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Revising San Diegos Lobbying Laws
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Last week, the San Diego City Council's Rules Committee approved an overhaul of City Hall’s lobbying rules. The proposed rules would set a much stricter standard for who has to register as a lobbyist, and what they have to reveal about their activities.
Under the new rules, any lobbyist who's paid by a third party to influence City Hall, or who meets with city officials at least 10 times in 60 days, must register. The proposal passed the council's Rules Committee on a unanimous vote.
As you can imagine, a lot of lobbyists are not very happy about the new plan. And, it’s worth asking how much good it will do when it comes to checking corruption in local government.
- Stacey Fulhorst, executive director of the City of San Diego Ethics Commission
- Jim Sutton, attorney who specializes in election law and ethics. He is representing a group of local lobbying firms, trade associations and businesses
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