Maine LD 370: An Act To Amend the Lobbyist Disclosure Procedures Law

LD 370 (subjects: LOBBYISTS , DISCLOSURE )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=370&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Scott Cyrway of Kennebec: (R – District 16) — e-mail | Facebook

0 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/12/2015 Senate Reported by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec for the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to Joint Rule 204.
Report READ and ACCEPTED.
On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec REFERRED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs and ordered printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/12/2015 House Report was READ and ACCEPTED.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/7/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (S-14) READ and ADOPTED.
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/9/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-14).
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/14/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/16/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-14).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/23/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin PLACED ON THE SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE pending ENACTMENT , in concurrence.
7/16/2015 Senate The Bill was in the possession of the Senate when the Legislature adjourned Sine Die and was placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 370 as originally introduced. L.D. 370 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-14) .

An Act To Amend the Lobbyist Disclosure Procedures Law

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 3 MRSA 314, 2nd , as repealed and replaced by PL 1993, c. 691, 12, is amended to read:

A joint registration expires if the lobbyist or employer notifies the commission in writing that the lobbyist is no longer engaged by the employer to lobby. If termination occurs prior to November 30th, the notification must be given within 30 days of the termination.

Sec. 2. 3 MRSA 316-A, last , as enacted by PL 1993, c. 691, 17, is amended to read:

These forms must be signed by the employee and the signature serves as a certificate The employee must certify that the information entered on that the form is true, correct and complete.

Sec. 3. 3 MRSA 320, first , as amended by IB 1995, c. 1, 8, is further amended to read:

Fees collected pursuant to this chapter must go in equal portions to the General Fund and to be deposited into a special revenue account of the commission to be used for the purposes of administering and enforcing the provisions of this chapter, including the costs of obtaining, maintaining and upgrading technology to facilitate disclosure of lobbying and campaign finance information to the public.

SUMMARY

This bill amends the laws governing disclosures made by lobbyists by:

1. Permitting a lobbyist to notify the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices of the termination of a lobbying relationship rather than requiring notice by the lobbyist’s employer;

2. Removing the requirement that state employees must sign annual registration forms in order to facilitate electronic submission of registrations; and

3. Requiring the commission to deposit the entire registration fee paid by lobbyists and lobbyist associates into a special revenue account to be spent on administrative and technology costs to facilitate disclosure of lobbying and campaign finance information to the public.

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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