HARRISBURG – A package of bills introduced by York Co Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill and several of her colleagues would subject lobbyists and campaign consultants to new transparency and ethical standards to limit their level of influence in state government. Phillips-Hill’s legislation, Senate Bill 802, would prohibit any state entity, including the legislature, from hiring an outside lobbyist or campaign consultant to lobby any branch of government. The bill would also prohibit former lobbyists who become employees of the General Assembly from being lobbied by their previous colleagues for one year after separation from employment. Other bills in the legislative package include: SB 801, would require lobbyists to register any clients seeking state financial assistance or grants, as well as prohibit kick-backs and inducements for referrals or performance bonuses for a successful application for taxpayer-funded grants, SB 803, would prevent lobbyists from also being registered as campaign consultants and prohibits a campaign consultant from lobbying a state official who was a client for the remainder of the term for which consulting services were provided, and SB 804, would require all registered lobbyists to complete mandatory annual ethics training developed by the Department of State.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL