Lobbying

**PLEASE NOTE**  All registrations and periodic disclosure filings for the 2015-2016 biennium must be filed thorugh the online filing system.  For more information, see below:

MEMO REGARDING NEW ONLINE SYSTEM

For detailed information regarding compliance with the lobbying law please see our (updated) Guide to Vermont’s Lobbying Registration and Disclosure Law.

2015-2016 Updated Lobbying Guide:

Lobbying Guide

The Vermont lobbying law defines lobbying as follows:

“(A) to communicate orally or in writing with any legislator or administrative official for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action;

(B) solicitation of others to influence legislative or administrative action;

(C) an attempt to obtain the goodwill of a legislator or administrative official by communications or activities with that legislator or administrative official intended ultimately to influence legislative or administrative action; or

(D) activities sponsored by an employer or lobbyist on behalf of or for the benefit of the members of an interest group, if a principal purpose of the activity is to enable such members to communicate orally with one or more legislators or administrative officials for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action or to obtain their goodwill.” 2 V.S.A. § 261(9).

Registration

Vermont’s registration period is two years, coinciding with the legislative biennium. Each biennium, all lobbyists are required to register with the Office of the Secretary of State within 48 hours of commencing lobbying activities.  

All registrations must be submitted using the online filing system.


Registrations for the previous (2013-2014) biennium are searchable in the database links for lobbyists and their employers.

Important Note Regarding Registration

Please note that when a lobbyist submits his or her registration and lists the employers that have engaged their services, those employers must also file their own separate registration and list any lobbyists that they have engaged.  A lobbyist listing an employer on their registration does not accomplish registration for that employer.

In the same way, when a lobbyist employer submits his or her registration and lists the lobbyists that employer has engaged, those lobbyists must also file their own separate registration and list any employers they are currently lobbying for.  A lobbyist employer listing a lobbyist on their registration does not accomplish registration for that lobbyist.

We encourage lobbyists and their employers to communicate during the registration process to ensure that the necessary registrations have been filed for both the employer and the lobbyist.  Failure to do so will subject the relevant entity to late registration fees.


Disclosure (**new reporting schedule under revised law**)

**Under Act 49, which made changes to the lobbying law and takes effect July 1, 2015, the mandatory disclosure reporting dates have changed.  Under the new law, disclosure reports for lobbyists, lobbyist employers, and lobbying firms are due seven (7) times per year:

  • January 15 (covers period of Sept 1 – December 31)
  • February 15 (covers period of Jan 1 – January 31)
  • March 15 (covers period of Feb 1 – last day of February)
  • April 15 (covers period of March 1 – March 31)
  • May 15 (covers period of April 1 – April 30)
  • June 15 (covers period of May 1 – May 31)
  • September 15 (covers period of June 1 – August 31)

All disclosures must be submitted using the online filing system.


Important Note Regarding Disclosure
Please note that when a lobbyist submits his or her disclosure and lists the employers that have engaged their services during the period, those employers must also file their own separate disclosure and list any lobbyists that they have engaged during the period.  A lobbyist listing an employer on their disclosure does not accomplish disclosure for that employer.

In the same way, when a lobbyist employer submits his or her disclosure and lists the lobbyists that employer has engaged during the period, those lobbyists must also file their own separate disclosure and list any employers they lobbied for during the period.  A lobbyist employer listing a lobbyist on their disclosure does not accomplish disclosure for that lobbyist.

We encourage lobbyists and their employers to communicate during the disclosure process to ensure that the necessary disclosures have been filed for both the employer and the lobbyist. Failure to do so will subject the relevant entity to late disclosure fees.


If you have further questions, please contact the Elections Division by email or call 802-828-2363.

Additional Resources

This page was last updated: 2015-07-01