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S.B. 251

             1     

LOBBYIST TRAINING

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Michael G. Waddoups

             5     
House Sponsor: Rebecca D. Lockhart

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill addresses lobbyist ethics training.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides that the lieutenant governor shall develop and maintain an ethics training
             13      course for lobbyists;
             14          .    establishes procedures and requirements for the ethics training course for lobbyists;
             15          .    provides penalties for a lobbyist who fails to complete the ethics training course;
             16      and
             17          .    makes technical and conforming changes.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          36-11-401, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 338
             25      ENACTS:
             26          36-11-307, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27     


             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 36-11-307 is enacted to read:
             30          36-11-307. Ethics training course -- Internet availability -- Content --
             31      Participation tracking -- Penalty.
             32          (1) The lieutenant governor shall develop and maintain an ethics training course for
             33      lobbyists.
             34          (2) The ethics training course shall include training materials and exercises that are
             35      available on the Internet to lobbyists and to the public.
             36          (3) The ethics training course shall be designed to assist lobbyists in understanding and
             37      complying with current ethical and campaign finance requirements under state law, legislative
             38      rules, and federal law.
             39          (4) The ethics training course shall include provisions for verifying when a lobbyist has
             40      successfully completed key training exercises.
             41          (5) A lobbyist shall successfully complete the key training exercises of the ethics
             42      training course once each year.
             43          (6) A lobbyist who does not complete the training required by this section is subject to
             44      a penalty as provided in Section 36-11-401 .
             45          Section 2. Section 36-11-401 is amended to read:
             46           36-11-401. Penalties.
             47          (1) Any person who willfully and knowingly violates Section 36-11-103 , 36-11-201 ,
             48      36-11-301 , 36-11-302 , 36-11-303 , 36-11-304 , 36-11-305 , or 36-11-403 , is subject to the
             49      following penalties:
             50          (a) an administrative penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation; and
             51          (b) for each subsequent violation of that same section within 24 months, either:
             52          (i) an administrative penalty of up to $5,000; or
             53          (ii) suspension of the violator's lobbying license for up to one year, if the person is a
             54      lobbyist.
             55          (2) Any person who willfully and knowingly fails to file a financial report required by
             56      this chapter, omits material information from a license application form or financial report, or
             57      files false information on a license application form or financial report, is subject to the
             58      following penalties:


             59          (a) an administrative penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation; or
             60          (b) suspension of the violator's lobbying license for up to one year, if the person is a
             61      lobbyist.
             62          (3) Any person who willfully and knowingly fails to file a financial report required by
             63      this chapter on the date that it is due shall, in addition to the penalties, if any, imposed under
             64      Subsection (1) or (2), pay a penalty of up to $50 per day for each day that the report is late.
             65          (4) (a) When a lobbyist is convicted of violating Section 76-8-103 , 76-8-107 , 76-8-108 ,
             66      or 76-8-303 , the lieutenant governor shall suspend the lobbyist's license for up to five years
             67      from the date of the conviction.
             68          (b) When a lobbyist is convicted of violating Section 76-8-104 or 76-8-304 , the
             69      lieutenant governor shall suspend a lobbyist's license for up to one year from the date of
             70      conviction.
             71          (5) (a) Any person who willfully and knowingly violates Section 36-11-301 ,
             72      36-11-302 , or 36-11-303 is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
             73          (b) The lieutenant governor shall suspend the lobbyist license of any person convicted
             74      under any of these sections for up to one year.
             75          (c) The suspension shall be in addition to any administrative penalties imposed by the
             76      lieutenant governor under this section.
             77          (d) Any person with evidence of a possible violation of this chapter may submit that
             78      evidence to the lieutenant governor for investigation and resolution.
             79          (6) A lobbyist who does not complete the training required by Section 36-11-307 is
             80      subject to the following penalties:
             81          (a) an administrative penalty of up to $1,000 for each failure to complete the training
             82      required by Section 36-11-307 ; and
             83          (b) for two or more failures to complete the training required by Section 36-11-307
             84      within 24 months, suspension of the lobbyist's lobbying license.
             85          [(6)] (7) Nothing in this chapter creates a third-party cause of action or appeal rights.





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