Cutler Legislation to Increase Penalties for Lobbyists Who Fail to Register Moves Forward
3/17/2010

Rep. Bryan Cutler’s (R-Peach Bottom) legislation that would increase penalties for lobbyists failing to properly register or report, as specified in Pennsylvania’s Lobbyist Disclosure Act, was unanimously reported from the House State Government Committee yesterday.

 

“We passed the Lobbyist Disclosure Act to protect the integrity of our legislative system and hold lobbyists accountable, but I am worried the penalties imposed by that act may be written off as ‘just the cost of doing business,’” said Cutler.  “My legislation would increase the fines and the lobbying prohibition for those found in violation to send a message that we mean business about the importance of this law.”

 

House Bill 1434 would increase the maximum administrative penalty that may be imposed by the Ethics Commission for violations from $2,000 to $10,000 and the maximum lobbying prohibition from five to 10 years.  In cases of negligent failure to register or report, the penalty would jump from $50 per day to $250 per day.

 

Additionally, the legislation upgrades the offense of intentionally failing to register or report or for filing a false report from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor.  Lobbyists and principals intentionally violating the act could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor and face fines up to $100,000 and a 10-year lobbying prohibition.

 

Rep. Bryan Cutler

100th District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

 (717) 786-4551

(717) 783-6424

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley

nwamsley@pahousegop.com or (717) 783-8063

Member Site:  RepCutler.com

Twitter Site:  Twitter.com/repbryancutler

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