(a) Notwithstanding any provision of law, including, but not limited to, this chapter, a person acting as an economic development professional is not a lobbyist, unless and until he or she seeks incentives through legislative action, or is seeking funds over which a legislator or legislative delegation has discretionary control, that are above and beyond, or in addition to, the then current statutory or constitutional authorization.
(b) For purposes of this section, an economic development professional is a person employed to advance specific, good faith economic development or trade promotion projects or related objectives for his or her employer, a professional services entity, or a chamber of commerce or similar nonprofit economic development organization in the State of Alabama.
(c) For the purposes of this section, the term economic development professional does not include public officials, public employees, legislators, nor any former legislator within two years of the end of the term for which he or she was elected.
(d) This section shall not apply to any person that is otherwise required to register as a lobbyist.
(e) This section shall be repealed on April 1, 2019.