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50 State Table: Badges for Lobbyists

Name Badges for Lobbyists

Updated 1/31/2014

50-State Table of Lobbyist Name Badge Practices

Heightened security at state capitols has increased requirements that people who do business there wear identification.  One group particularly targeted is lobbyists, thus formalizing a practice that has been going on informally for years.

Regulations regarding badges for lobbyists fall into several categories: requiring lobbyists to wear badges that identify themselves as lobbyists; encouraging, but not requiring lobbyists to wear an identification badge; having no provisions but offer guidelines, or  having no provisions. 

Fourteen states require lobbyists to wear badges.  They are: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and South Dakota. Badges usually are issued by the state ethics commission, secretary of state, election commission or another state agency.

In four states, badges are available, but not required: Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia. If a lobbyist chooses to wear a badge in Mississippi, it must contain a photo of the lobbyist and badges are provided by a private designated vendor. Illinois and Idaho encourage lobbyists to wear a badge, but it is not required. In Pennsylvania, wearing a badge allows lobbyists to bypass capitol security screening. In New Hampshire, lobbyists are required to wear a badge, but they must produce their own.  In North Dakota, the secretary of state issues an official badge, but lobbyists may make a "reasonable reproduction" of the badge.

At least five other states require badges to include the photo of the lobbyist: Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

The following table summarizes the data that the Center for Ethics in Government has gathered regarding lobbyist identification badges.

AL | AK | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY | DC | GU | PR | VI

 

State  Required?  Who Issues? Photo Required?  Statute / Info Reference

Alabama

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in AL House & Senate rules, AL Ethics Commission Website or AL Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Alaska

No requirement found

 

 

 

No requirements found in AK House & Senate rules, AK Ethics Commission Website or AK Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Arizona

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in AZ House & Senate rules or AZ Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Arkansas

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in AR House & Senate rules, AR Ethics Commission Website or AR Statutes concerning lobbyists.

California

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in CA House & Senate rules, CA Fair Political Pratices Commission or CA Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Colorado

No, but encouraged.

Secretary of State provides specifications but lobbyist must purchase their own badge.

No

Unknown. Info on proper badge protocol available at: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/lobby/lobby_ID_badge.htm .

 

Badge should be 1" x3", and blue with white lettering. List lobbyist's name and their employer's name below.

Connecticut

Yes

State

Unknown

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-101 - Lobbyists to wear badges. Regulations.

Each individual who is a lobbyist shall, while engaged in lobbying, wear a distinguishing badge which shall identify him as a lobbyist. The size, color, material and other requirements of such badge shall be prescribed by regulation of the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board.

Delaware

Yes

Division of Motor Vehicles

Unknown

From DE Public Integrity Commission's 2005 Annual Report - available at: http://depic.delaware.gov/sections/annual/05annual.doc

Lobbying Badges & Homeland Security

With the use of the lobbying data base, the Commission’s list of lobbyists is update on nearly a daily basis.  This continues to aid the Capitol Police in their homeland security measures. Badges are being issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles in conjunction with the Capitol Police, to lobbyist for access to Legislative Hall.  With the Commission’s web site continuously updated Capitol Police and the Motor Vehicles Division can verify that the lobbyists have registered when they go for their badge.  Further, the Commission’s staff notifies the Capitol Police when a lobbyist’s registration is canceled, so that the cancellations are current.

Florida

No requirement found

 

 

Legislative Lobbyist Registration Office verified that no name badge is required.

Georgia

Yes

State Ethics Commission

Yes, Color

O.C.G.A. § 21-5-71

(g) As soon as practicable after registering any such person, the commission shall issue to such person an identification card which shall have printed thereon the name of the lobbyist, a color photograph of the lobbyist, and the person or agency such lobbyist represents, provided that, when any such person represents more than one entity, such identification card shall have printed thereon the name of the registered person and the word "LOBBYIST." Each lobbyist while engaged in lobbying at the capitol or in a government facility shall display said identification in a readily visible manner.

O.C.G.A. § 21-5-72.1:

(a) No person who is required by the law of this state to register as a lobbyist shall meet at the state capitol, Coverdell Legislative Office Building, or other state government facility with any member of the General Assembly to discuss the promotion or opposition of the passage of any legislation by the General Assembly, or any committee of either chamber or a joint committee thereof, or the override of a veto unless such person either is wearing his or her valid official registered lobbyist badge or is a resident of the House or Senate district which such member represents.

Hawaii

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in HI House & Senate rules, HI Ethics Commission Website or HI Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Idaho

No, but encouraged

Must provide own.

No

The Sunshine Law does not require a name tag however, protocol dictates a green name tag with white lettering for lobbyists. Name tags can be obtained from rubber stamp companies and sporting good stores with an engraving service. (Info from ID Secretary of State website).

