May 2, 2017 •
Tennessee Legislators Considering Disclosure Requirements for Travel Expenses Provided by Lobbyists
The Tennessee House voted unanimously last week to require legislators to disclose travel expenses provided by anyone with an interest in public policy if the travel was for the purpose of educating a legislator with respect to said policy.
The bill, as originally introduced, would cover national organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), or other organizations where corporations provide scholarship funds for legislators to attend a conference.
The bill would require disclosure of the corporation or entity providing the scholarship or funding, but would not require specific dollar amounts.
The Senate passed an amendment to the House bill to exclude from the definition of travel expense any expense paid for by an organization of elected or appointed state government officials, or any other established and recognized organization serving as an umbrella organization for legislative officials and staff.
It has been placed back on the House calendar for early May.
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