IPCPR Legislative | Political Involvement in Vermont

Political Involvement in Vermont


Requirements for Political Involvement in Vermont

“Lobby” or “lobbying” means:

  • To communicate orally or in writing with any legislator or administrative official for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action
  • Solicitation of others to influence legislative or administrative action
  • An attempt to obtain the goodwill of a legislator or administrative official by communications or activities with that legislator or administrative official intended ultimately to influence legislative or administrative action, or­
  • Activities sponsored by an employer or lobbyist on behalf of or for the benefit of the members of an interest group, if a principal purpose of the activity is to enable such members to communicate orally with one or more legislators or administrative officials for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action or to obtain their goodwill


Vt. Stat. tit. 2, § 261(9)


“Lobbyist” means a person who receives or is entitled to receive, either by employment or contract, $500 or more in monetary or in-kind compensation in any calendar year for engaging in lobbying, either personally or through his or her agents, or a person who expends more than $500 on lobbying in any calendar year.


Vt. Stat. tit. 2, § 261(10)


“Employer” means any person, other than a lobbying firm, who engages the services of a lobbyist for compensation for the purpose of lobbying. A lobbyist who employs another lobbyist will be required to register and report both as an employer and a lobbyist.


Vt. Stat. tit. 2, § 261(4)


“Legislative action” means any action by a legislator with regard to introduction of a bill, resolution or amendment or with regard to any bill, resolution, amendment, report, appointment, recommendation, nomination, election, proposed or final proposed rule or other matter proposed for consideration by or pending in the general assembly or in any committee of the general assembly.


Vt. Stat. tit. 2, § 261(8)


“Administrative action” means any action taken by an administrative official or by any agency, department, division, office, board or commission of state government with regard to any proposal, drafting, development or consideration of a policy, practice or rule. “Administrative action” does not include decisions of quasi-judicial boards in contested cases.


Vt. Stat. tit. 2, § 261(1)


“Expenditure” means a payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit or gift of money or anything else of value and includes a contract, promise or agreement, whether or not legally enforceable, to make an expenditure. “Expenditure” includes sums expended in connection with lobbying, including research, consulting and other lobbying preparation and travel, meals, and lodging.


Vt. Stat. tit. 2, § 261(5)

Every lobbyist and employer must register with the Secretary of State within 48 hours of commencing lobbying activities or engaging a lobbyist. Every lobbyist and employer must pay an initial registration fee of $60, plus $15 for each additional employer represented or lobbyist engaged. Registrations are valid from the date of filing to December 31st of the second year of a biennium, except that a registration may be made in December of an even-numbered year for the ensuing biennium.


Vt. Stat. tit. 2, § 263: Registration of lobbyists and employers; fees


Every registered lobbyist and employer must file disclosure reports with the Secretary of State 3 times per year:


  • On or before January 15, for the preceding period beginning on September 1 and ending December 31)
  • On or before February 15, for the preceding period beginning on January 1 and ending January 31;
  • On or before march 15, for the preceding period beginning on February 1 and ending with the last day of February;
  • On or before April 15, for the preceding period beginning on March 1 and ending with March 31;
  • On or before May 15, for the preceding period beginning on May 1 and ending with May 31; and
  • On or before September 15, for the preceding period beginning on June 1 and ending with August 31;


Vt. Stat. tit. 2, § 264: Reports of expenditures, compensation, and gifts; employers; lobbyists


Note: Vt. Stat. tit. 2, § 264 was revised by SB 39 effective 7/1/2015. Staff reported that the link to the statute will be updated in Fall 2015


All registration and periodic disclosure filings must be filed through the Vermont Lobbying Information System at https://lobbying.sec.state.vt.us/


Vermont Secretary of State: Lobbying


2014 Lobbying Guide


Vermont Lobbying Information System

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