Illinois

No, but encouraged

Must provide own.

No

No IL law requires a name tag, however protocol dictates a yellow name tag with white lettering for lobbyists. The Capitol security department issues ID cards to lobbyists, but these are only to allow lobbyists to bypass magnetometer screening. The informal yellow name tag protocol developed after the security department issued the ID cards. (Info provided by IL Secretary of State, Index Department, Lobbyist Division).

Indiana

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in IN House & Senate rules, IN Ethics Commission Website or IN Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Iowa

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in IA House & Senate rules, IA Ethics Commission Website or IA Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Kansas

Yes

Secretary of State

No

K.S.A. § 46-270 - Name tags for registered lobbyists; dimensions and specifications; duties of secretary of state; tags to be worn in state capitol.

The secretary of state shall obtain suitable name tags in two colors, of a size not smaller than two inches by three inches, to be fastened on the outside of the wearer's garment with lettering adequate in size and clarity to be readable at a distance of three feet by individuals of normal vision, bearing the name of the lobbyist, the names of the persons compensating or appointing the lobbyist and the year. The secretary of state shall present to each individual registering under K.S.A. 46-264 and 46-265 one such tag, and such tag shall be worn by the lobbyist when lobbying in the state capitol building.

Kentucky

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in KY House & Senate rules, KY Ethics Commission Website or KY Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Louisiana

Available, but not required.

 

 

 

Maine

Yes

State 

No 

Sec. 1. 3 MRSA §327 Name Tag Requirement

A person who is required to register as a lobbyist or a lobbyist associate in accordance with this chapter shall wear a clearly visible name tag whenever the lobbyist or the lobbyist associate is engaged in the act of lobbying. The name tag must clearly display the lobbyist's name and must include either the name of the firm the lobbyist works for, the name of the lobbyist's employer, the organization the lobbyist represents or the term "lobbyist."

Maryland

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in MD House & Senate rules, MD Ethics Commission Website or MD Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Massachusetts

Yes

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Yes

ALM GL ch. 3, § 41:

Upon registration, the state secretary shall issue to each legislative agent and executive agent, a nontransferable identification card that shall include the person's name and photograph.

Michigan

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in MI House & Senate rules, MI Ethics Commission Website or MI Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Minnesota

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in MN House & Senate rules, MN Ethics Commission Website or MN Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Mississippi

Available, but not required.

Private Designated Vendor.

Yes

Rules promulgated by MS Secretary of State.

Missouri

Yes

Missouri Office of Administration.

Yes

Information on badges found at: http://oa.mo.gov/fmdc/security/process.html

Montana

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in MT House & Senate rules, MT Ethics Commission Website or MT Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Nebraska

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in NE Senate rules, NE Ethics Commission Website or NE Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Nevada

Yes

State

No

Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. 218H.300 - Issuance by Director; requirement to wear badge in Legislative Building

1. The director shall furnish an appropriate identification badge to each lobbyist who files a registration statement under this chapter. The identification badge for each classification of lobbyist set forth in NRS 218H.500 must be a different color.

2. The identification badge must be worn by the lobbyist whenever he appears in the legislative building.

New Hampshire

Yes

Lobbyists must produce their own badge.

No

RSA 15:2  - Name Tag.

  I. Any person who is required to register as a lobbyist under RSA 15:1 shall wear on his or her outer garment a clearly visible name tag when lobbying in the state house or the legislative office building, or before the governor, governor and council, or a state agency. Such name tag shall have white lettering on a hunter orange background and shall be at least 1 1/2 inches high and 2 1/2 inches long. This name tag shall consist of lobbyist's first and last name and the word "lobbyist" or the name of the organization represented in letters at least 1/4 inch high.

New Jersey

Yes

New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission

Yes

N.J.A.C.52:13C-28 Wearing of a name tag.

Every governmental affairs agent who, for the purpose of influencing legislation, is in the State House, the State House Annex, or any other State building or other location when and where an authorized meeting of a legislative committee is being held shall at all times wear a descriptive name tag of a type prescribed by the commission.

The NJELEC has badge and registration renewal information online, and government affairs agents are required to submit a photo for badge processing. Accessible at  http://www.elec.state.nj.us/forcandidates/gaa_forms.htm

New Mexico

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in NM House & Senate rules or NM Statutes concerning lobbyists.

New York

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in NY House & Senate rules, NY Ethics Commission Website or NY Statutes concerning lobbyists.

North Carolina

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in NY House & Senate rules, NY Ethics Commission Website or NY Statutes concerning lobbyists.

North Dakota

Yes

Secretary of State OR Lobbyist may make "reasonable reproduction" of official badge.

No

N.D. Cent. Code, § 54-05.1-03 - Registration as a lobbyist - Fee - Filing of information - Public inspection - Certificate of registration.

