November 30, 2012
Phillip Ung (916) 520-4070
Former Legislators Prohibited by Law from Lobbying for One Year
One year ban begins today
Sacramento, CA - Today, California Common Cause sent an open letter to the Fair Political Practices Commission which provided a list of former legislators who are prohibited from lobbying the Legislature for one year, beginning today, under California Law:
Government Code 87406(b):No Member of the Legislature, for a period of one year after leaving office, shall, for compensation, act as agent or attorney for, or otherwise represent, any other person by making any formal or informal appearance, or by making any oral or written communication, before the Legislature, any committee or subcommittee thereof, any present Member of the Legislature, or any officer or employee thereof, if the appearance or communication is made for the purpose of influencing legislative action.
The open letter urges the Fair Political Practices Commission to investigate any former legislator and lobbyist employer who violate California's "revolving door" laws. In addition the open letter encourages lobbying employers, lobbying firms, legislators, legislative staff, and members of the media and the general public to report any violation for Government Code 87406 to the Fair Political Practices Commission or California Common Cause.
"In addition to raising awareness about the current law, California Common Cause will be looking for courageous legislators who are willing to take on lobbying reform and strengthen the state's revolving door laws," said Phillip Ung, policy advocate for California Common Cause. "It's time to close the biggest loopholes in our lobbying laws and increase disclosure of the influence industry."
In order to assist the public with enforcing this law, the open letter includes the names of all former legislators who fall under this lobbying prohibition:
Michael Allen Bill Berryhill Cameron Smyth
Betsy Butler Martin Garrick Jose Solorio
Charles Calderon Linda Halderman Sandre Swanson
Wilmer Amina Carter Mary Hayashi Elaine Alquist
Gilbert Cedillo Alsyon Huber Sam Blakeslee
Mike Davis Fiona Ma Bob Dutton
Mike Eng Tony Mendoza Tom Harman
Nathan Fletcher Jeff Miller Christine Kehoe
Felipe Fuentes Chris Norby Sharon Runner
Mike Feuer Anthony Portantino Tony Strickland
Warren Furutani Jim Silva
Please contact Phillip Ung at (916) 520-4070 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any inquiries or need analysis.
Office: California Common Cause
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