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Bill Detail: HB19-1079

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Title End Taxpayer-funded Lobbying Act
Status House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/31/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • State Government
House Sponsors D. Williams (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/11/2019

The bill prohibits a state agency from expending any public funds
to undertake, on behalf of the agency, lobbying of the general assembly,
any of the staff agencies of the general assembly, or any member of the
general assembly. The bill also prohibits the agency from contracting with
any lobbying firm or any other private organization or entity that provides
lobbying services for the purpose of lobbying on its behalf the general

assembly, any of the staff agencies of the general assembly, or any
member of the general assembly.
The bill defines state agency to mean every executive
department, board, commission, committee, bureau, and office of state
government including the departments of state, law, and treasury; the
office of the governor; the office of the lieutenant governor; and the
judicial branch of state government.
The bill also permits a state agency to employ a legislative liaison
on its behalf but prohibits the legislative liaison from undertaking any
lobbying on behalf of the agency. In connection with the consideration of
any official matter before state government, the bill specifies that a
legislative liaison employed by an agency is not undertaking lobbying on
behalf of the agency as long as a liaison restricts his or her personal
activities to giving testimony or providing information in various settings,
the liaison clearly identifies himself or herself and the agency for which
the liaison is testifying or providing information, and the liaison does not
express his or her personal support of or opposition to any such matter or
the agency's position with respect to any such matter.
The bill permits an elected public official to express his or her
personal opinion in support of or in opposition to any matter before the
government of the state.
The bill makes conforming amendments to the existing statutory
provision authorizing executive departments to designate one person to
lobby on behalf of the department.

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