98-104
Created By: Kathy Dedon on 08/30/2000 at 12:17 PM
Category: Lobbyist Advisory Opinions
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Dismissed Document:


March 17, 1998

Judge Robert D. Downing
19th Judicial District Court
222 St. Louis Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

RE: Board of Ethics Docket No. 98-104

Dear Judge Downing:

The Board of Ethics, at its March 16, 1998 meeting, considered your request for an advisory opinion regarding whether you and other judges would be required to register as lobbyists if you take several legislators to dinner in order to discuss legislation concerning jury trials. You stated that the cost of the meal will exceed $200 but that each judge’s share of the meal will be less than $200.

The Board concluded, and instructed me to inform you, that you would be required to register as a lobbyist only if you make expenditures of $200 or more in a calendar year for the purpose of lobbying. LSA-R.S. 24:51(5) defines a “lobbyist” as “any person who is employed to act in a representative capacity for the purpose of lobbying” or “any person who receives compensation of any kind to act in a representative capacity” and “makes expenditures as herein defined of two hundred dollars or more in a calendar year for the purpose of lobbying.” Therefore, as long as your share of the meal is less than $200, and as long as you make no further expenditures during the calendar year, then you would not be required to register as a lobbyist. If, however, you make additional expenditures throughout the year, and the total of all such expenditures equals or exceeds $200, then you would be required to register as a lobbyist within five days after such event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS



Jennifer G. Magness
For the Board

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