Colorado General Assembly Passes Senate Bill 14-217 - State and Federal Communications

May 9, 2014  •  

Colorado General Assembly Passes Senate Bill 14-217

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Colorado state legislators recently passed a bill aimed at increasing lobbying transparency. Senate Bill 14-217 passed the House by unanimous vote on May 7, demonstrating bipartisan support for changes in lobbyist disclosure requirements.

The bill requires lobbyist subcontractors receiving business from a professional lobbyist to report subcontracting business on their annual disclosure statements though such information is contemporaneously reported on the professional lobbyists’ disclosure statements.

Another legislative provision requires lobbyists to update their registration statements within 24 hours of lobbying for a new client or subcontracting for another lobbyist. Per its design, SB 217 effectively closes a lobbying loophole by allowing the public to connect the lobbyists who subcontract for lobbying firms to the clients hiring such firms.

If signed by Gov. Hickenlooper, the bill will become effective July 1, 2015.


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