Ind. lobbyists register online
- By Daniel Keegan
- Sep 04, 2000
A new feature on Access Indiana, the state's Web portal, enables lobbyists
to register and report activities and gifts online.
The application, launched late last month by the Indiana Lobby Registration
Commission, saves the department from manually handling filings from more
than 1,300 lobbyists a year.
All lobbyists that work with the Indiana General Assembly must register
with the commission and report all activities and gifts. Before the Web-based
application, which automatically creates files in the ILRC office, forms
were mailed or hand-delivered.
"This application really helps the agency. It's a very labor-intensive
process," said Tara Powell, e-government specialist for Access Indiana.
"There are a lot of administrative savings."
The application is password- protected and is accessible only by lobbyists
or their lawyers. However, Powell said that the application will be expanded
in three weeks so that the public can submit queries online to follow lobbyists'