7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions of the Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ clarifies provisions relating to financial reports;
13 ▸ requires the lieutenant governor to provide, and a lobbyist to take, an annual
14 training course relating to harassment;
15 ▸ amends existing rulemaking authority within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor;
16 ▸ prohibits a lobbyist from:
17 • engaging in harassment;
18 • retaliating against an individual for filing a harassment complaint or another
19 complaint described in this bill;
20 • retaliating against a person for cooperating in an investigation described in this
21 bill; or
22 • otherwise interfering with an investigation described in this bill;
23 ▸ requires a lobbyist to cooperate with an investigation described in this bill;
24 ▸ provides penalties for a lobbyist who violates the provisions of this bill;
25 ▸ permits a lobbyist to file a complaint of harassment against an executive worker or a
26 legislative worker; and
27 ▸ makes technical and conforming amendments.
28 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
30 Other Special Clauses:
32 Utah Code Sections Affected:
34 36-11-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 188
35 36-11-106, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 317
36 36-11-307, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 389
37 36-11-401, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 258
38 36-11-404, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
40 36-11-501, Utah Code Annotated 1953
42 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
43 Section 1. Section 36-11-103 is amended to read:
44 36-11-103. Licensing requirements.
45 (1) (a) Before engaging in any lobbying, a lobbyist shall obtain a license from the
46 lieutenant governor by completing the form required by this section.
47 (b) The lieutenant governor shall issue licenses to qualified lobbyists.
48 (c) The lieutenant governor shall prepare a Lobbyist License Application Form that
50 (i) a place for the lobbyist's name and business address;
51 (ii) a place for the following information for each principal for whom the lobbyist
52 works or is hired as an independent contractor:
53 (A) the principal's name;
54 (B) the principal's business address;
55 (C) the name of each public official that the principal employs and the nature of the
56 employment with the public official; and
57 (D) the general purposes, interests, and nature of the principal;
58 (iii) a place for the name and address of the person who paid or will pay the lobbyist's
59 registration fee, if the fee is not paid by the lobbyist;
60 (iv) a place for the lobbyist to disclose:
61 (A) any elected or appointed position that the lobbyist holds in state or local
62 government, if any; and
63 (B) the name of each public official that the lobbyist employs and the nature of the
64 employment with the public official, if any;
65 (v) a place for the lobbyist to disclose the types of expenditures for which the lobbyist
66 will be reimbursed; and
67 (vi) a certification to be signed by the lobbyist that certifies that the information
68 provided in the form is true, accurate, and complete to the best of the lobbyist's knowledge and
70 (2) Each lobbyist who obtains a license under this section shall update the licensure
71 information when the lobbyist accepts employment for lobbying by a new client.
72 (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4), the lieutenant governor shall grant a
73 lobbying license to an applicant who:
74 (i) files an application with the lieutenant governor that contains the information
75 required by this section; and
76 (ii) pays a $110 filing fee.
77 (b) A license entitles a person to serve as a lobbyist on behalf of one or more principals
78 and expires on December 31 of each even-numbered year.
79 (4) (a) The lieutenant governor may disapprove an application for a lobbying license:
80 (i) if the applicant has been convicted of violating Section 76-8-103, 76-8-107,
81 76-8-108, or 76-8-303 within five years before the date of the lobbying license application;
82 (ii) if the applicant has been convicted of violating Section 76-8-104 or 76-8-304
83 within one year before the date of the lobbying license application;
84 (iii) [
85 (iv) during the term of a suspension or revocation imposed under Subsection
88 applicant has been found to have willingly and knowingly:
89 (A) violated this section or Section 36-11-201, 36-11-301, 36-11-302, 36-11-303,
90 36-11-304, 36-11-305, or 36-11-403; or
91 (B) filed a document required by this chapter that the lobbyist knew contained
92 materially false information or omitted material information; or
94 Chapter 24, Lobbying Restrictions Act.
95 (b) An applicant may appeal the disapproval in accordance with the procedures
96 established by the lieutenant governor under this chapter and Title 63G, Chapter 4,
97 Administrative Procedures Act.
98 (5) The lieutenant governor shall deposit each license fee into the General Fund as a
99 dedicated credit to be used by the lieutenant governor to pay the cost of administering the
100 license program described in this section.
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 Section 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 Section 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 36-11-106 is amended to read:
110 36-11-106. Financial reports are public documents.
111 (1) Any person may:
112 (a) without charge, inspect a license application or financial report filed with the
113 lieutenant governor in accordance with this chapter; and
114 (b) make a copy of a financial report after paying for the actual costs of the copy.
