June 24, 2014 •
Vermont Lobbying Law Changes Effective July 1
House Bill 735, signed by the governor on June 16, 2014, made changes to the lobbyist fee structure. Effective July 1, 2014, the initial registration fee for lobbyists and lobbyist employers will increase from $25 to $60. The employer fee for each additional lobbyist will increase from $5 to $15. The lobbyist fee for each additional employer will also increase from $5 to $15.
Senate Bill 86 was amended this year to include additional changes to the state’s lobbying law. Effective July 1, 2014, the Secretary of State’s Office will no longer mail disclosure forms to lobbyists and employers. Forms will be made available on the website no later than 30 days prior to the deadline.
Additionally, contracts with legislators or administrative officials are no longer treated as a type of expenditure and will be reported on their own line on the form.
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