February 2, 2011 •
House Bill 1474, introduced before the Washington Legislature, seeks to make electronic filing of lobbyist and lobbyist employer reports mandatory by July 1, 2012.
The bill creates a new electronic filing system funded by both an initial fee charged to registered lobbyists and lobbyist employers in 2011 and an annual fee collected thereafter.
The bill states that the increased fees are required for data development costs and the purchase and maintenance of computer hardware and software associated with the new system.
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