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Lobby Training

Lobbyist & Client Employer Trainings

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC) provides monthly live webinars, several on-demand tutorials, and a written instructional guide to assist lobbyists and client/employers in registering, setting up a profile/account and filing quarterly expenditure reports within the agency's Electronic Filing System (EFS). EFS is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Live Webinars

​OGEC offers a monthly live webinar on Lobby Law. This session is designed specifically for new lobbyist and new client/employers but that should not deter seasoned lobbyists or deter their client/employers from attending. The course will cover Lobby Regulation Law found in ORS 171.725 - 171.785 and 171.992. We'll discuss thresholds for registering as a lobbyist and how to file quarterly expenditure reports. This session is 90 minutes. Registration for this webinar is available on the Live Webinars page.

Customized Training

​Would you like OGEC to present on Lobby Law to your agency or organization? We offer customized trainings on Lobby Law and demonstrations on how to use the Electronic Filing System (EFS).

Lobby Regulation Law: Training topics include what is lobbying, who needs to register as a lobbyist, how to use the Electronic Filing System to register and file required reports.  ORS 171.725 - 171.785, 171.792

  1. Review of Lobby Regulation Law and EFS demonstration: 1.5 hours

  2. Review of Lobby Regulation Law: 45 minutes

  3. EFS Demonstration only: 45 minutes

Please complete the Customized Training Request Form and a trainer will follow-up with you.

Online Tutorials

​OGEC provides short online tutorial videos for lobbyists and client/employers on how to set-up an account and register, and how to file an expenditure report.

Required 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.

Please refer to the Legislative Equity Office for questions and additional information regarding this requirement.

Guide to Lobbying

OGEC provides a guide for lobbyists and the entities they represent which discusses how the provisions in ORS Chapter 171 apply to lobbying activities. This guide covers:

  • Oregon Lobby Law

  • Lobbyist registration requirements

  • How to register and terminate registration

  • Quarterly Expenditure Reports

In addition, the guide also discusses how certain provisions in ORS Chapter 244 apply to public officials and lobbyists.

Guide to Lobbying in Oregon


Other relevant laws, rules and other publications may be viewed on our website at: Lobby Laws and Rules

Means any person, business, company, public agency, organization or group that authorizes a lobbyist to register with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to represent the client/employer in gaining a legislative outcome or to obtain the goodwill of a legislative or executive official.

Means influencing or attempting to influence, legislative action through oral or written communication with legislative officials, solicitation of executive officials other persons to influence or attempt to influence legislative action or attempting to obtain the goodwill of legislative officials [ORS 171.725(8)]


a.) Any individual who agrees to provide personal services for money or any other consideration for the purpose of lobbying.

b.) Any individual who provides personal services as a representative of a public agency, corporation, association, organization or other group for the purpose of lobbying.

c.) Any public official who lobbies.

[ORS 171.725(9)]

Means introduction, sponsorship, testimony, debate, voting or any other official action on any measure, resolution, amendment, nomination, appointment or report or any matter that may be the subject of action by either house of the Legislative Assembly or any committee of the Legislative Assembly or the approval or veto thereof by the Governor. [ORS 171.725(6)]

Means any member or member-elect of the Legislative Assembly, any member of an agency, board or committee that is part of the legislative branch and any staff person, assistant or employee thereof. [ORS 171.725(7)]

Means any member or member-elect of an executive agency and any member of the staff or an employee of an executive agency.  A member of a state board or commission, other than a member who is employed in full-time public service, is not an executive official for purposes of ORS 171.725 to 171.785. [ORS 171.725(4)]


If you have questions about your registration and/or filing quarterly expenditure reports, please contact OGEC staff at 503-378-5105 or