  1.  a. Before engaging in any of the activities listed in section 54-05.1-02, an individual shall register with the secretary of state and receive a certificate of registration and a distinctive lobbyist identification badge that must be prominently worn by the lobbyist when engaged in any of the activities listed in section 54-05.1-02 while on the capitol grounds. In lieu of wearing the official badge provided by the secretary of state, a lobbyist may wear a reasonable reproduction of the official badge that contains the name of the lobbyist and any of the following: the word lobbyist, the registration number of the lobbyist, or the organization name of the lobbyist in characters no smaller than one-quarter inch [6.35 millimeters].

Ohio

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in OH House & Senate rules, OH Ethics Commission Website or OH Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Oklahoma

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in OK House & Senate rules, OK Ethics Commission Website or OK Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Oregon

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in OR House & Senate rules, OR Ethics Commission Website or OR Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Pennsylvania

No, but having a badge allows lobbyists to bypass capitol security screening

Department of State

 

Yes

http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/id_badge/12752

Blue Photo Identification Badge, $10.00 processing cost

Rhode Island

Yes

Secretary of State

No

R.I. Gen. Laws § 22-10-8

§ 22-10-8. Identification badge

   (a) There shall be issued by the secretary of state to every person who shall qualify as a legislative lobbyist, as provided in this chapter, an identification badge evidencing qualification in the form as shall be prescribed by the secretary of state. Every lobbyist shall conspicuously display this identification badge on his or her clothing while in the state house at all times of the day during any legislative session, special legislative session, and at all times of the day during any committee meeting or joint committee meeting of the general assembly. The badge shall include, but not be limited to, the word "Lobbyist" in bold print as well as the name of the lobbyist, the year and the name of the employer.

(b) An annual fee equal to the actual cost of preparing badges, but not exceeding five dollars ($ 5.00), per entity represented, shall be paid by the lobbyist. The fee shall be paid to the secretary of state at the time of registration for deposit in the state's general treasury.

South Carolina

Yes

State Ethics Commission

Unknown

S.C. Code Ann. § 2-17-60 - Duties of State Ethics Commission.

   The State Ethics Commission has the following duties:

(2) to issue identification cards to each lobbyist before the lobbyist can engage in lobbying and prior to January tenth of each succeeding year;

South Dakota

Yes

Secretary of State

Unknown

S.D. Codified Laws § 2-12-8.1:

Every lobbyist shall wear a badge which shall be visible at all times when engaged in lobbying within the capitol complex. The badge shall be provided by the secretary of state upon payment of fees and shall bear the word "lobbyist" and the identity of the principal on behalf of whom the lobbyist has registered. The badges for each year shall be of colors designated by the secretary of state. The badge shall state the name of the lobbyist. A violation of this section by a lobbyist is a petty offense.

S.D. Codified Laws 2-12-7.1
Every executive and judicial agency representative shall wear a badge which shall be visible at all times when engaged in representing the department. The badge shall be provided by the secretary of state and be of a color different from the color of lobbyist badges. The badge shall bear the identity of the agency the person has registered to represent and shall state the name of the person.

Tennessee

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in TN House & Senate rules, TN Ethics Commission Website or TN Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Texas

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in TX House & Senate rules, TX Ethics Commission Website or TX Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Utah

No requirement found

 

 

 

No requirements found in UT House & Senate rules or UT Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Vermont

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in VT House & Senate rules or VT Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Virginia

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in VA House & Senate rules or VA Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Washington

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in WA House & Senate rules, WA Ethics Commission Website or WA Statutes concerning lobbyists.

West Virginia

Automatically given to all registered lobbyists, but no requirement to wear.

West Virginia Ethics Commission

Unknown

In response to a request from Legislative staff, the Commission will provide lobbyist ID badges to all registered lobbyists. Badges will be mailed to all lobbyists upon completion of their registration. The Legislature may mandate the use of these ID badges. Until then, use of the ID badges will be a voluntary accommodation of Legislative security concerns.

See: http://www.wvethicscommission.org/lobby.htm

Wisconsin

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in WI House & Senate rules, WI Ethics Commission Website or WI Statutes concerning lobbyists.

Wyoming

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in WY House & Senate rules or WY Statutes concerning lobbyists.

District of Columbia

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in DC Assembly rules, DC Ethics Website or DC Code concerning lobbyists.

Guam

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in GU Senate rules, GU Ethics Website or GU Code concerning lobbyists.

Puerto Rico

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in PR Senate rules, PR Ethics Website or PR Code concerning lobbyists.

U.S. Virgin Islands

No requirement found

 

 

No requirements found in VI Assembly rules, VI Ethics Website or VI Code concerning lobbyists.

 

 

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