Lobbyists Under Fire

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By Jeremy Alford 

The first few days of the special session on ethics reform was chock full of “lobbyist reform” bills, most notably a measure that would prohibit them from spending more than $50 per lawmaker per meal and reporting requirements that reveal financial and client information. Some of the more draconian bills, however, never came up for debate  or weren’t debated until the final hours of the session. Among them were measures to prohibit lobbyists from passing notes to lawmakers on the House floor, force them to wear special badges, forbid them from sitting in seats behind the House floor, and require them to be sworn in before providing testimony. 

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