Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Lawmakers give approval to lobbyist transparency bill
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

In efforts to upgrade transparency of lobbyist-candidate relations in the wake of the scandals that ousted Attorney General John Swallow, the Utah Senate passed HB246s5 Thursday. The bill would require anyone running for a contested office to be more transparent with lobbyist contributions.

Under the proposed law, candidates would be required to report any assistance they receive within three business days if the donation or volunteer service is made within 30 days of an election or convention. Failure to report a contribution would carry a penalty of either $50 or 15 percent of the value of the contribution made by a lobbyist.

The bill also would require lobbyists to wear name tags with the lobbyist's full name, whom they represent, and the term "lobbyist" — in no smaller than 18-point type.

"You really don't know which side [lobbyists] are on or who they're representing because lobbyists represent multiple clients. This would require they disclose who their principals are," said Sen. Curtis Bramble, R-Provo. Bramble also said requiring lobbyists to wear name tags is common in other states.

The transparency efforts were bundled with SB97, a bill that would have banned "dark consulting," where lobbyists quietly help elect legislators in quick mid-term campaigns to replace members who resign. That bill died in the House Thursday on a 35-37 vote.


Twitter: @amymcdonald89

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.