An Act To Improve the Reporting of Grassroots Lobbying
Sec. 1. 3 MRSA §312-A, sub-§7-B, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 282, §1, is amended to read:
"Grassroots lobbying" does not include a person communicating with the person's stockholders, employees, board members, officers or dues-paying members.
Sec. 2. 3 MRSA §312-A, sub-§11-A, as amended by PL 2009, c. 282, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 3 MRSA §317, sub-§1, ¶E-1, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 282, §4, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 3 MRSA §317-A is enacted to read:
§ 317-A. Grassroots lobbying report
Except for a lobbyist filing a monthly report under section 317, subsection 1, paragraph E-1, a person who makes or incurs expenditures in excess of $2,000 during a calendar month for purposes of grassroots lobbying shall file with the commission a report no later than 11:59 p.m. on the 15th day of the calendar month following the date on which that amount was exceeded. For purposes of this section, expenditures include payments of money made to independent contractors and other vendors to purchase goods and services such as advertising, graphic or website design, video or audio production services, telecommunications services, printing and postage. Salaries paid to the person's employees are not expenditures for the purposes of this section and are exempt from disclosure under this section.
Sec. 5. Effective date. This Act takes effect December 1, 2020.