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Substitute Bill No. 5504

    February Session, 2008

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AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL LOBBYING.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 1-91 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) "Administrative action" means any action or nonaction of any executive agency of the state or political subdivision of the state with respect to the proposal, drafting, development, consideration, amendment, adoption or repeal of any rule, ordinance, regulation or utility rate, and any action or nonaction of any executive agency or quasi-public agency, as defined in section 1-79 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes, regarding a contract, grant, award, purchasing agreement, loan, bond, certificate, license, permit or any other matter which is within the official jurisdiction or cognizance of such an agency.

Sec. 2. Subsections (j) and (k) of section 1-91 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(j) "Legislative action" means introduction, sponsorship, consideration, debate, amendment, passage, defeat, approval, veto, overriding of a veto or any other official action or nonaction with regard to any bill, resolution, amendment, nomination, appointment, report, or any other matter pending or proposed in a committee or in either house of the legislature or before the legislative body of a political subdivision of the state, or any matter which is within the official jurisdiction or cognizance of the legislature or the legislative body of a political subdivision of the state.

(k) "Lobbying" means communicating directly or soliciting others to communicate with any official or his staff in the legislative or executive branch of government, [or] in a quasi-public agency or in any political subdivision of the state, for the purpose of influencing any legislative or administrative action except that the term "lobbying" does not include (1) communications by or on behalf of a party to, or an intervenor in, a contested case, as described in regulations adopted by the commission in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, before an executive agency or a quasi-public agency, as defined in section 1-79 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes, (2) communications by a representative of a vendor or by an employee of the registered client lobbyist which representative or employee acts as a salesperson and does not otherwise engage in lobbying regarding any administrative action, (3) communications by an attorney made while engaging in the practice of law, [and] including communications with any official or staff of any agency of any political subdivision of the state having responsibility for: Planning or zoning decisions made pursuant to chapters 124, 124a, 125, 125a, 126, 126a, or 127; inland wetlands decisions made pursuant to chapter 440; historic districts decisions made pursuant to chapter 97a; water pollution control authority decisions made pursuant to chapter 446k; motor vehicle or gasoline location decisions made pursuant to chapter 246; aquifer protection decisions made pursuant to chapter 446i; or conservation decisions made pursuant to chapter 97, or communications by an attorney made while engaging in the practice of law regarding any matter other than legislative action as defined in subsection (j) of this section or the proposal, drafting, development, consideration, amendment, adoption or repeal of any rule, ordinance, referendum, budget or regulation, [or] (4) communications by any expert witness in any matter described in subdivision (3) of this subsection, or (5) other communications exempted by regulations adopted by the commission in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

1-91(a)

Sec. 2

from passage

1-91(j) and (k)

GAE

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

APP

Joint Favorable

 

PD

Joint Favorable