Utah lobbyists now required to wear badges

Friday , August 01, 2014 - 8:39 AM

By MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Starting Friday, a new law requires Utah lobbyists to wear name tags featuring the word “lobbyist” whenever they’re trying to influence public officials at the state Capitol.

The law also requires lobbyists to disclose who they’re working for before advocating to an official.

Lobbyists already have to register with the Utah lieutenant governor’s office, which expects to hand out about 100 badges over the next few months.

Those will be valid for a handful of interim meetings scheduled before the next legislative session in January.

At the end of the year, all 500 of the state’s registered lobbyists will have to pick up new badges as they renew their licenses.

Lawmakers say the requirements will let them know who they’re dealing with.

Some lobbyists say the badges are unnecessary and they already disclose their clients.

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