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Starting To Lobby


Checklist for Starting Your Lobbying

  1. Determine whether you are lobbying. Lobbying is making direct communications with members of the legislative or executive branch of Texas state government to influence legislation or administrative action.
  2. Determine whether you are required to register as a lobbyist. You are required to register if you:
    1. Receive or are entitled to receive more than the compensation/reimbursement threshold in a calendar quarter as compensation or reimbursement to lobby;
      Year Quarterly Compensation Reimbursement Threshold
      2021 and beyond $1,620
      2020 $1,560
      2019 and prior years $1,000
      or
    2. Expend more than the expenditure threshold in a calendar quarter to benefit a state officer or employee (or his or her immediate family) when the expenditures are made to communicate to influence legislation or administrative action.
      Year Quarterly Expenditure Threshold
      2021 and beyond $810
      2020 $780
      2019 and prior years $500

    Please note that there is an exception for incidental lobbying. (See Lobbying in Texas: A Guide to the Texas Law.)

  3. File a Lobby ID Request/Name Change Form with TEC in order to obtain a File ID number necessary for filing a registration.
  4. File a lobby registration electronically, unless you qualify to file on paper, with the TEC no later than five days after the date you make the communication that requires you to register.
  5. File lobby activities reports monthly to report your expenditures. (You may file annually if you intend to make less than the annual lobby expenditure threshold in lobby expenditures during the calendar year.)
    Year Annual Expenditure Threshold
    2021 and beyond $1,860
    2020 $1,790
    2019 and prior years $1,000
  6. Renew your lobby registration each year that you are lobbying.
  7. Continue filing lobby activities reports as long as your lobby registration is on file with the TEC.

Ending Your Lobbying


Checklist for Ending Your Lobbying

  1. Determine whether you have stopped lobbying before your lobby registration automatically expires on December 31.
  2. File a lobby termination notice with the TEC along with your final lobby activities report if you have stopped lobbying before your lobby registration for that year expires.