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Full Text of HB4266  103rd General Assembly



State of Illinois
2023 and 2024


Introduced 1/16/2024, by Rep. Maurice A. West, II - Katie Stuart - Ryan Spain, Dagmara Avelar, Lindsey LaPointe, et al.


25 ILCS 170/5

    Amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. Directs the Secretary of State to grant a waiver of the lobbyist registration fee for any not-for-profit entity with an annual budget of less than $5,000,000 that is classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including a waiver for any lobbyist that exclusively lobbies on behalf of such an entity.

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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Lobbyist Registration Act is amended by
5changing Section 5 as follows:
6    (25 ILCS 170/5)
7    Sec. 5. Lobbyist registration and disclosure. Every
8natural person and every entity required to register under
9this Act shall before any service is performed which requires
10the natural person or entity to register, but in any event not
11later than 2 business days after being employed or retained,
12file in the Office of the Secretary of State a statement in a
13format prescribed by the Secretary of State containing the
14following information with respect to each person or entity
15employing, retaining, or benefitting from the services of the
16natural person or entity required to register:
17        (a) The registrant's name, permanent address, e-mail
18    address, if any, fax number, if any, business telephone
19    number, and temporary address, if the registrant has a
20    temporary address while lobbying.
21        (a-5) If the registrant is an entity, the information
22    required under subsection (a) for each natural person
23    associated with the registrant who will be lobbying,



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1    regardless of whether lobbying is a significant part of
2    his or her duties.
3        (b) The name and address of the client or clients
4    employing or retaining the registrant to perform such
5    services or on whose behalf the registrant appears. If the
6    client employing or retaining the registrant is a client
7    registrant, the statement shall also include the name and
8    address of the client or clients of the client registrant
9    on whose behalf the registrant will be or anticipates
10    performing services.
11        (b-5) If the registrant employs or retains a
12    sub-registrant, the statement shall include the name and
13    address of the sub-registrant and identify the client or
14    clients of the registrant on whose behalf the
15    sub-registrant will be or is anticipated to be performing
16    services.
17        (b-7) If the registrant retains a consultant, the
18    statement shall include the name and address of the
19    consultant and identify the client or clients and each
20    executive and legislative branch agency for which the
21    consultant is to provide advisory services.
22        (c) For those identified under subsections (b), (b-5),
23    and (b-7), a brief description of the executive,
24    legislative, or administrative action in reference to
25    which such service is to be rendered.
26        (c-5) Each executive and legislative branch agency of



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1    the State and each unit of local government the registrant
2    expects to lobby during the registration period.
3        (c-6) The nature of the client's business, by
4    indicating all of the following categories that apply: (1)
5    banking and financial services, (2) manufacturing, (3)
6    education, (4) environment, (5) healthcare, (6) insurance,
7    (7) community interests, (8) labor, (9) public relations
8    or advertising, (10) marketing or sales, (11) hospitality,
9    (12) engineering, (13) information or technology products
10    or services, (14) social services, (15) public utilities,
11    (16) racing or wagering, (17) real estate or construction,
12    (18) telecommunications, (19) trade or professional
13    association, (20) travel or tourism, (21) transportation,
14    (22) agriculture, and (23) other (setting forth the nature
15    of that other business).
16        (d) A confirmation that the registrant has a sexual
17    harassment policy as required by Section 4.7, that such
18    policy shall be made available to any individual within 2
19    business days upon written request (including electronic
20    requests), that any person may contact the authorized
21    agent of the registrant to report allegations of sexual
22    harassment, and that the registrant recognizes the
23    Inspector General has jurisdiction to review any
24    allegations of sexual harassment alleged against the
25    registrant or lobbyists hired by the registrant.
26        (e) (Blank).



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1        (f) Each elected or appointed public office in this
2    State to be held by the registrant at any time during the
3    registration period.
4    Every natural person and every entity required to register
5under this Act shall annually submit the registration required
6by this Section on or before each January 31. The registrant
7has a continuing duty to report any substantial change or
8addition to the information contained in the registration. A
9registrant who retains a consultant shall file an amended
10registration before any consulting services are performed, but
11in any event not later than 2 business days after the
12consultant is retained, setting forth the information required
13in subsections (b-7) and (c) of this Section.
14    The Secretary of State shall make all filed statements and
15amendments to statements publicly available by means of a
16searchable database that is accessible through the World Wide
17Web. The Secretary of State shall provide all software
18necessary to comply with this provision to all natural persons
19and entities required to file. The Secretary of State shall
20implement a plan to provide computer access and assistance to
21natural persons and entities required to file electronically.
22    All natural persons and entities required to register
23under this Act shall remit a single, annual, and nonrefundable
24$300 registration fee. The Secretary of State shall grant a
25waiver of this registration fee to any not-for-profit entity
26with an annual budget of less than $5,000,000 that is



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1classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the
2Internal Revenue Code, including a waiver of that fee for any
3lobbyist that exclusively lobbies on behalf of that entity.
4     Each natural person required to register under this Act
5shall submit, on an annual basis, a picture of the registrant.
6A registrant may, in lieu of submitting a picture on an annual
7basis, authorize the Secretary of State to use any photo
8identification available in any database maintained by the
9Secretary of State for other purposes. Each registration fee
10collected for registrations shall be deposited into the
11Lobbyist Registration Administration Fund for administration
12and enforcement of this Act.
13(Source: P.A. 101-595, eff. 12-5-19; 102-664, eff. 1-1-22.)