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.
January 8, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Policy.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning the
IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 6. (a) The provisions of this chapter
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
(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
(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;
(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.