Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 323

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 2-7-2-6.

Synopsis: Registration of media entities that lobby. Removes the exemption from the lobbyist registration statute for a media entity that engages in lobbying activities. Exempts media subscriptions from the reporting requirements of the statute.

Effective: July 1, 2002.





Wheeler




    January 8, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Policy.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2002)


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SENATE BILL No. 323



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning the general assembly.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 2-7-2-6 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 6. (a) The provisions of this chapter and IC 2-7-3 are not applicable to any full-time or part-time public official acting in his the official's official capacity or any full-time or part-time public employee in Indiana acting within the scope of his the employee's employment.
    (b) The provisions of this chapter are not applicable to any newspaper or other periodical of general circulation, book publisher, news wire service, or radio or television station (including any individual who owns, publishes, or is employed by any such newspaper, or periodical, or radio or television station) which in the ordinary course of business publishes news items, editorials, or other comments, or paid advertisement, which directly or indirectly urge legislative action if such newspaper, periodical, book publisher, radio or television station, or individual engages in no further or other activities in connection with urging legislative action other than to appear before a committee of the legislature in support of or in

opposition to such action. that meets the definition of lobbyist under this article.
    (c) The provisions of this chapter are not applicable to an individual invited by any member of the general assembly to testify before the general assembly or a legislative committee at the time the individual is testifying.
    (d) The provisions of this chapter are not applicable to any officer or employee of the state central committee of a political party while acting within the scope of his the officer's or employee's employment.
    (e) This chapter does not apply to a person whose lobbying services are performed without compensation.
    (f) Notwithstanding the definition of "lobbying" as specified in IC 2-7-1-9 , in no instance shall the language of this chapter be construed to prohibit in any way free and open communication between any citizen of this state and members of the general assembly.
    (g) This article does not apply to:
        (1) an insurance policy;
        (2) a credit card agreement;
        (3) a recorded mortgage secured by real property; or
        (4) a written agreement with a financial institution (as defined in IC 28-1-1-3 ); or
        (5) a subscription for a newspaper, television, or other general circulation media service;

if the insurance policy, credit card, mortgage, subscription, or agreement was issued or made in the ordinary course of business.
    (h) This article does not apply to compensation paid to the spouse of a legislator for goods or services provided by the spouse in the ordinary course of business to a lobbyist or a lobbyist's employer.
    (I) The items to which this article does not apply under subsection (g) or (h) shall not be included in activity reports filed under IC 2-7-3-3.