|In the near future, I, along with several Members of our Caucus, 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, signed into law November 1, 2006, the lobbying community in Pennsylvania has grown exponentially with very few checks and balances on their influence and manner of conduct.
Working in conjunction with Speaker Cutler, we have identified a number of topics that our legislation seeks to address: Openness and Transparency; Limiting Lobbyist Influence; and Ethical Conduct:
Openness and Transparency:
- Requiring lobbyists to disclose and register any lobbying client conflicts with the Department of State.
- Requiring campaign consultants who operate within the Commonwealth to register with the Department of State.
- Requiring lobbyists to register with the Department of State any equity they may hold in an entity they are lobbying on behalf of.
Limiting Lobbyist Influence:
- Prohibiting campaign consultants from being registered lobbyists and engaging in lobbying elected officials for two years (length of legislative session).
- Prohibiting lobbyists from receiving/paying referral payments from/to another individual, lobbying firm or campaign consultant.
- Prohibiting any state entity from hiring an outside lobbyist or consultant to influence the Legislature, Administration or Judiciary.
Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation to help further bring openness, transparency and improved ethical standards to the lobbying industry in Pennsylvania.
- Requiring all registered lobbyists to complete a mandatory ethics training on an annual basis.
- Requiring lobbyists to specifically register with the Department of State any clients for which they seek state financial assistance or grant program.
- Prohibiting lobbyists from collecting an inducement through a 3rd party affiliate upon a successful public taxpayer dollar-funded state grant program.