BREAKING: LDA Amendment Passes House

The House has amended and passed Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy’s bill, H.R. 5751. Originally titled “The Fee on Lobbyists Act,” the bill is now titled “Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act.”

The bill as now amended is significantly different than the original legislation. It does three things:

1. Establishes an “Enforcement Task Force” for purposes of “investigating and prosecuting” cases referred under the LDA to the DOJ.

2. Replaces the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia with the Attorney General for purposes of referral and enforcement.

3. Inserts the language “Section 6(b)(1) of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1605(b)(1)) is amended by striking `by case’ and all that follows through `public record’ and inserting `by case and name of the individual lobbyists or lobbying firms involved, any sentences imposed’.”

The bill passed the House by voice vote on Wednesday.

The language about fee structures and increased enforcement is not in the final legislation.

(h/t Eric Brown at Political Activity Law.)


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