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  1. on March 4, 2009 11:47 am

    I would adopt the federal regulations banning financial contributions from businesses and corporations, and place some maximum contribution limits as the federal regulations do. However, the contribution limits would not have to be identical. Those changes, I think, would be reasonable. If I were king, however, I would require public financing of all campaigns for state and federal office. I’d leave city and county offices out of that requirement.

  2. Ginger Dahlquist on March 5, 2009 8:22 am

    The thing with lobbist being form legislators is that they have special pass privileges to go into the back rooms that other lobbist do not. I’ve been told that it is because they have earned it. Is it not true that once a person is not elected they become a citizen again? Why is it that people think they are special for every. Does it have something to do with how people are raised in Utah? Lobbist should whether paid or unpaid should be treated the same at the capitol. All people should have access to Utah’s elected members. Why is it that in order to hold a special “Day” at the capitol an organization must pay for the elected representatives lunch, dinner or snack. Why is it that even when the organization pays or the lunch, dinner or snack the elected officals do not attend. More distressing to me is that legislators receive a daily per diem and still get the money plus a free meal. Lobbying seems to be a great job for former officials because they have the in.

    Now what would I do. First on the per diem, if an elected official attends the event they pay for it. Since meals at the capitol are catered by the capitol cafeteria maybe something could be worked out. Or at worst the representative write a check to pay for their meal. That way an organization such as a non profit is not paying for elected members that do not want to attend.

    Next, made the rules of lobbying fair to all. If a person was once a member of the legislature have them follow the same rules as ordinary citizens. We might see some of our elected officials not think it as such a coveted job if they have to play by the same rules.

    I believe that lobbyist are needed, but rules need to be clear and concise and not the well you get this and you get that.

  3. Gaylan Stewart on March 5, 2009 5:13 pm

    In the Utah legislature you don’t need as many lobbyists as one might think, because many of the best have a special seat on the floor. The only thing that makes sense to me is to have legislators and the governor report donations and whatever before they deposit money and within several days with other goodies (tickets, meals etc.) and report that on the internet in near real time. We in Utah have a meaningless input on the federal level. Local governments should have their own system.