th calendar day of each month, a report concerning the lobbyist's activities for the previous month regarding each employer.
Every lobbyist shall report that lobbyist's lobbying activities for each month that the Legislature is in session, even if no lobbying has been performed or compensation or reimbursement for expenses received for the month. In the case of a lobbyist representing multiple employers, if no lobbying or services in support of lobbying were performed, one report listing each employer on whose behalf no lobbying was conducted may be submitted. The monthly report must contain the following information:
A. The month to which the report pertains; [1979, c. 632, §2 (RPR).]
B. The name and address of the lobbyist and employer; [1979, c. 632, §2 (RPR).]
C. The names of the individuals who lobbied during the month; [1979, c. 632, §2 (RPR).]
D. The specific dollar amount of compensation received for lobbying activities, as defined in section 312-A, subsection 9, during the month. The amount of compensation received for lobbying officials in the legislative branch, officials in the executive branch and constitutional officers must be reported separately.
In the case of a regular employee, the specific dollar amount must be computed by multiplying the number of hours devoted to the preparation of documents and research for the primary purpose of influencing legislative action and to lobbying by the employee's regular rate of pay based on a 40-hour week; [2007, c. 630, §14 (AMD).]
E. The specific dollar amount of expenditures made or incurred by the lobbyist during the month that is the subject of the report for purposes of lobbying as defined in section 312-A, subsection 9 for which the lobbyist has been or expects to be reimbursed . The amount of expenditures for lobbying officials in the legislative branch, officials in the executive branch and constitutional officers must be reported separately; [2007, c. 630, §14 (AMD).]
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; [2009, c. 282, §4 (NEW).]
F. The total amount of expenditures by the lobbyist or the employer directly to or on behalf of one or more covered officials, including members of the official's immediate family; [2007, c. 630, §14 (AMD).]
G. For any expenditure of money or anything of value made by the lobbyist or employer on behalf of a covered official or a member of the official's immediate family with a total retail value of $25 or more, the name of the official or family member, the person making the expenditure and the date, amount and purpose of the expenditure ; [2007, c. 630, §14 (AMD).]
G-1. The date and a description of an event, a list of all officials in the legislative branch or executive branch or members of an official's immediate family in attendance and the total amount of expenditures for the event, if the total amount of the expenditures for officials and family members is $250 or more; [2007, c. 373, §5 (AMD).]
H. A list of each legislative action by Legislative Document number, specific issue, nomination or other matter in connection with which the lobbyist is engaged in lobbying; [2007, c. 630, §14 (AMD).]
I. A list specifically identifying each legislative action for which the lobbyist was compensated or expects to be compensated, or expended in excess of $1,000 for lobbying activities related to those actions and a statement of the amounts compensated or expended for each; and [2007, c. 630, §14 (AMD).]
J. A list of all of the employer's original sources 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. [2009, c. 282, §5 (AMD).]
[ 2009, c. 282, §§4, 5 (AMD) .]
2. Annual report. 
[ 2011, c. 179, §5 (RP) .]
2-A. Electronic filing.  Beginning January 1, 2006, a lobbyist shall file monthly session reports under subsection 1 through an electronic filing system developed by the commission. The commission may make an exception to this electronic filing requirement if a lobbyist submits a written request that states that the lobbyist lacks access to the technology or the technological ability to file reports electronically. The request for an exception must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the deadline for the first report that the lobbyist is required to file for the lobbying year. The commission shall grant all reasonable requests for exceptions.
[ 2011, c. 179, §6 (AMD) .]
3. Facsimile copies.  The commission may, by rules adopted pursuant to the Maine Administrative Procedure Act, Title 5, chapter 375, establish procedures and fees by which facsimile copies of duly executed reports required by this section may be received and filed with the commission.
[ 1993, c. 446, Pt. B, §10 (AMD) .]
4. Monthly nonsession reports.  When the Legislature is not in regular session, every registered lobbyist must either file:
A. With the lobbyist's last monthly report for that regular session a statement that the lobbyist will not engage in lobbying activities when the Legislature is not in session. The lobbyist is required to file a monthly report for lobbying activity conducted during a special session; or [1993, c. 446, Pt. A, §14 (NEW); 1993, c. 446, Pt. A, §20 (AFF).]
B. If the lobbyist is engaged in lobbying in any of those months, a monthly report in the manner prescribed in subsection 1 even if compensation or reimbursement for expenses has not been received for the month. [1993, c. 446, Pt. A, §14 (NEW); 1993, c. 446, Pt. A, §20 (AFF).]
If the lobbyist did not expect to be engaged in lobbying when the Legislature was not in session, the commission may waive the requirement for the months between the end of the session and the renewal of lobbying.
[ 1993, c. 691, §21 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1975, c. 576, (NEW). 1975, c. 621, §2 (RP). 1975, c. 724, (REEN). 1979, c. 108, §§2,3 (AMD). 1979, c. 632, §2 (RPR). 1985, c. 737, §A8 (AMD). 1987, c. 816, §KK5 (AMD). 1987, c. 868, §1 (AMD). 1989, c. 732, §1 (AMD). RR 1993, c. 2, §1 (COR). 1993, c. 446, §§A14,B7-10 (AMD). 1993, c. 446, §A20 (AFF). 1993, c. 691, §§18-21 (AMD). RR 2001, c. 2, §B58 (AFF). RR 2001, c. 2, §B1 (COR). 2001, c. 430, §6 (AMD). 2005, c. 301, §4 (AMD). 2007, c. 373, §§3-5 (AMD). 2007, c. 630, §§14, 15 (AMD). 2009, c. 282, §§4, 5 (AMD). 2011, c. 179, §§5, 6 (AMD).