A Senate committee on Thursday approved legislation expanding lobbying laws to cover the executive and judicial branches.
The legislation, backed by Senate President Susan Wagle and Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, requires anyone lobbying the judicial and executive branches to register as a lobbyist and report their expenses. Anyone lobbying the Legislature already must register with the state and report expenditures.
“We have people who go to our executive branch and our judicial branch seeking contracts,” Wagle told the Senate ethics committee in testimony on Wednesday.
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