HB1358 (2020) Detail

Relative to the identification of lobbyists.


HB 1358 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2602

05/01

 

HOUSE BILL 1358

 

AN ACT relative to the identification of lobbyists.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. T. Smith, Hills. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Legislative Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires lobbyists, and volunteers acting on behalf of lobbyists, to identify themselves as such when contacting members of the legislature, legislative staff, or members of the executive branch.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2602

05/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to the identification of lobbyists.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Lobbyists; Identification.  RSA 15:2 is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

15:2  Identification as a Lobbyist.

I.  Any person who is required to register as a lobbyist under RSA 15:1 shall wear on his or her outer garment a clearly visible name tag when lobbying in the state house or the legislative office building, or before the governor, governor and council, or a state agency.  Such name tag shall have white lettering on a hunter orange background and shall be at least 1 1/2 inches high and 2 1/2 inches long.  This name tag shall consist of lobbyist's first and last name and the word "lobbyist" or the name of the organization represented in letters at least 1/4 inch high.

II.  Any person who is required to register as a lobbyist under RSA 15:1 who communicates with a member of the legislature, legislative staff, or any member of the executive branch, in writing, by fax, or by email, shall identify themselves as a lobbyist in an obvious manner.  The word "lobbyist" shall be used in such identification.

III.  Any person who is required to register as a lobbyist under RSA 15:1 who communicates with a member of the legislature, legislative staff, or any member of the executive branch, by phone or electronic voice message shall identify themselves as a lobbyist at the beginning of any such communication.  The word "lobbyist" shall be used in such identification.

IV.  No person who is required to register as a lobbyist under RSA 15:1 shall use technological measures to block caller ID systems, or use falsified email "from" addresses, when communicating with members of the legislature, legislative staff, or any member of the executive branch.

V.  Any person who is providing unpaid, volunteer services for a person required to register as a lobbyist under RSA 15:1 is subject to the same disclosure requirements as provided for a lobbyist in paragraphs II, III, and IV.  Such person shall disclose his or her role as a volunteer acting on behalf of a lobbyist and shall provide the name of the registered lobbyist.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Links

HB1358 at GenCourtMobile
HB1358 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote
March 12, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1358 Revision: 7012 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 3:07 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Legislative Administration HJ 1 P. 19
Jan. 29, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/29/2020 10:00 am LOB 303
Feb. 5, 2020 Executive Session: 02/05/2020 01:00 pm LOB 303
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 10-3; RC)
March 11, 2020 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/11/2020 (Vote 10-3; RC) HC 10 P. 66
March 12, 2020 Special Order (Rep. T. Smith): MF DV 101-194 03/12/2020
March 12, 2020 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 221-63 03/12/2020