Information regarding lobbying in the state of Arizona can be found on our website and in the Arizona Lobbying Handbook. This guide has helpful information for those new to lobbying as well as already registered lobbyists – including what needs to be filed, when, and by whom.
Am I a Lobbyist?
If you are attempting to do any of the following on behalf of an organization or agency, you are considered as a lobbyist:
- Attempting to influence the passage or defeat of any legislation by directly communicating with any legislator
- Attempting to influence any formal rulemaking proceeding by directly communicating with any state officer or employee
- Attempting to influence the procurement of materials, services, or construction by a state agency when the person is otherwise required to register as a lobbyist for compensation or is employed by, supervised by at any level, or contracted with a person who is otherwise required to register as a lobbyist for compensation
A.R.S. § 41-1231(11)(a)-(b).
There are exceptions of who needs to register as lobbyists. A.R.S. § 41-1232.04.
A lobbyist must first register a principal or public body before they register themselves as a lobbyist or be added to an existing principal or public body. A.R.S. § 41-1232.
Designated lobbyists, designated public lobbyists, and lobbyists for compensation must file Lobbyist Quarterly Expenditure Reports for every quarter in which they are registered. A.R.S § 41-1232.02(B).
Principals and public bodies must file annual reports of lobbying activity for every year in which they are registered. A.R.S. §41-1232.02(E).
A final annual report of lobbying activity must be submitted when a principal or public body requests to Terminate Registration. For more information see Chapter 3 of Arizona Lobbying Handbook.
Order of Registration
- Register principal or public body
- Register lobbyist
See Appendix A (page 32) of Arizona Lobbying Handbook for specific check lists.
How to Terminate a Lobbyist Registration
- A designated lobbyist/designated public lobbyist can be terminated by either replacing the DL/DPL or by terminating the registration of the principal or public body.
- A lobbyist for compensation, authorized lobbyist, or authorized public lobbyist can be terminated by submitting an Add or Remove Lobbyists or Employees form.
See the Arizona Lobbying Handbook for more information.