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Chief Sponsor: Brad L. Dee

Senate Sponsor: Gregory S. Bell

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Douglas C. Aagard
             9      Sheryl L. Allen
             10      Roger E. Barrus
             11      Trisha S. Beck
             12      Ron Bigelow
             13      Jim Bird
             14      Jackie Biskupski
             15      Laura Black
             16      Melvin R. Brown
             17      Rebecca Chavez-Houck
             18      David Clark
             19      Stephen D. Clark
             20      Tim M. Cosgrove
             21      John Dougall
             22      Jack R. Draxler
             23      Susan Duckworth
             24      James A. Dunnigan
             25      Rebecca P. Edwards
             26      Janice M. Fisher
             27      Julie Fisher
             28      Lorie D. Fowlke
             29      Gage Froerer
             30      Kevin S. GarnFrancis D. Gibson
Kerry W. Gibson
James R. Gowans
Richard A. Greenwood
Keith Grover
Wayne A. Harper
Lynn N. Hemingway
Christopher N. Herrod
Kory M. Holdaway
Gregory H. Hughes
Fred R Hunsaker
Eric K. Hutchings
Don L. Ipson
Christine A. Johnson
Brian S. King
Todd E. Kiser
Bradley G. Last
David Litvack
Rebecca D. Lockhart
Steven R. Mascaro
John G. Mathis
Kay L. McIff
Ronda Rudd MenloveMichael T. Morley
Carol Spackman Moss
Merlynn T. Newbold
Michael E. Noel
Curtis Oda
Patrick Painter
Marie H. Poulson
Kraig Powell
Paul Ray
Phil Riesen
Stephen E. Sandstrom
F. Jay Seegmiller
Jennifer M. Seelig
Kenneth W. Sumsion
Evan J. Vickers
C. Brent Wallis
Christine F. Watkins
R. Curt Webb
Mark A. Wheatley
Ryan D. Wilcox
Larry B. Wiley
Carl Wimmer
Bradley A. Winn              31     
             32      LONG TITLE
             33      General Description:
             34          This bill enacts the Lobbying Restrictions Act, which places restrictions on certain
             35      elected officers' ability to act as a lobbyist after leaving office.
             36      Highlighted Provisions:

             37          This bill:
             38          .    enacts the Lobbying Restrictions Act, which prohibits certain elected government
             39      officials from acting as a lobbyist for one year after leaving office; and
             40          .    requires the lieutenant governor to disapprove an application for a lobbyist license
             41      when the applicant does not meet the eligibility requirements.
             42      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             43          None
             44      Other Special Clauses:
             45          None
             46      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             47      AMENDS:
             48          36-11-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             49      ENACTS:
             50          67-24-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             51          67-24-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             52          67-24-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             54      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             55          Section 1. Section 36-11-103 is amended to read:
             56           36-11-103. Licensing requirements.
             57          (1) (a) Before engaging in any lobbying, a lobbyist shall obtain a license from the
             58      lieutenant governor by completing the form required by this section.
             59          (b) The lieutenant governor shall issue licenses to qualified lobbyists.
             60          (c) The lieutenant governor shall prepare a Lobbyist License Application Form that
             61      includes:
             62          (i) a place for the lobbyist's name and business address;
             63          (ii) a place for the name and business address of each principal for whom the lobbyist
             64      works or is hired as an independent contractor;

