|Posted:||May 26, 2021 01:01 PM|
|From:||Representative Bryan Cutler and Rep. Joe Kerwin, Rep. Brett R. Miller, Rep. Tracy Pennycuick, Rep. Joe Hamm, Rep. Dawn W. Keefer, Rep. Andrew Lewis, Rep. Craig Williams, Rep. Perry A. Stambaugh, Rep. Russ Diamond, Rep. Matthew D. Dowling, Rep. Brian Smith, Rep. Seth M. Grove|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Lobbying Disclosure Legislative Reform Package-Part 1|
|In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation that will bring further openness, transparency and improved ethical standards to the lobbying industry in our Commonwealth.
In the nearly fifteen years since the enactment of The Lobbyist Disclosure Act (Act 134 of 2006), the lobbying community in Pennsylvania has seen significant growth. Despite this, there have been very few updates to the checks and balances originally enacted in Act 134.
Working in conjunction with President Pro Tempore Corman, this legislative package seeks to address three primary areas of reform: (1) providing openness and transparency, (2) limiting undue influence, and (3) ensuring ethical conduct.
Openness and Transparency:
Limiting Lobbyist Influence:
Introduced as HB1599
|Description:||Bill #1 (Kerwin & B. Miller) Requires lobbyists to disclose and register any lobbying client conflict with the Department of State.|
Introduced as HB1600
|Description:||Bill #2 (Pennycuick) Requires campaign consultants who operate within the Commonwealth to register with the Department of State.
Introduced as HB1601
|Description:||Bill #3 (Hamm, Kerwin & B. Miller) Requires lobbyists to register with the Department of State any equity they may hold in an entity they are lobbying on behalf of.
Introduced as HB1603
|Description:||Bill #4 (A. Lewis & Keefer) Prohibits campaign consultants from concurrently being registered lobbyists and engaging in lobbying elected officials.
Introduced as HB1605
|Description:||Bill #5 (C. Williams) Prohibits lobbyists from receiving/paying referral payments from/to another individual, lobbying firm or campaign consultant.
Introduced as HB1607
|Description:||Bill #6 (Diamond, Stambaugh, Keefer, Hamm & Miller) Prohibits any state entity from hiring an outside lobbyist or consultant to influence the Legislature, Administration or Judiciary.