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H.B. 345






Chief Sponsor: Brad L. Dee

Senate Sponsor: Gregory S. Bell

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill enacts the Lobbying Restrictions Act, which places restrictions on certain
             11      elected officers' ability to act as a lobbyist after leaving office.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    enacts the Lobbying Restrictions Act, which prohibits certain elected government
             15      officials from acting as a lobbyist for one year after leaving office; and
             16          .    requires the lieutenant governor to disapprove an application for a lobbyist license
             17      when the applicant does not meet the eligibility requirements.
             18      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          36-11-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             25      ENACTS:
             26          67-24-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27          67-24-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             28          67-24-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             31          Section 1. Section 36-11-103 is amended to read:
             32           36-11-103. Licensing requirements.
             33          (1) (a) Before engaging in any lobbying, a lobbyist shall obtain a license from the
             34      lieutenant governor by completing the form required by this section.
             35          (b) The lieutenant governor shall issue licenses to qualified lobbyists.
             36          (c) The lieutenant governor shall prepare a Lobbyist License Application Form that
             37      includes:
             38          (i) a place for the lobbyist's name and business address;
             39          (ii) a place for the name and business address of each principal for whom the lobbyist
             40      works or is hired as an independent contractor;
             41          (iii) a place for the name and address of the person who paid or will pay the lobbyist's
             42      registration fee, if the fee is not paid by the lobbyist;
             43          (iv) a place for the lobbyist to disclose any elected or appointed position that the
             44      lobbyist holds in state or local government, if any;
             45          (v) a place for the lobbyist to disclose the types of expenditures for which the lobbyist
             46      will be reimbursed; and
             47          (vi) a certification to be signed by the lobbyist that certifies that the information
             48      provided in the form is true, accurate, and complete to the best of the lobbyist's knowledge and
             49      belief.
             50          (2) Each lobbyist who obtains a license under this section shall update the licensure
             51      information when the lobbyist accepts employment for lobbying by a new client.
             52          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4), the lieutenant governor shall grant a
             53      lobbying license to an applicant who:
             54          (i) files an application with the lieutenant governor that contains the information
             55      required by this section; and
             56          (ii) pays a $25 filing fee.
             57          (b) A license entitles a person to serve as a lobbyist on behalf of one or more principals
             58      and expires on December 31 of each even-numbered year.

             59          (4) (a) The lieutenant governor may disapprove an application for a lobbying license:
             60          (i) if the applicant has been convicted of violating Section 76-8-103 , 76-8-107 ,
             61      76-8-108 , or 76-8-303 within five years before the date of the lobbying license application;
             62          (ii) if the applicant has been convicted of violating Section 76-8-104 or 76-8-304
             63      within one year before the date of the lobbying license application;
             64          (iii) for the term of any suspension imposed under Section 36-11-401 ; [or]
             65          (iv) if, within one year before the date of the lobbying license application, the applicant
             66      has been found to have willingly and knowingly:
             67          (A) violated [Section 36-11-103 ,] this section or Section 36-11-201 , 36-11-301 ,
             68      36-11-302 , 36-11-303 , 36-11-304 , 36-11-305 , or 36-11-403 ; or
             69          (B) filed a document required by this chapter that the lobbyist knew contained
             70      materially false information or omitted material information[.]; or
             71          (v) if the applicant is prohibited from becoming a lobbyist under Title 67, Chapter 24,
             72      Lobbying Restrictions Act.
             73          (b) An applicant may appeal the disapproval in accordance with the procedures
             74      established by the lieutenant governor under this chapter and Title 63G, Chapter 4,
             75      Administrative Procedures Act.
             76          (5) The lieutenant governor shall deposit license fees in the General Fund.
             77          (6) A principal need not obtain a license under this section, but if the principal makes
             78      expenditures to benefit a public official without using a lobbyist as an agent to confer those
             79      benefits, the principal shall disclose those expenditures as required by Sections 36-11-201 .
             80          (7) Government officers need not obtain a license under this section, but shall disclose
             81      any expenditures made to benefit public officials as required by Sections 36-11-201 .
             82          (8) Surrender, cancellation, or expiration of a lobbyist license does not absolve the
             83      lobbyist of the duty to file the financial reports if the lobbyist is otherwise required to file the
             84      reports by Section 36-11-201 .
             85          Section 2. Section 67-24-101 is enacted to read:

             87          67-24-101. Title.
             88          This chapter is known as the "Lobbying Restrictions Act."
             89          Section 3. Section 67-24-102 is enacted to read:

             90          67-24-102. Definitions.
             91          As used in this chapter:
             92          (1) "Lobbying" is as defined in Section 36-11-102 .
             93          (2) "Lobbyist" is as defined in Section 36-11-102 .
             94          (3) "State official" means:
             95          (a) a member of the Legislature;
             96          (b) the governor;
             97          (c) the lieutenant governor;
             98          (d) the state auditor;
             99          (e) the state treasurer; and
             100          (f) the attorney general.
             101          Section 4. Section 67-24-103 is enacted to read:
             102          67-24-103. Qualified prohibitions on lobbyists -- Time limit -- Exceptions.
             103          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), a former state official serving on or after May
             104      12, 2009, may not become a lobbyist or engage in lobbying that would require registration as a
             105      lobbyist under Title 36, Chapter 11, Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act, for one calendar
             106      year, beginning on the day the state official leaves office and ending on the one-year
             107      anniversary of that day.
             108          (2) This section does not apply if the former state official engages in lobbying on
             109      behalf of:
             110          (a) himself; or
             111          (b) a business with which he is associated, unless the primary activity of the business is
             112      lobbying or governmental relations.

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