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Legislative and Lobbying Activity

Definition: Legislative activity is defined as communications and actions between elected officials at the state (Assembly, Senate) and federal (U.S. House, Senate) level and the campus community. Lobbying activity is defined as contacts and efforts in support of such contacts, specially made to formulate, modify, or adopt legislation, agency rules or regulations, executive orders, or negotiation, awarding, or administering a federal contract. Legislative and lobbying activity is promoted, coordinated, and reported through the Office of Legislative Affairs by delegation from the University President.
Authority: California State University San Marcos President, Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995
Scope: This policy applies to all Cal State San Marcos employees.
Responsible Division: Office of the President
Approval Date: 09/14/2016
Originally Implemented: 03/01/1999
Signature Page/PDF: View Signatures for Legislative and Lobbying Activity Policy


  1. Office of Legislative Affairs
    1. The Office of Legislative Affairs provides periodic updates to legislative delegations on campus programs and funding priorities. It serves as the central point of contact between the campus and legislative members and their staff for the purposes of information sharing, effective partnering and mutual benefit.
    2. It is the responsibility of the Office of Legislative Affairs to partner and collaborate with campus and CSU offices to advance the legislative goals of CSUSM and the CSU system; provide administration, operation, promotion and coordination for state and federal legislative activities; engage directly and foster relationships with state and federal legislators, legislative and committee staff; and respond to legislative inquiries. 

  2. Invitations to Elected Officials
    1. Invitations for state and federal elected officials to visit campus from colleges, departments, ASI, etc. require advance notification and are to be coordinated in conjunction with the Office of Legislative Affairs. Should a state or federal elected official (or their representative) rsvp for a campus-related event, notification must be made to the Office of Legislative Affairs. 
    2. Invitations to state executive office officials (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Controller, State Treasurer, State Attorney General, State Insurance Commissioner, State Superintendent of Public Education) and federal executive office holders (White House and staff, Cabinet Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries) must seek approval from the University President (and through the President, approval by the CSU Chancellor) before such an invitation is issued.

  3. Federal Lobbying Activity
    1. The Federal Lobbying and Disclosure Act requires the CSU to disclose its lobbying efforts directed at Congress and the federal executive branch on a quarterly basis. Any lobbying activity, as defined above, by CSUSM employees must be reported to the Office of Legislative Affairs.