(redirected from division lobby)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.


The business, act, or practice of attempting to influence legislation or policy. For example, a lobbyist may call a legislator and urge him/her to vote for a bill that, if passed, would favor the industry or interests of lobbyist's client. Lobbying can be a lucrative business. However, a variety of rules exist in many jurisdictions to guard against the possibility that it can degenerate into bribery.


To work for or against the passage of legislation.Currently,the two strongest lobbies in the real estate industry are the National Association of REALTORS® and the American Bankers Association.They are squared off on opposite sites of legislation that would give financial institutions the right to offer real estate brokerage services.

References in periodicals archive ?
Division Lobby are an all-star line-up of earlymusic players who have performed at London's South Bank Centre and the Bruges Concertgebouw.
Under the recently introduced cabinet system, many of them have been reduced to the local government equivalent of division lobby fodder in the House of Commons.
Former Cabinet colleague Chris Smith, whose anti-war amendment won the votes of 199 MPs including 121 Labour rebels last week, said: "I suspect there will be a lot more than 199 members of Parliament very unhappy about that happening and prepared to voice their concern in the division lobby.
Traditions die hard, and although alcohol is now forbidden, some members still insist on polluting the air with tobacco smoke during votes in the division lobby.
But to act as if they are in the division lobby following a three- line whip in a united attempt to oust Wilson is a blatant abuse of their Westminster powers.
A few years back, when they could still pretend to be a big club, Everton might have had the vision to see the merits of a smaller League and walked through the same division lobby as Arsenal and United.
In the run-up to the momentous decision, we urge each and every one of the nation's elected representatives to think long and hard about which division lobby they will walk into on Thursday evening.
Yet within a few months the same Nick Clegg was leading LibDem MPs (with a few honourable exceptions) through the division lobby to vote for a three fold increase in tuition fees: an equally clear and unequivocal betrayal of their covenant with the electorate.

Full browser ?