             65          (iii) a place for the name and address of the person who paid or will pay the lobbyist's
             66      registration fee, if the fee is not paid by the lobbyist;
             67          (iv) a place for the lobbyist to disclose any elected or appointed position that the
             68      lobbyist holds in state or local government, if any;
             69          (v) a place for the lobbyist to disclose the types of expenditures for which the lobbyist
             70      will be reimbursed; and
             71          (vi) a certification to be signed by the lobbyist that certifies that the information
             72      provided in the form is true, accurate, and complete to the best of the lobbyist's knowledge and
             73      belief.
             74          (2) Each lobbyist who obtains a license under this section shall update the licensure
             75      information when the lobbyist accepts employment for lobbying by a new client.
             76          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4), the lieutenant governor shall grant a
             77      lobbying license to an applicant who:
             78          (i) files an application with the lieutenant governor that contains the information
             79      required by this section; and
             80          (ii) pays a $25 filing fee.
             81          (b) A license entitles a person to serve as a lobbyist on behalf of one or more
             82      principals and expires on December 31 of each even-numbered year.
             83          (4) (a) The lieutenant governor may disapprove an application for a lobbying license:
             84          (i) if the applicant has been convicted of violating Section 76-8-103 , 76-8-107 ,
             85      76-8-108 , or 76-8-303 within five years before the date of the lobbying license application;
             86          (ii) if the applicant has been convicted of violating Section 76-8-104 or 76-8-304
             87      within one year before the date of the lobbying license application;
             88          (iii) for the term of any suspension imposed under Section 36-11-401 ; [or]
             89          (iv) if, within one year before the date of the lobbying license application, the
             90      applicant has been found to have willingly and knowingly:
             91          (A) violated [Section 36-11-103 ,] this section or Section 36-11-201 , 36-11-301 ,
             92      36-11-302 , 36-11-303 , 36-11-304 , 36-11-305 , or 36-11-403 ; or

             93          (B) filed a document required by this chapter that the lobbyist knew contained
             94      materially false information or omitted material information[.]; or
             95          (v) if the applicant is prohibited from becoming a lobbyist under Title 67, Chapter 24,
             96      Lobbying Restrictions Act.
             97          (b) An applicant may appeal the disapproval in accordance with the procedures
             98      established by the lieutenant governor under this chapter and Title 63G, Chapter 4,
             99      Administrative Procedures Act.
             100          (5) The lieutenant governor shall deposit license fees in the General Fund.
             101          (6) A principal need not obtain a license under this section, but if the principal makes
             102      expenditures to benefit a public official without using a lobbyist as an agent to confer those
             103      benefits, the principal shall disclose those expenditures as required by Sections 36-11-201 .
             104          (7) Government officers need not obtain a license under this section, but shall disclose
             105      any expenditures made to benefit public officials as required by Sections 36-11-201 .
             106          (8) Surrender, cancellation, or expiration of a lobbyist license does not absolve the
             107      lobbyist of the duty to file the financial reports if the lobbyist is otherwise required to file the
             108      reports by Section 36-11-201 .
             109          Section 2. Section 67-24-101 is enacted to read:

             111          67-24-101. Title.
             112          This chapter is known as the "Lobbying Restrictions Act."
             113          Section 3. Section 67-24-102 is enacted to read:
             114          67-24-102. Definitions.
             115          As used in this chapter:
             116          (1) "Lobbying" is as defined in Section 36-11-102 .
             117          (2) "Lobbyist" is as defined in Section 36-11-102 .
             118          (3) "State official" means:
             119          (a) a member of the Legislature;
             120          (b) the governor;

             121          (c) the lieutenant governor;
             122          (d) the state auditor;
             123          (e) the state treasurer; and
             124          (f) the attorney general.
             125          Section 4. Section 67-24-103 is enacted to read:
             126          67-24-103. Qualified prohibitions on lobbyists -- Time limit -- Exceptions.
             127          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), a former state official serving on or after
             128      May 12, 2009, may not become a lobbyist or engage in lobbying that would require
             129      registration as a lobbyist under Title 36, Chapter 11, Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act,
             130      for one calendar year, beginning on the day the state official leaves office and ending on the
             131      one-year anniversary of that day.
             132          (2) This section does not apply if the former state official engages in lobbying on
             133      behalf of:
             134          (a) himself; or
             135          (b) a business with which he is associated, unless the primary activity of the business
             136      is lobbying or governmental relations.

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