“Lobbying” means acting directly or soliciting others to act for the purpose of promoting, opposing, amending, or influencing any action or inaction by any member of the executive or legislative branch of state government or any public corporation.
“Lobbyist” is any of the following:
“Contract lobbyist” means any person who engages in lobbying as the appointed or engaged representative of another person; or
“In-house lobbyist” means any employee, officer, director, or agent of a corporation, partnership, or other business entity or organization whose job responsibilities include lobbying; or
“Governmental lobbyist” means any employee of any federal, state, or local government office or agency or any public corporation who engages in lobbying.
“Lobbyist” does not include:
Licensed attorneys who: (i) Represent a client in a contested administrative proceeding, a licensing or permitting proceeding, or a disciplinary proceeding; and (ii) Engage in any communications with an executive branch official or office if those communications are incidental to the attorney’s representation of their client
A qualified expert witness testifying in an administrative proceeding
An employee of any branch of federal, state, or local government or of any public corporation to the extent that he or she seeks only to influence or affect decisions or actions of other governmental entities and public corporations solely on its own behalf
Any member of the general assembly, any general officer of the state, any head of any executive department of state government, and any judge of this state acting in his or her official capacity
Persons participating in a governmental advisory committee or task force
Persons appearing on behalf of a business entity by which they are employed or organization with which they are associated, if that person’s regular duties do not include lobbying or government relations
Persons appearing solely on their own behalf
Employees or agents of the news media who write, publish, or broadcast news items or editorials which directly or indirectly promote or oppose any action or inaction by any member or office of the executive or legislative branch of state government
Individuals participating in or attending a rally, protest, or other public assemblage organized for the expression of political or social views, positions, or beliefs
Individuals, other than employees or agents of the news media, involved in the issuance and dissemination of any publication, including data, research, or analysis on public policy issues that is available to the general public, including news media reports, editorials, commentary, or advertisements
Individuals responding to a request for information made by a state agency, department, legislative body, or public corporation
Legislative and Executive Branch lobbyists, lobbying firms, and their clients are required to register with the Rhode Island Secretary of State after commencement of each legislative session and within 7 days employing or being employed as a lobbyist. The registration fee is $5. Lobbyists, lobbying firms, and their clients must re-register each year.
Every person that engages any person to act as a lobbyist concerning legislative matters, and the lobbyist, must individually file with the Secretary of State: Monthly Reports on March 15th and by the 15th of each month thereafter each year; Final Reports within 30 days after the final adjournment of each legislative session; and Annual Reports on or before January 15th of each year.
Every person, corporation, or association that engages any person to act as a lobbyist concerning executive or public corporation matters, and the lobbyist, must individually file Executive Lobbying Reports with the Secretary of State on July 30th and January 30th of each year.