Lobby Electronic Filing Instructions

All lobby registrations and reports filed with the Legislature are required to be submitted electronically using the online lobby registration and reporting system. This requirement is pursuant to the provisions of LB 782 passed in 2012 and that took effect January 1, 2015. Paper forms cannot be accepted.

 

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Access Online Lobby System

Each Lobbyist and Principal need to have an account created in order to have log-in creditials to use the online lobby system. (“See Create Account” section if needed.)

  1. Navigate to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/
  2. Click on “For Lobbyists” on the left side.

Lobby user features and information available:

  1. For the purpose of filing, choose “Submit Lobbyist and Principal Reportsunder the “User Features” heading.
  2. Log in using your username and password.
  1. You can access forms on the left side once you log in.

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Forgotten Password and/or Username

Under the “Login” box on the right side of the screen, click on whichever you need - password or username - and follow the instructions or you can contact the Lobby Clerk at lobby@leg.ne.gov or (402) 471-2608.

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Create Account (for new users)

  1. Select “Create Account” on the left side. Complete all of the fields accordingly.

  1. Filed or not filed forms in the past:

  1. Lobbyist or Principal or Both - Choose from the drop-down for which the account is being created. There is the choice of creating an account as a Lobbyist and then a separate account is created for the Principal, or if you act as both the Lobbyist and Principal, you may select “Both” and this will link a single account for the Lobbyist and Principal to share.

  1. Name:

  1. Username - can be up to 30 characters, letters and numbers only, but cannot start with a number and cannot use any spaces. The username must be unique/different and not already in use.

  1. Password - can be up to 30 characters. (The same password can be used for more than one account or for both the Lobbyist and Principal accounts, but the username must be different and not already in use.)

  1. Email Address - can be up to 64 characters and must be a valid email format. (The same email address can be used for more than one account.)

  1. Security Questions and Answers - can be up to 64 characters. Choose a question from the drop-down list and then type in your answer.

  1. Mark that you certify all information is accurate.

  1. You can choose the option to have email reminders for lobby filing deadlines sent to you. You may opt out at any time in your “Settings”.

  1. Captcha - Mark the box that says, “I’m not a robot”.

  1. Write down your account information or print a copy of the screen and keep this information for future reference. Be sure to keep track of your username and password for accessing your account.

  1. When finished, click on “Create Account” at the bottom of the screen. You will now be able to log in using your username and password. You will use your same account for any time that you use the online lobby system.

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Change Contact or Account Information (see also “Amend Forms”)

Once a change is made, subsequent forms will show the change as well.

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Amend Forms

  1. Log into your account.
  2. Choose the form on the left that you need to amend.
  1. Fill in the year of the form you need to make changes to.
  2. Mark the quarter if applicable.
  3. Mark the "Amended…" box.
  4. Select the Principal (if you have more than one or unless you are amending Form C).
  5. Make changes as needed.
  6. Mark the box that you certify all information is accurate.
  7. Sign the form with your name and account password.
  8. Click on “Submit”.

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Registration/Renewal

Form A - Registration

You will need to fill out “Form A - Registration” if you are registering to lobby for a Principal for the first time or if you did not renew your registration before it expired at the end of the calendar year for which you were previously registered.

  1. Log into your Lobbyist account.
  2. Select “Form A - Registration” on the left side.
  3. Fill in the year in which you will be lobbying.
  4. Mark whether you are compensated or not compensated. (If you are a salaried employee of your Principal, you are a compensated Lobbyist.)
  5. The Lobbyist name and address will automatically populate. If you need to make any changes to the Lobbyist name or contact information, you can do so now.
  6. Choose the Principal from the drop-down list. The Principal will appear in the drop-down list as long as the Principal has an account created and the accounts have been properly linked. (If you need make any changes to the Principal contact information, you can do so now. To make changes to a Principal name, this can be done in the settings when logged in to the Principal account or when filing or amending a Form C or C-C.)
  7. Continue to fill out the form accordingly.
  1. When the form is complete, mark the box that you certify all information is accurate.
  2. Sign the form with your name and account password.
  3. Click on “Continue and you can proceed to pay the registration fee which will complete the registration process.

Form A-R - Registration Renewal

  1. Log into your Lobbyist account.
  2. Select “Form A-R - Registration Renewal” on the left.
  3. Choose a Principal.
  4. Enter the amounts given.
  1. Click “Add” and the Principal will be listed on the form.
  2. If you wish to add another Principal, click the plus “+” button and the pop-up will open above and you can select another Principal. To remove a Principal, you can click on the minus “-“ button.
  3. When the form is complete, mark the box that you certify all information is accurate.
  4. Sign the form with your name and account password.
  5. Click on “Continueand you can proceed to pay the registration fee which will complete the registration process.

Note that once a Form A-R is submitted, if you have more than one Principal, the form is automatically split into separate registrations for each Principal. (These registrations can be amended individually in the “Pay Fees” section if needed.)

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Pay Registration Fee(s)

Once you have completed your registration(s) and/or renewal(s) online, the registration fee(s) can be paid by either using a credit card online or by submitting a check to the Clerk of the Legislature’s Office.

