HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s state House of Representatives is starting to advance a package of bills aimed at lobbyist influence. The bills won passage in the House State Government Committee on Monday and now go to the full House.
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One bill would bar state officials, including lawmakers, from letting a lobbyist pay for their transportation, lodging, recreation, or entertainment. The bill also limits gifts from lobbyists to $250 in value each year. Another is aimed at lobbyists or lobbying firms that double as campaign consultants.
A lobbyist would be prohibited from trying to influence a state official after having served the official as a campaign consultant. The prohibition lasts for that elected term.