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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 112 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 112

(By Delegates Fleischauer, Argento, Barker, Beach, Blair, Brown, Caputo, Cowles, Doyle, Eldridge, Ellem, Frazier, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hatfield, Hutchins, Klempa, Longstreth, Louisos, Mahan, Manchin, Marshall, Martin, Miley, J. Miller, Moore, Perdue, D. Poling and Talbott)




Requesting that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct an interim study regarding the various benefits and burdens upon all applicable parties in the context of the implementation, enforcement, and compliance with the various provisions of the West Virginia Code regarding reporting requirements for lobbyists pursuant to article three, chapter six-b of said code.

Whereas, The ability of various individuals to petition our various government entities, including the West Virginia Legislature, plays a critical role in maintaining and facilitating a government by the people, and for the people, responsive to the needs of the citizenry; and
Whereas, One aspect of the ability of individuals to petition the West Virginia Legislature for a redress of various grievances manifests itself in conduct known as "lobbying activity"; and
Whereas, To ensure said activity further facilitates and enhances the responsiveness of the West Virginia Legislature to its constituents, said Legislature must periodically review the various lobbyist reporting requirements as contained in the West Virginia Code; and
Whereas, The majority of the states and the federal government have laws requiring that lobbyists disclose the source of their funding, just like candidates for elected offices must submit an itemized accounting of all of their contributions; and
Whereas, The federal government and many states ban "bonuses" for lobbyists who are successful in passing or defeating legislation; and
Whereas, The rationale for provisions requiring reporting of lobbyists' funding is to promote transparency in the legislative process. Like our campaign reporting laws, voters deserve to have information about the money that is involved in attempting to influence the legislative process; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct a study regarding the various benefits and burdens upon all applicable parties in the context of the implementation, enforcement, and compliance with the various provisions of the West Virginia Code regarding reporting requirements for lobbyists pursuant to article three, chapter six-B of said code; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report, and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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