Changes in Utah State Lobbying and Gift Law
On March 26, 2019 and March 27, 2019, Governor Gary Herbert of Utah signed House Bill 64 and Senate Bill 147 respectively into law. Both laws, which become effective on May 14, 2019, make amendments to Utah’s state lobbying requirements.
House Bill 64 creates disclosure requirements for lobbying local government and board of education members. The new requirements include quarterly reports and prohibit expenditures of over $10 by lobbyists (and lobbyists’ principals, if necessary). Expenditures for food, beverage, travel, lodging, or admission to or attendance at a tour or meeting are excluded.
Senate Bill 147 modifies the requirements for the ethics and harassment training course for lobbyists to include specific dates for completion as well penalties for non-completion.