COVID-19 Policy Tracker
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Key Takeaways:

  • With the coronavirus pandemic dramatically impacting how and where government affairs professionals do business, it’s more important than ever to keep track of upcoming lobbyist compliance filing deadlines. 
  • Twenty-five states have disclosure deadlines in May and two states have annual lobbying registration renewals this month, meaning you’re required to renew if you plan to continue lobbying. 
  • Six states have granted lobbying disclosure extensions and three states have implemented grace periods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the coronavirus pandemic dramatically impacting how and where government affairs professionals do business, it’s more important than ever to keep track of upcoming lobbyist compliance filing deadlines. Over the next month, 25 states have periodic disclosure requirements — in other words, if you’re already registered in one of these states and are required to file disclosure reports, you must do so in May. While many states have suspended their legislative sessions due to COVID-19, these rules still apply if you’re contacting state officials, even remotely. Additionally, two states (Virginia and Wyoming) have annual lobbying registration renewals in May, meaning you’re required to renew if you plan to continue lobbying. 

On the other hand, some states have granted disclosure extensions or grace periods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, and Pennsylvania have extended their disclosure deadlines, while Connecticut, North Carolina, and Vermont have implemented grace periods if you are unable to comply.

Learn more about MultiState’s Lobbying Compliance solution here. Let us know if you would like to explore this service in greater detail with one of our experts or schedule a demo.