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Bill Detail: HB19-1248

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Title Lobbyist Transparency Act
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (03/15/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
  • State Government
House Sponsors M. Weissman (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/15/2019
Description

Sections 2 and 3 of the bill clarify that the term client used in
connection with statutory provisions regulating lobbyists means the
person who employs or retains the professional services of one or more
lobbyists to undertake lobbying on behalf of that person. They also clarify
that a professional lobbyist is not, for purposes of the statute, a client of

either a lobbying firm or any other person that employs or retains one or
more professional lobbyists to undertake lobbying on behalf of one or
more clients.
Section 3 clarifies that existing provisions that require heightened
disclosure when a lobbyist enters into an agreement to engage in lobbying
apply when the general assembly is in regular or special session.
In addition to any other disclosure, during the period that the
general assembly is in regular or special session, section 3 also requires
a professional lobbyist to notify the secretary of state by means of the
electronic filing system within 48 hours after:
  • The lobbyist agrees to undertake lobbying in connection
with new legislation, standards, rules, or rates for either a
new or existing client of the lobbyist; or
  • The lobbyist takes a new position on a new or existing bill
for a new or existing client of the lobbyist.
During this period, where the lobbyist either agrees to undertake
the expanded representation, the disclosure required by the bill includes
the bill number of the legislation at issue and whether the lobbyist's client
is supporting, opposing, amending, or monitoring the legislation at the
time the lobbyist agrees to undertake lobbying in connection with the
legislation or takes a new position.
The bill also states that an attorney who is a professional lobbyist
may not decline to disclose his or her lobbying as such lobbying is
required to be disclosed on the grounds that the lobbying is protected
against disclosure as confidential matters between an attorney and a
client.
In connection with any requirement under existing law to disclose
the identity of a client, a professional lobbyist who is a natural person and
who is employed or retained by a lobbying firm or any other firm or entity
may disclose the name of the lobbying firm or other person or entity by
means of which, or under the name of which, a professional lobbyist does
business, but to satisfy such disclosure requirement the lobbyist is also
required to disclose the name of the client who employs or retains the
professional services of the lobbyist, or a lobbying firm or any other
person or entity that employs or retains the lobbyist, to undertake
lobbying on its behalf.

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