August 3, 2015 •
Madison, WI Council Seeks to Ban Lobbyists From Serving on Committees
Legislation banning paid lobbyists from serving on boards, commissions, or committees was introduced in Common Council on July 7.
Currently, legislative committees are comprised of alders and appointed city residents. As appointed members are chosen based on expertise, lobbyists who are appointed often have potential conflicts of interest between their committee duties and their activities for paying clients.
By banning paid lobbyists, the sponsors hope to remove possible undue influence and ensure good government practices.
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