HB1230I-Introduced Bill Text
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1230
89TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE DOUGHERTY.
Read 1st time January 8, 1998 and 1000 copies ordered printed.
ANNE C. WALKER, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 105.473, RSMo Supp. 1997, relating to lobbyists, and to enact in lieu thereof
one new section for the sole purpose of protecting certain witnesses at legislative hearings.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 105.473, RSMo Supp. 1997, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu
thereof, to be known as section 105.473, to read as follows:
105.473. 1. Each lobbyist shall, not later than five days after beginning any activities as a
lobbyist, file standardized registration forms, verified by a written declaration that it is made
under the penalties of perjury, along with a filing fee of ten dollars, with the commission. The
forms shall include the lobbyist's name and business address, the name and address of all persons
such lobbyist employs for lobbying purposes, the name and address of each lobbyist principal by
whom such lobbyist is employed or in whose interest such lobbyist appears or works. The
commission shall maintain files on all lobbyists' filings, which shall be open to the public. Each
lobbyist shall file an updating statement under oath within one week of any addition, deletion, or
change in the lobbyist's employment or representation. The filing fee shall be deposited to the
general revenue fund of the state.
2. Each person shall, before giving testimony before any committee of the general assembly,
give to the secretary of such committee such person's name and address and the identity of any
lobbyist or organization, if any, on whose behalf such person appears. A person who is not a
lobbyist as defined in section 105.470 shall not be required to give such person's address if
the committee determines that the giving of such address would endanger the person's
3. (1) During any period of time in which a lobbyist continues to act as an executive lobbyist,
judicial lobbyist or a legislative lobbyist, the lobbyist shall file with the commission on standardized forms prescribed by the commission monthly reports which shall be due at the close of
business on the tenth day of the following month;
(2) Each report filed pursuant to this subsection shall include a statement, verified by a written
declaration that it is made under the penalties of perjury, setting forth the following:
(a) The total of all expenditures by the lobbyist or his or her lobbyist principals made on behalf
of all public officials, their staffs and employees, and their spouses and dependent children,
which expenditures shall be separated into at least the following categories by the executive
branch, judicial branch and legislative branch of government: printing and publication expenses;
media and other advertising expenses; travel; entertainment; honoraria; meals, food and
beverages; and gifts;
(b) An itemized listing of the name of the recipient and the nature and amount of each expenditure by the lobbyist or his or her lobbyist principal, including a service or anything of value, for
all expenditures made during any reporting period, paid or provided to or for a public official,
such official's staff, employees, spouse or dependent children;
(c) The total of all expenditures made by a lobbyist or lobbyist principal for occasions and the
identity of the group invited, the date and description of the occasion and the amount of the
expenditure for each occasion when any of the following are invited in writing:
a. All members of the senate;
b. All members of the house of representatives;
c. All members of a joint committee of the general assembly or a standing committee of either
the house of representatives or senate; or
d. All members of a caucus of the general assembly if the caucus consists of at least ten
members, a list of the members of the caucus has been previously filed with the ethics committee
of the house or the senate, and such list has been approved by either of such ethics committees;
(d) Any expenditure made on behalf of a public official, or the public official's staff, employees,
spouse or dependent children, if such expenditure is solicited by such public official, the public
official's staff, employees, or spouse or dependent children, from the lobbyist or his or her
lobbyist principals and the name of such person or persons;
(e) A statement detailing any direct business relationship or association or partnership the
lobbyist has with any public official.
The reports required by this paragraph shall cover the time periods since the filing of the last
report or since the lobbyist's employment or representation began, whichever is most recent.
4. No expenditure reported pursuant to this section shall include any amount expended by a
lobbyist or lobbyist principal on himself or herself. All expenditures disclosed pursuant to this
section shall be valued on the report at the actual amount of the payment made, or the charge,
expense, cost, or obligation, debt or bill incurred by the lobbyist or the person the lobbyist
represents. Whenever a lobbyist principal employs more than one lobbyist, expenditures of the
lobbyist principal shall not be reported by each lobbyist, but shall be reported by one of such
5. Any lobbyist principal shall provide in a timely fashion whatever information is reasonably
requested by the lobbyist principal's lobbyist for use in filing the reports required by this section.
6. All information required to be filed [under] pursuant to the provisions of this section with
the commission shall be kept available by the executive director of the commission at all times
open to the public for inspection and copying for a reasonable fee for a period of five years from
the date when such information was filed.
7. No person shall knowingly employ any person who is required to register as a registered
lobbyist but is not registered pursuant to this section. Any person who knowingly violates this
subsection shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount of not more than ten thousand dollars
for each violation. Such civil penalties shall be collected by action filed by the commission.
8. No lobbyist shall knowingly omit, conceal, or falsify in any manner information required
pursuant to this section.
9. The prosecuting attorney of Cole County shall be reimbursed only out of funds specifically
appropriated by the general assembly for investigations and prosecutions for violations of this
10. Any public official or other person whose name appears in any lobbyist report filed pursuant
to this section who contests the accuracy of the portion of the report applicable to such person
may petition the commission for an audit of such report and shall state in writing in such petition
the specific disagreement with the contents of such report. The commission shall investigate
such allegations in the manner described in section 105.959. If the commission determines that
the contents of such report are incorrect, incomplete or erroneous, it shall enter an order requiring
filing of an amended or corrected report.
11. The commission shall provide a report listing the total spent by a lobbyist for the month and
year to any member or member-elect of the general assembly, judge or judicial officer, or any
other person holding an elective office of state government on or before the twentieth day of each
month. For the purpose of providing accurate information to the public, the commission shall
not publish information in either written or electronic form for ten working days after providing
the report pursuant to this subsection. The commission shall not release any portion of the
lobbyist report if the accuracy of the report has been questioned pursuant to subsection 10 of this
section unless it is conspicuously marked "Under Review".
12. Each lobbyist principal by whom the lobbyist was employed, or in whose behalf the lobbyist
acted, shall provide a general description of the proposed legislation or action by the executive
branch or judicial branch which the lobbyist supported or opposed. This information shall be
supplied to the commission on March fifteenth and May thirtieth of each year.
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