Lobbying Guidance

The New York State Lobbying regulations apply to attempts on behalf of the university to influence the below listed matters both directly (by contacts with public officials and their staff) and indirectly (through contacts with the press, social media or contacts with groups or individuals encouraging them to take a lobbying action). 

Gifts

As an employee of RIT, you are prohibited from giving “gifts” to government officials. A gift is defined as anything of more than nominal value* given to a public official, a public employee, and/or anyone on the state or local payroll in any form including, but not limited to money, service, loan, travel, lodging, meals, refreshments*, entertainment, and discounts. 

*An official could accept refreshments if they were available to everyone at an event, for example, cookies or punch at a ribbon cutting ceremony. They could also accept an RIT-branded giveaway circulated at event, or trinket given at an event as a speaker thank you. 

Lobbying

RIT is currently registered to lobby in New York State. In New York, lobbying is defined as any attempt to influence:

  • The introduction of state legislation or resolutions
  • The passage or defeat of state legislation or resolutions
  • The adoption, issuance, rescission, modification, or terms of an executive order issued by the governor, or the chief executive officer of a municipality
  • The adoption or rejection of any state or local rules and regulations
  • The outcome of a ratemaking proceeding of the state or any municipality or subdivision thereof
  • Any determination by a public official/public employee or a person or entity working with a government official related to a governmental procurement
  • The approval, disapproval, implementation of tribal- state compacts or other tribal agreements