Lobbying in Washington is different from lobbying in Wyoming.
At least that’s what politicians in the Cowboy State say.
Wyoming lawmakers have no personal staff while performing a full-time job for part-time pay during a sliver of the year. They need credible sources of information, and lobbyists of all shades are happy to provide it to them, said Dan Neal, a lobbyist who is the executive director of the Equality State Policy Center.
The Legislative Service Office crunches state data for lawmakers. But when it comes to industry trends and real-world anecdotes from outside government, lobbyists are the arbiters of information between constituents and legislators.
A lobbyist is anyone aiming to influence legislation. In committee hearings, a lobbyist can range from a housewife upset at a proposed law or a communications expert representing a company, agency or think tank.
“It’s incumbent on legislators to remember who lobbyists represent,” Neal said.
Whether it’s an oil and gas representative or an advocate for abused women, there’s a golden rule for lobbyists: Influence the law by building relationships, Neal said.
Here are six lobbyists who influence policy in Wyoming.