115 (2) The lieutenant governor shall make financial reports filed in accordance with this
116 chapter available for viewing on the Internet at the lieutenant governor's website within seven
117 calendar days after the day on which the report is received by the lieutenant governor.
118 Section 3. Section 36-11-307 is amended to read:
119 36-11-307. Ethics and unlawful harassment training course for lobbyists --
120 Internet availability -- Content -- Participation tracking -- Penalty.
121 (1) (a) As used in this section, "harassment" means the same as that term is defined in
122 Subsection 36-11-501(1)(b).
124 training courses for lobbyists on ethics and harassment.
125 (2) [
126 materials and exercises that are available on the Internet to lobbyists and to the public.
127 (3) The lieutenant governor shall design the ethics training course [
128 to assist lobbyists in understanding and complying with current ethical and campaign finance
129 requirements under state law, legislative rules, and federal law.
130 (4) The lieutenant governor:
131 (a) shall design the harassment training course to assist lobbyists in understanding and
132 complying with state and federal legal requirements, legislative rules, and administrative rules
133 relating to unlawful harassment; and
134 (b) may enter into an agreement with the Department of Human Resource Management
135 to assist the lieutenant governor in providing the harassment training described in this section.
137 provisions for verifying when a lobbyist has successfully completed [
141 on January 16 and ends on January 15 of the following year.
144 (7) (a) If a lobbyist fails to complete the training described in this section within the
145 time period described in Subsection (6), the lieutenant governor shall immediately suspend the
146 lobbyist's lobbying license.
147 (b) The lieutenant governor shall lift a suspension described in Subsection (7)(a) if:
148 (i) the lobbyist completes the training described in this section;
149 (ii) the lobbyist pays a $1,000 fine; and
150 (iii) the lobbyist's license is not otherwise suspended or revoked.
151 (c) If a lobbyist completes the training described in this section after the annual
152 deadline, the completion:
153 (i) satisfies the training requirement for the previous one-year period; and
154 (ii) does not satisfy the training requirement for the current one-year period.
155 (d) The lieutenant governor shall revoke the lobbying license of a lobbyist who does
156 not comply with Subsections (7)(b)(i) and (ii) within 180 days after the day on which the
157 lobbyist's license is suspended under Subsection (7)(a).
158 (e) A lobbyist whose license is revoked under Subsection (7)(d) may not obtain a new
159 lobbying license unless the lobbyist:
160 (i) applies for, and qualifies to receive, a new lobbying license;
161 (ii) completes the training described in this section; and
162 (iii) pays a $2,000 fine.
163 (f) The lieutenant governor shall, within one business day after the day on which the
164 lieutenant governor takes action described in this Subsection (7), provide written notice of the
165 action to the secretary of the Senate and the clerk of the House of Representatives.
166 Section 4. Section 36-11-401 is amended to read:
167 36-11-401. Penalties.
168 (1) Any person who intentionally violates Section 36-11-103, 36-11-201, 36-11-301,
169 36-11-302, 36-11-303, 36-11-304, 36-11-305, or 36-11-403, is subject to the following
171 (a) an administrative penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation; and
172 (b) for each subsequent violation of that same section within 24 months, either:
173 (i) an administrative penalty of up to $5,000; or
174 (ii) suspension of the violator's lobbying license for up to one year, if the person is a
176 (2) Any person who intentionally fails to file a financial report required by this chapter,
177 omits material information from a license application form or financial report, or files false
178 information on a license application form or financial report, is subject to the following
180 (a) an administrative penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation; or
181 (b) suspension of the violator's lobbying license for up to one year, if the person is a
183 (3) Any person who intentionally fails to file a financial report required by this chapter
184 on the date that it is due shall, in addition to the penalties, if any, imposed under Subsection (1)
185 or (2), pay a penalty of up to $50 per day for each day that the report is late.
186 (4) (a) When a lobbyist is convicted of violating Section 76-8-103, 76-8-107, 76-8-108,
187 or 76-8-303, the lieutenant governor shall suspend the lobbyist's license for up to five years
188 from the date of the conviction.
189 (b) When a lobbyist is convicted of violating Section 76-8-104 or 76-8-304, the
190 lieutenant governor shall suspend a lobbyist's license for up to one year from the date of
192 (5) (a) Any person who intentionally violates Section 36-11-301, 36-11-302, or
193 36-11-303 is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
194 (b) The lieutenant governor shall suspend the lobbyist license of any person convicted
195 under any of these sections for up to one year.
196 (c) The suspension shall be in addition to any administrative penalties imposed by the
197 lieutenant governor under this section.
198 (d) Any person with evidence of a possible violation of this chapter may submit that
199 evidence to the lieutenant governor for investigation and resolution.
