Through SB 1446 passed earlier this year, Idaho amended its lobbying and gift rules on July 1. Three of the changes are discussed below.
First, the state expanded its definition of lobbying to include goodwill lobbying, a concept that, by statutory terms, encompasses the entertainment of executive and legislative branch officials.
Second, in addition to other reporting changes, the state moved the deadline for monthly lobbyist reports due during the session. Such reports are now due on the 15th day of the next month instead of the 10th day.
Finally, Idaho amended its general gift rule to cover executive branch officials as well as legislative officials, although the legislature also created an exception for "benefits received as a result of lobbying activities."