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Q: I need to register as a lobbyist in Georgia and I have heard Georgia has overhauled their system. Were there any changes to how one registers or to what is required on lobbying reports? A: Georgia has undergone a […]

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Q: I want to sell my company’s product to a state or local government entity. Do I need to register as a lobbyist? A: Jurisdictions approach the issue of procurement lobbying differently and registration requirements can vary widely from one […]

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Q: I am an in-house lobbyist and frequently like to meet with legislators to build relationships. If I am not lobbying on any issues, do I still need to worry about registration requirements?  A: You should absolutely be thinking about […]

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Q: I need to lobby on the municipal level, but I’m registered with the state. Am I covered? A: It will depend on the state, but you might not be covered. Some states, including Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, and New York, […]

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Q: We recently hired a lobbyist that is coming to our company directly from spending a number of years as a Senate staffer. What restrictions should we be aware of as her new employer in terms of who she can […]

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Q: I heard the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission (ILRC) updated their website. How will the changes affect how lobbyists register and file reports? A: Yes, the ILRC has upgraded their reporting system and new features have been added. Per the […]

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Q: I heard New York has new ethics training requirements. What do I need to know to be compliant? A: That is correct. The New York State Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (COELIG) has expanded the ethics training […]

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Q: I need to register as a lobbyist in Quebec for my company. What steps do we need to complete in the new system? A: The Lobbyist Registry in Quebec has been replaced by Carrefour Lobby Quebec.  Previously, the senior […]

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Q: My organization wants to sponsor a reception in Texas. State legislators, staff, and family members are likely to be in attendance. As a registered lobbyist, what are my limits and reporting obligations? As a registered lobbyist, there are several […]

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Q: Can we pay our lobbyists a bonus or success fee? A: In most states, no. An overwhelming majority of states have banned payments to lobbyists as a result of, or based on some way upon, the lobbyist’s success in […]

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Q: Our organization is under the impression that we don’t have to register as lobbyists at the Federal level if we keep our lobbying activity isolated to our internal employees and don’t hire outside consultants.  I don’t think this is accurate.  […]

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Q: What are the different types of lobbyists in Arizona? Which expenditures are required to be reported on the quarterly or annual report? Do expenditures by my contract firm need to be disclosed? A: In Arizona, there are three main […]

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Question:  I am the Senior Officer in Quebec for my company.  I have been receiving emails concerning a new website.  What do I need to know? Answer:  Lobbying to design and administer a new platform to replace the current Registry […]

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