Bill extends lobbying disclosures

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AUGUSTA – Legislation passed by the House on Friday will increase the amount of disclosure required of people paid to lobby state government.

L.D. 1727 would extend reporting requirements to those people who are paid to lobby employees of the executive branch, such as bureau directors or agency heads. Currently, disclosure is required only for those who are paid to influence the Legislature or the governor on a specific piece of legislation.

According to Marilyn Canavan, D-Waterville, and the bill’s sponsor, 37 states require disclosure for those lobbying the executive branch.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

— David Farmer

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