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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Lobbyist activity reports. Requires a lobbyist to file monthly activity reports listing the expenditures and gifts that equal ten dollars or more in one day, or that together total more than $50 during the calendar year, if the expenditures and gifts are made by the lobbyist or the lobbyist's agent to benefit: (1) a member of the general assembly; (2) an officer of the general assembly; (3) an employee of the general assembly; or (4) a member of the immediate family of any of these persons. Requires the information reported on the monthly activity reports to be compiled and totaled on the semiannual activity reports. Reduces from $100 to $10 the minimum reportable amount of a single gift that a legislator or a candidate for the general assembly must report on the statement of economic interests. Reduces from $250 to $100 the amount of aggregate annual gifts that a legislator or a candidate for the general assembly must report on the statement of economic interests. Requires the lobby registration commission to impose a penalty of $50 per day for each day a lobbyist's activity report is late up to a maximum of $5,000 per report. (Under current law the penalty is $10 per day up to a maximum of $100 per report.) Provides that a function to which the entire general assembly is invited must be reported as a lobbying expense. Requires the lobby registration commission to make statements, reports, and other documents filed with the commission available for public inspection in a searchable data base on the commission's website. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally makes a false report under the lobbyist registration statute commits a Class D felony.