THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY CUTLER, AUMENT, BOYD, GEIST, GINGRICH, GRELL, HICKERNELL, KAUFFMAN, LAWRENCE, METCALFE, MOUL, SCAVELLO, SCHRODER, SWANGER AND VULAKOVICH, JANUARY 19, 2011
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, JANUARY 19, 2011
Amending Title 65 (Public Officers) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in lobbying disclosure, further
providing for prohibited activities and for penalties.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Sections 13A07(f)(2) and 13A09(c)(1) and (e) of
Title 65 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes are amended
§ 13A07. Prohibited activities.
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(f) Unlawful acts.--
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(2) The commission may receive complaints regarding
violations of this subsection. If the commission determines a
violation of this subsection has occurred, the commission,
after investigation, notice and hearing:
(i) shall impose an administrative penalty in an
amount not to exceed [$2,000] $10,000; and
(ii) may prohibit a lobbyist from lobbying for
economic consideration for up to [five] ten years.
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§ 13A09. Penalties.
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(c) Negligent failure to register or report.--
(1) Negligent failure to register or report as required
by this chapter is punishable by an administrative penalty
not exceeding [$50] $250 for each late day.
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(e) Intentional violations.--
(1) A person that intentionally fails to register or
report as required by this chapter commits a misdemeanor of
the [second] first degree.
(2) A registrant who files a report under this chapter
with knowledge that the report contains a false statement or
is incomplete commits a misdemeanor of the [second] first
(3) Except as set forth in paragraph (1) or (2), a
person that intentionally violates this chapter commits a
misdemeanor of the [third] second degree. In addition to any
other penalties imposed under this chapter, the court may
impose a fine not to exceed [$25,000] $100,000 against a
principal who is found guilty under this paragraph.
(4) In addition to any criminal penalties imposed under
this chapter, the commission may prohibit a person from
lobbying for economic consideration for up to [five] ten
years for conduct which constitutes an offense under this
subsection. Criminal prosecution or conviction is not
required for the imposition of the prohibition authorized by
this paragraph. The commission shall not impose the
prohibition under this paragraph unless the person has been
afforded the opportunity for a hearing, which shall be
conducted by the commission in accordance with sections
1107(14) and 1108(e).
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Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.