Association of Student Governments leaders should register with the North Carolina Secretary of State as lobbyists.
State law defines a lobbyist as someone who spends more than 5 percent of their time trying to influence executive or legislative decision making.
ASG leaders are not sure whether or not they fit this definition. It was suggested at ASG’s meeting last weekend that lobbying is not in its job description.
ASG has it wrong — especially since association President Atul Bhula has made it very clear that lobbying is a top priority. In his own words: “Lobbying in North Carolina is our main concern.”
It is possible that ASG doesn’t meet the 5 percent time threshold. But if ASG plans to use that excuse for not registering, then they are calling into question their legitimacy as an organization that prioritizes lobbying for UNC-system students.