2022 State Elections Toolkit
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Key Takeaways:

  • Recent Louisiana legislation will require lobbyists to attest to completing the training on their lobbyist registration renewal (the state requires lobbyists to complete one hour of training annually).
  • Lobbyists failing to complete their training requirement face civil penalties from the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

Changes are coming to Louisiana’s lobbyist training requirement. Under the recently enacted SB 267, registered lobbyists must disclose whether they’ve completed the required lobbyist training on their registration renewals.

Louisiana’s Revised Statutes currently require lobbyists to undergo a minimum of one hour of education and training on the Louisiana Code of Government Ethics. Training is required to be completed by December 31st of each year that the lobbyist is registered.

The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee of the Louisiana State Legislature did not have any substantive discussion of the bill at its meeting on March 23, 2022 so we do not have records documenting the legislative intent of the change; however, it is likely that this is an effort by the legislature to give the Louisiana Board of Ethics a proactive tool to track lobbyist compliance with the training requirement. Under the Louisiana Revised Statutes, lobbyists failing to complete their training after the Louisiana Board of Ethics issues a notice of noncompliance commit a civil violation and may be fined by the Board up to $10,000.

Are you lobbying or looking to lobby in Louisiana, or any state with a lobbyist training requirement? We can help. Don’t miss critical training deadlines with MultiState lobbying compliance services — reach out to our team with questions