Cutler’s Lobbyist Penalty Reforms Unanimously Passes House
11/13/2013
HARRISBURG – The people who have the power to influence state lawmakers need to be held more accountable for their actions, and thanks to legislation authored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) we are a step closer to reforming how lobbyists are punished for unlawful acts. Today, the House unanimously passed House Bill 744, which increases the penalties the state Ethics Commission can impose on law-breaking lobbyists. Bipartisan support was led by co-sponsor Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington County).

“The goal of this legislation is to make lobbying more transparent,” Cutler said. “The people of Pennsylvania deserve to know that there are stiff penalties for failure to comply with a law designed to inform them of who is influencing their government and how they are influencing state policy makers.”

The new law would amend the recently passed Lobbyist Disclosure Law and increase the maximum penalty imposed by the Ethics Commission from the current fine of $2,000 to $10,000. Under current law, if a lobbyist is found in violation, the commission may prohibit him or her from lobbying for economic consideration for up to five years. House Bill 744 increases the penalty to 10 years. The bill also would increase the maximum administrative penalty that may be imposed for negligent failure to report under current law from $50 per day, to $50 for the first 10 days, and $250 per day after the initial 10-day period. Currently, misdemeanor grading of various offenses faces fines of up to $25,000. This legislation increases those fines to up to $100,000.

House Bill 744 will now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

For more information on Rep. Cutler’s legislative goals visit www.RepCutler.com, or Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler.

Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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