Are You Required to Register as a Lobbyist?

According to State of Hawaii law, an individual must register as a lobbyist if the individual is paid or otherwise receives consideration or compensation for his or her lobbying services, whether by fee, retainer, or salary (or portion thereof), AND if he or she meets either of the following two criteria:

  1. Spends more than $750 lobbying during a six-month reporting period.
  2. Spends more than five hours in any month of any six-month reporting period lobbying.

If an individual lobbies but receives no compensation for the lobbying services rendered, the individual is not required to register as a lobbyist.

However, if the individual meets either one of the above two criteria and is a salaried (or otherwise compensated) employee of an organization or business and is lobbying as part of the individual's employment, he or she is required to register as a lobbyist with the State Ethics Commission.

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