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Political Involvement in Utah


Requirements for Political Involvement in Utah

“Lobbying” means communicating with a public official for the purpose of influencing the passage, defeat, amendment, or postponement of legislative or executive action.


Utah Code § 36-11-102(11)


“Lobbyist” means:

  • an individual who is employed by a principal; or
  • an individual who contracts for economic consideration, other than reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses, with a principal to lobby a public official


“Lobbyist” does not include:

  • a government officer;
  • a member or employee of the legislative branch of state government;
  • a person, including a principal, while appearing at, or providing written comments to, a hearing conducted in accordance withTitle 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act or Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act;
  • a person participating on or appearing before an advisory or study task force, commission, board, or committee, constituted by the Legislature or any agency or department of state government, except legislative standing, appropriation, or interim committees;
  • a representative of a political party;
  • an individual representing a bona fide church solely for the purpose of protecting the right to practice the religious doctrines of the church, unless the individual or church makes an expenditure that confers a benefit on a public official;
  • a newspaper, television station or network, radio station or network, periodical of general circulation, or book publisher for the purpose of publishing news items, editorials, other comments, or paid advertisements that directly or indirectly urge legislative or executive action;
  • an individual who appears on the individual’s own behalf before a committee of the Legislature or an agency of the executive branch of state government solely for the purpose of testifying in support of or in opposition to legislative or executive action; or
  • an individual representing a business, entity or industry who:
    • interacts with a public official, in the public official’s capacity as a public official, while accompanied by a registered lobbyists who is lobbying in relation to the submit of interaction or while presenting at a legislative committee meeting at the same time that the registered lobbyist is attending another legislative committee meeting; and
    • does not make an expenditure for, or on behalf of, a public official in relation to the interaction or during the period of interaction.


Utah Code § 36-11-102(14)


“Principal” means a person that employs an individual to perform lobbying, either as an employee or as an independent contractor.


Utah Code § 36-11-102(18)


“Legislative action” means:

  • a bill, resolution, amendment, nomination, veto override, or other matter pending or proposed in either house of the Legislature or its committees or requested by a legislator; and
  • the action of the governor in approving or vetoing legislation


Utah Code § 36-11-102(12)


“Executive action” means:

  • a nomination or appointment by the governor;
  • the proposal, drafting, amendment, enactment, or defeat by a state agency of an administrative rule;
  • agency ratemaking proceedings; or
  • an adjudicative proceeding of a state agency


Utah Code § 36-11-102(7)


“Expenditure” means the following, when given to or for the benefit of a public official unless consideration of equal or greater value is received:

  • a purchase, payment, or distribution;
  • a loan, gift, or advance;
  • a deposit, subscription, or forbearance;
  • services or goods;
  • money;
  • real property;
  • a ticket or admission to a sporting, recreational, or artistic event; or
  • a contract, promise, or agreement, whether or not legally enforceable, to provide any of the above items


“Expenditure” does not mean:

  • commercially reasonable loan made in the ordinary course of business;
  • a reported campaign contribution;
  • printed informational material that is related to the performance of the recipient’s official duties;
  • a devise or inheritance;
  • any of the items listed in the definition of “expenditure” if:
    • given by a relative;
    • given by a compensation payor for a purpose solely unrelated to the public official’s position as a public official; or
    • the item has a value of less than $10 and the aggregate daily expenditures do not exceed $10;
  • food or beverage that is provided at an event to which the following are invited:
    • all members of the Legislature;
    • all members of a standing or interim committee;
    • all members of an official legislative task force;
    • all members of a party caucus; or
    • all members of one of the above groupswho are attending a meeting of a national organization whose primary purpose is addressing general legislative policy;
  • a plaque, commendation, or award presented in public and having a cash value not exceeding $50;
  • admission to or attendance at an event, the primary purpose of which is to solicit campaign or charitable contributions;
  • travel to, lodging at, food or beverage served at, and admission to an approved meeting or activity;
  • sponsorship of an official event or official entertainment of an approved meeting or activity;
  • admission to or attendance at an event:
    • that is sponsored by a governmental entity, or
    • that is widely attended and related to a governmental duty of a public official; or
  • travel to a widely attended event related to a governmental duty of a public official if that travel results in a financial savings to the state


Utah Code § 36-11-102(8)

Before engaging in any lobbying in Utah, a lobbyist must obtain a license from the Lieutenant Governor by following all instructions on the Signature Authorization Form. There is a $110 filing fee, and licenses expire on December 31st of each even-numbered year. Instructions for renewing licenses are also on the Signature Authorization Form.


Utah Code § 36-11-103: Licensing requirements


Lobbyists must file financial reports with the Lieutenant Governor on or before the 10th day after the end of each calendar quarter (April 10th, July 10th, October 10th, and January 10th), even if the lobbyist has not made an expenditure during the reporting period. Government officers and principals that make expenditures during any of the quarterly reporting periods must file a financial report on or before the date that a report for that quarter is due.


Utah Code § 36-11-201: Lobbyist, principal, and government officer financial reporting requirements; Prohibition for related person to make expenditures


License registrations and renewals and financial reports must be filed through the State of Utah Financial Disclosures website at http://lobbyist.utah.gov/Account/LogOn.


Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office: Lobbyists


Signature Authorization Form

Log On

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