Local Lobbying and the Lobbying Act: An Examination of Lobbying Laws on Land Use

On December 2, 2021, the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics and the Center for City Law at New York Law School presented a virtual CLE panel, ""Local Lobbying and the Lobbying Act: An Examination of Lobbying Laws on Land Use", to examine the application of the New York State Lobbying Act and local lobbying laws to land use with a particular focus on: what constitutes lobbying, what triggers reportable lobbying, and what factors should be considered when analyzing lobbying laws in the land use context.




Lobbying Overview Training and Demonstration

On February 5, 2020, the Commission hosted a training session entitled “JCOPE Training Opportunity: Clarifications about the Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations” for Lobbyists, Clients and other interested parties regarding the Commission's comprehensive lobbying regulations and online lobbying application. The training was divided into two parts: Part 1 relates to the Regulations and Part 2 relates to the Lobbying Application.

Below is a Table of Contents to assist you in navigating the video.

Part 1 – Regulations – from 0:00 to 50:48

Part 2 – Online Lobbying Application – from 50:49 to 1:34:15

  • Introduction (50:49)
  • Profile Overview (51:29)
  • Registration (1:03:26)
    • Detailed overview of the Lobbying Agreement section
  • Bi-Monthly Report (1:13:29)
  • Client Semi-Annual Report (1:15:03)
    • Detailed overview of how to report Itemized Expenses and Lobbying Activities
  • Source of Funding (1:29:57)
  • Explanation of the difference between the Individual Lobbyist Effective Date and the Effective Date of Change on any Amended filing (1:31:37)


February 5, 2020 Lobbying Overview Training PowerPoint

Lobbying Overview Training

On September 20, 2018, the Commission hosted a Lobbying Overview Training session for Lobbyists, Clients of Lobbyists, Public Corporations, and other interested parties regarding the Commission's comprehensive lobbying regulations, which go into effect January 1, 2019.

At this training, members of the lobbying community were given the opportunity to explore and learn more about key elements of the new regulations. For more information, go to the "Lobbying Overview Training' page at https://jcope.ny.gov/lobbying-overview-training, where you will find the PowerPoint presentation. 


2018 and Prior Years Guide to Lobbying Reporting


    JCOPE Guide to Lobbying Reporting - 2018 and Prior Years ONLY

    A comprehensive guide to the reporting obligations outlined in Legislative Law Article 1-A also known as the Lobbying Act. Detailed information is provided for Filers and subject matter areas that may require additional disclosures under the Lobbying Act.  Refer to this Guide for 2018 Filings and prior years.



Information on Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations

Other Informational Resources


    FAQs: 2016 Source of Funding Amendments

    Lobbyists (who lobby on their own behalf) and Clients, who devote substantial resources to Lobbying activity in NYS, are required to make publicly available each Source of Funding over a certain limit for such lobbying.




    FAQs: Land use and Lobbying for Engineers and Architects

    Engineers and architects are routinely involved in land use, building construction, and planning activities which may include interactions with public officials. Depending on the nature of the interaction with a public official, there can also be registration and reporting obligations under the Lobbying Act. The information contained in this document should be used as a starting point for any analysis under the Lobbying Act, and does not carry the force of law. 



Contact The Education Team

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

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