207 Section 5. Section 36-11-404 is amended to read:
208 36-11-404. Lieutenant governor's procedures.
209 (1) [
210 the director of elections within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor shall make rules that
212 (a) for the appointment of an administrative law judge to adjudicate alleged violations
213 of this [
214 (b) procedures for license applications, disapprovals, suspensions, revocations, and
215 reinstatements that comply with the procedures and requirements of Title 63G, Chapter 4,
216 Administrative Procedures Act.
217 (2) The lieutenant governor shall develop forms needed for the registration and
218 disclosure provisions [
219 Section 6. Section 36-11-501 is enacted to read:
221 36-11-501. Unlawful harassment -- Investigation -- Penalties.
222 (1) As used in this section:
223 (a) "Executive worker" means an elected or appointed officer, employee, or volunteer
224 of the state executive branch.
225 (b) (i) "Harassment" means unwelcome conduct that is:
226 (A) based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
227 origin, age, disability, citizenship status, or genetic information; and
228 (B) intimidating, hostile, offensive, or otherwise unlawful.
229 (ii) "Harassment" based on sex includes sexual harassment and harassment based on
230 gender or pregnancy.
231 (c) "Legislative worker" means a member, employee, or volunteer of the Legislature.
232 (d) "Sexual harassment" includes:
233 (i) unwelcome sexual advances;
234 (ii) unwelcome requests for sexual favors; or
235 (iii) other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
236 (2) A lobbyist may not:
237 (a) engage in harassment;
238 (b) retaliate against an individual for filing a complaint alleging a violation of this
240 (c) retaliate against a complainant, witness, or other person for:
241 (i) conducting or cooperating with an investigation of an alleged violation of this
242 section; or
243 (ii) taking action to remediate harassment; or
244 (d) otherwise interfere with an investigation of an alleged violation of this section.
245 (3) A lobbyist shall fully cooperate with an investigation of an alleged violation of this
246 section conducted by:
247 (a) the lieutenant governor, the Legislature, or the executive branch; or
248 (b) a designee of the lieutenant governor, the Legislature, or the executive branch.
249 (4) (a) If a lobbyist violates Subsection (2) and the alleged victim is a legislative
251 (i) any legislative worker may file a complaint with the compliance officer designated
252 in the Legislature's harassment policy; and
253 (ii) the Legislature or the Legislature's designee may, if warranted, conduct an
254 investigation and take action to remediate any violation.
255 (b) If a lobbyist violates Subsection (2) and the alleged victim is an executive worker:
256 (i) any executive worker may file a complaint with an individual designated in the state
257 executive branch's applicable harassment policy; and
258 (ii) the executive branch or the executive branch's designee may, if warranted, conduct
259 an investigation and take action to remediate any violation.
260 (5) (a) The speaker of the House of Representatives, the president of the Senate, or the
261 legislative general counsel may recommend that the lieutenant governor take action under
262 Subsection (6) if a lobbyist:
263 (i) is found to have engaged in a serious violation, or multiple violations, of the
264 Legislature's harassment policy;
265 (ii) retaliates against a complainant, a witness, or another person for:
266 (A) filing a complaint alleging a violation of this section;
267 (B) conducting or cooperating with an investigation; or
268 (C) taking action to remediate unlawful harassment; or
269 (iii) interferes with, or fails to fully cooperate with, an investigation of an alleged
270 violation of this section.
271 (b) The governor, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general, or an executive
272 director may recommend that the lieutenant governor take action under Subsection (6) if a
274 (i) is found to have engaged in a serious violation, or multiple violations, of a state
275 executive branch harassment policy;
276 (ii) retaliates against a complainant, a witness, or another person for:
277 (A) filing a complaint alleging a violation of this section;
278 (B) conducting or cooperating with an investigation; or
279 (C) taking action to remediate unlawful harassment; or
280 (iii) interferes with, or fails to fully cooperate with, an investigation of an alleged
281 violation of this section.
282 (6) If the lieutenant governor receives a recommendation under Subsection (5), the
283 lieutenant governor may, after ensuring that the lobbyist has notice and an opportunity to be
284 heard and taking into account the seriousness of the violation and the number of violations, do
285 either or both of the following:
286 (a) impose an administrative fine against the lobbyist, not to exceed $2,000; or
287 (b) suspend the lobbyist's license for a period of up to five years.
288 (7) (a) A lobbyist who is a victim of harassment by an executive worker may file a
289 complaint under the state executive branch's applicable harassment policy.
290 (a) A lobbyist who is a victim of harassment by a legislative worker may file a
291 complaint under the Legislature's harassment policy.