  1. Log into your account. (Either the Lobbyist or Principal can pay for a registration from their account.)
  2. Click on “Pay Fees” in the upper left of the screen.
  3. Checkmark next to the registration(s) you want to pay for. (If you have more than one registration, you can pay for them all at one time by marking them all.)
  4. Click on “Make Payment” in the lower left and you will be directed to the site in which you will enter your payment information.
  5. Once you have paid, you can view your payment history and print a receipt by clicking on “Receipts” in the upper part of the screen. A receipt is also automatically emailed to the email address associated with the Lobbyist account. 

Clerk of the Legislature

Lobby Registration

State Capitol, Room 2014

PO Box 94604

Lincoln, NE 68509-4604

 

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Form B - Lobbyist Quarterly Report

  1. Log into your Lobbyist account.
  2. Choose “Form B - Lobbyist Quarterly Report” on the left side.
  3. Fill in the year the report applies to.
  4. Mark the quarter for which the report is for.
  5. Select the Principal from the drop-down list.
  6. Complete the rest of the form accordingly. 
  1. When the form is complete, mark the box that you certify all information is accurate.
  2. Sign the form with the Lobbyist name and account password.
  3. Click on “Submit”.
  4. A message will display letting you know the form was successfully filed.


Note:  It is a good idea to check that your form has been filed. Click on “View Filed Forms on the left side or navigate to www.nebraskalegislature.gov and choose “For Lobbyists” on the left side. Select “View Lobbyist and Principal Reports” and you can look up filings according to Lobbyist or Principal depending on the report you want to view.

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Form C - Principal Quarterly Report

  1. Log into the Principal account.
  2. Choose “Form C - Principal Quarterly Report” on the left side.
  3. Fill in the year the report applies to.
  4. Mark the quarter for which the report is for.
  5. The names of the registered Lobbyists that pertain to the quarter in which the report is being filed for will automatically be populated.
  6. Complete the rest of the form accordingly.
  1. When the form is complete, mark the box that you certify all information is accurate.
  2. Sign” the form with the Principal name and account password.
  3. Click on “Submit”.
  4. A message will display letting you know the form was successfully filed.  


Note:  It is a good idea to check that your form has been filed. Click on “View Filed Forms on the left side or navigate to www.nebraskalegislature.gov and choose “For Lobbyists” on the left side. Select “View Lobbyist and Principal Reports” and you can look up filings according to Lobbyist or Principal depending on the report you want to view.

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Form D - Statement of Activity

  1. Log into your account.
  2. Activity or no activity:
  1. Select the Principal.
  2. Type in your activity information. You need to type “LB” or “LR” with the number. The one-liner will update automatically. You should only list your final disposition for legislation - support, oppose, or neutral.
  3. Click the “+ Add” button or press “Enter” to save each activity item. Bills will appear in correct numerical order when the Form D is submitted. (“Export to CSV” means it will put all your activity information into a spreadsheet.)

a) You need to be logged into the account in which you want to copy FROM.  

b) Go into “Edit Activities”.

c) Select whose Form D you wish to copy FROM or select “All”.  

d) Click on the "Copy Activities" button.

e) You will need to choose who you want to copy TO and enter the username and

    password for them.

 f) Click on “Find User” and you should see a list of all Lobbyists or Principals

    relating to that account. Choose which or all that you wish to copy to and the  

    activities will be copied.  

  1. When you are ready to submit your Form D, click on “Form D - Statement of Activity”.
  2. Fill in the year the report applies to.
  3. Select the Principal.
  1. When the form is complete, mark the box that you certify all information is accurate.
  2. Sign” the form with your name and account password.
  3. Click on “Submit”.
  4. A message will display letting you know the form was successfully filed.

Note:  It is a good idea to check that your form has been filed. Click on “View Filed Forms” on the left side or navigate to www.nebraskalegislature.gov and choose “For Lobbyists” on the left side. Select “View Lobbyist and Principal Reports” and you can look up filings according to Lobbyist or Principal depending on the report you want to view.

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Form E - Exemption Statement (for non-compensated Lobbyists)

If you are “not compensated” and do not expect to receive any lobbying receipts or make any lobbying expenditures, Lobbyists (and Principals if applicable) can be exempt from filing quarterly reports by filing a “Form E - Exemption Statement”. (Note:  Exempt Lobbyists are still required to file a “Form D - Statement of Activity” after session.)

Once your registration is submitted and the fee is paid, you can file a Form E. 

  1. Log into your account.
  2. Choose “Form E - Exemption Statement” on the left side.
  3. Fill in the year.
  4. Select the Principal.
  5. Mark the exemption description that applies to your situation - Exemption for Lobbyist and Principal or Exemption for Lobbyist Only.
  6. When the form is complete, mark the box that you certify all information is accurate.
  7. Sign” the form with your name and account password.
  8. Click on “Submit”.
  9. A message will display letting you know the form was successfully filed

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Form F - Termination Statement

If you need to terminate a registration before it automatically expires at the end of the calendar year, you can file a “Form F - Termination Statement”.

 

  1. Log into your account.
  2. Choose “Form F - Termination Statement” on the left side.
  3. Fill in the year.
  4. Select the Principal.
  5. Mark the termination description that applies to your situation.
  6. When the form is complete, mark the box that you certify all information is accurate.
  7. Sign the form with your name and account password.
  8. Click on “Submit”.
  9. A message will display letting you know the form was successfully filed

Make sure you also file any necessary reports such as the “Form D - Statement of Activity” if you have not already and if you are terminating in the middle of a quarter, you may need to submit a quarterly report for that quarter as well if applicable.

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Questions 

7/20/2018