Although low on the list of priorities, some state and local governments are adjusting their lobbying compliance procedures as a result of the COVD-19 pandemic.
MultiState Associates will keep abreast of further changes to lobbying deadlines as they occur.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents massive challenges for state and local governments. As cases continue to increase, governments are taking action to combat the spread of the new virus, from mounting massive public health responses to ensuring that small business and residents’ financial needs are met amid virus-related shutdowns of public life.
Under current circumstances, lobbying compliance is not the top priority for state and local governments. While many jurisdictions already utilize online filing of lobbying registration and reports, and social distancing decreases lobbying activity in the short-term, state and local governments have begun adjusting their compliance deadlines and procedures. We detail a sample of such adjustments below.
This situation is fast-moving, and other jurisdictions are likely to follow the above agencies in adjusting lobbying report deadlines and procedures due to “stay-at-home” orders issued throughout the country. We will keep you posted as further developments occur.