American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

State Laws on Lobbying

State and local laws vary from state to state, so always check with your state as to what constitutes lobbying and any reporting requirements for this activity. Different states regulate lobbying through different offices; Appendix Two provides a list of state government departments that deal with lobbying laws. Because some state lobbying laws are more relaxed than others, it is critical to know what activities are permitted. For example, you may not be allowed to give a cup of coffee to a state senator in one state, while other states have unlimited "gift-giving." In another state, you may not be allowed to discuss pending legislation with an elected official without registering as a lobbyist—at the same time, though, you may talk about general "issues" or answer direct questions put to you by the official.

The bottom line is check on the law before you do anything.