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Lobbying

Lobbying in Oregon

The Legislative Assembly found that to preserve and maintain the integrity of the legislative process, persons who engage in efforts to influence legislative action should regularly report their efforts to the public.
Lobby laws are administered and enforced by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (Commission) under ORS 172.725 to ORS 171.785 and 171.792.  The Commission has also adopted rules relating to lobby law in Chapter 199, Division 10 of the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR).
The statutes require a person who meets the lobbyist registration requirements to register with the Commission and to file quarterly expenditure reports of lobbying activity.  The statues also contain restrictions applicable to persons required to register as lobbyists. 
The client or employer of the lobbyist must notify the Commission of their acceptance of each person lobbying on their behalf. The client or employer must also file quarterly expenditure reports of lobbying activity. 


Electronic Filing System (EFS)

The registration process and the filing of expenditure reports by both the lobbyists and the client/employers is managed through the Commission's Electronic Filing System (EFS). You may also access the EFS through the E-Filing Login tab at the top of the page. 

If you have questions or difficulty navigating the EFS, please contact the Commission offices at 503-378-5105 or by email to mail@ogec.oregon.gov.


Guide to Lobbying

To view/print the “Guide to Lobbying” handbook, please click on the following link:  

Guide to Lobbying in Oregon


Questions

If you have specific questions, please contact the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC) by telephone at 503-378-5105, or by email to mail@ogec.oregon.gov.


Respectful Workplace Training

In 2019, Oregon Legislation passed HB3377 which requires all lobbyists that were active lobbyists for any period during a year to complete a two-hour training presented by the Oregon Legislative Equity Office (LEO).

ORS 171.742 became effective on January 1, 2021 and requires all registered lobbyists to attend at least two hours of Respectful Workplace Training annually. Training is provided and governed by the Oregon State Legislature, Legislative Equity Office.


For questions and additional information regarding this requirement, please refer to the Legislative Equity Office.

In addition to ORS 171.742, information regarding the statutes (ORS 173.915) that require the training can be obtained from the following links:  
https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/173.915
https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors173.html


Reporting Required Training

Lobbyists are required to report their commitment to taking this training and enter the completion date of the training in EFS annually.

Instructions for Reporting Training in the Electronic Filing System (EFS)


Additional Resources

Lobbying Flowchart
AG Lobby Opinion 8259

Oregon Legislative Equity Office