What is Ethics for Lobbyists

Legislative Law Article 1-A (the “Lobbying Act”), requires principal and additional lobbyists registered with the Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the "Commission") to complete a mandatory online ethics training.  Ethics for Lobbyists takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and can be accessed from any personal computer with an internet connection. 

Subject matter includes information provided in the Lobbying Act, the Public Officers Law, Commission regulations and advisory opinions, and the Election Law. The training also includes best practices for meeting the various statutory requirements.

Who must complete Ethics for Lobbyists?

Pursuant to Lobbying Act § 1-d(h), all Lobbyists are required to complete an online ethics training, Ethics for Lobbyists, once every three years in accordance with the following:  

  • Complete the training within 60 days of the initial registration;
  • Complete the training within three years of the date the Lobbyist first or subsequently completed the training, if such Lobbyist is still registered to lobby at such time; and/or,
  • If there is a lapse in a Lobbyist's registration, complete the training again within 60 days of re-registration to lobby or three years from the date such Lobbyist last completed the training, whichever is later. 

Ethics for Lobbyist Course

  • You are asked to carefully read through the information provided on each slide. 
  • When you have completed your review, you must affirm that you have completed this course by submitting a completed "Affirmation of Completion" form to the Education unit at [email protected].
  • You will receive an email receipt once your form has been processed. This email receipt is your documentation that you have met this legal training requirement.
  • Mark your calendar to return in three years to complete the course again. Currently, training reminder notices are not sent to lobbyists who are coming due for training.

Ethics for Lobbyists Course Materials

Contact The Education Team

Contact the Education team for information regarding the mandatory ethics training requirements for State employees, and individuals registered as lobbyists.  

Contact us by phone:

Main Line  518-408-3976

Contact us by email:

Mailing Address:

New York State 

Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government

540 Broadway

Albany, New York 12207