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 Lobbying


1999-09 ​State Board Employees

State Board employees need not register as lobbyists to communicate with legislators concerning the Board’s mission due to the exception for executive branch employees.

2002-05 Registered Lobbyist

A Registered Lobbyist may not serve on the Citizens Legislative Compensation Commission, pursuant to the Commission's Legislative Voting Rule, Title 158, Series 9, which has since been repealed. ​


2002-12​ Lobbyist

A Lobbyist must register a grass roots campaign for a coalition which published  a series of newspaper ads containing the statement, "West Virginia's Elected Leaders, IT'S TIME TO LEAD" and other information about legislation.​


2005-08 Registered Lobbyist
2005 amendments to Act require multiple employees of lobbying firm to pay additional $100 filing fee for each client they represent

2005-21 Private Company
Employees whose regular duties involve sales may participate in a “Day at the Capitol” without registering as lobbyists

2007-12 Non-Profit Corporation

  • Inviting all Legislators to a charitable fund raising event during regular Legislative session triggers lobbyist registration requirement
  • Host organization may provide free tickets to Legislators for reception where food and beverages are served even if ticket price exceeds $25
  • Businesses who contribute to event not required to report contributions
2008-06 City Manager
  • May not accept free golf from vendor, consultant or other interested person in conjunction with annual association conference of public employees
  • Gift limitation applies even if funds from event go to charitable cause
  • Authorizes "buy down" which reduces gift to $25 limit
2010-07 Registered Lobbyist
Must register as lobbyist for entity even if she lobbies for free since she is already a registered lobbyist for another entity, therefore she must identify both her paying and non-paying clients.


2011-04 Per Diem Legislative Attorney   

  • Per Diem Legislative Attorney, who is not, on July 1, 2011, a Legislative employee as defined by the IRS, is not subject to revolving door prohibition.
  • Independent contractors are not covered by the Ethics Act.

2011-19 - A State Licensing Board

  • May spend public funds to hire registered lobbyist, to serve as a Legislative liaison.
  • Registered lobbyist retained by public agency as Legislative liaison must register as a lobbyist
  • Revolving door prohibition does not apply to contract employee/former executive director who terminated employment before July 1, 2011 cut-off date.
2012-17 Presiding Officer of a house of West Virginia Legislature
  • May not be retained to provide legal services to an Association which is actively engaged in lobbying Legislature on behalf of its members who are public employees.
  • Proposed employment contract presents an inescapable conflict, given the unique position held and power wielded by the presiding officer.
  • Access to confidential information may have chilling effect on other legislators, if proposed employment contract permitted.
  • Public may perceive that Association has hired him because of his unique ability to influence legislation. 
  • Other Associations that do not employee a high ranking member of the Legislature may believe that they are at a disadvantage in the legislative process. 
  • Opinion limited to Presiding Officers of houses of West Virginia Legislature.

2012-18 Registered Lobbyist

  • Not required to register as lobbyist on behalf of client who retained her to provide advice on State procurement process and to serve as a liaison to a State Agency during client’s efforts to successfully bid on State contract.
  • Statutory definition of “lobbying” excludes procurement lobbying.
  • Required to register only if she communicates with State Officials or Members of the Legislature in regard to the passage or defeat of Legislation or Rules on client’s behalf 
2012-25  State Employee 
  • May represent clients before his former agency upon his departure from government without waiting one year.
  • One-year limitation does not apply because position not created by law, oath of office not taken and employee is not a full-time staff attorney or accountant.
  • May register as lobbyist upon his departure from government without waiting one year since he is not under direct supervision of member of Executive Department.
2013-11 State Legislator
  • State Legislator may not sponsor legislation relating to issue upon which he advised a client of his private law practice prior to his election to Legislature when bill uniquely affects his client, rather than class of five or more.
  • Presiding Officer determines whether to excuse Legislator from voting.
2013-39 Former State Employee
  • The Ethics Act contains a one-year “cooling off” period which prohibits certain high-ranking government officials and employees from registering as Lobbyists for one year following their departure from government. The Ethics Commission has no statutory authority to grant exemptions.
  • This former employee, as general counsel to an agency under the Executive Department, did not report directly to the Governor and was not directly supervised by his staff.  Employee reported directly to a Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Secretary for Legal Services.
  • The Ethics Act’s revolving door prohibition is inapplicable to this former state employee, but he may not use or reveal any confidential information from his past position.
2015-02 Legislative Attorney
Legislative attorney may register as a lobbyist after the termination of his employment with the Legislature without being subject to the one-year waiting period subsequent to the termination of public employment or service. 

2016-02 Former Legislative Research Analyst
A former Legislative Research Analyst may register as a lobbyist after the termination of his employment without being subject to the one-year post-employment waiting period.

2021-03 Lobbyist
The $25 gift limit does not apply to charitable contributions made by an organization to a nonprofit to recognize a legislator. The organization's lobbyist must report the expenditure.​

2022-12​ Former Deputy Secretary of a State Department
A former Deputy Secretary of a state department is not prohibited from seeking employment in the private and public sectors under W. Va. Code § 6B-2-5(h), from registering as a lobbyist without waiting one year under § 6B-3-2(e), or from appearing before his former agency in a representative capacity under § 6B-2-5(g).  The former deputy secretary is subject to the limitations in § 6B-2-5(f), regarding matters in which he was substantially involved.