Lobbying reform bill needed to shine more light on City Hall, supporters say

Denouncing closed-door meetings – and the fact that lobbyist activity reports are still maintained on paper, not online – witnesses heaped praise on a bill to tighten restrictions on Baltimore lobbyists and modernize the regulation process. Lobbyists would have to identify themselves and their clients when engaging in lobbying activities, file quarterly rather than annual disclosure reports and could be banned from lobbying city government for up to three years for repeated infractions under the proposed “Transparency in Lobbying Act.” (Brew)

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