H.R. 5751: Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act

H.R. 5751

Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act

Date
July 28, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.R. 5751 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Kilroy (D-OH) on July 15, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5751 would establish in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia a Lobbying Disclosure Act Enforcement Task Force.  The Task Force would have primary responsibility for (1) investigating cases referred to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, (2) would collect and disseminate information with respect to the enforcement of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, (3) may propose legislation to Congress with respect to the enforcement of and compliance with the Act, and (4) may make recommendations to Congress with respect to the need for and resources available for the enhanced enforcement of the Act.

The Attorney General would appoint an Executive Director of the Task Force and provide the Task Force with such staff, administrative support, and other resources as may be necessary.

H.R. 5751 would amends the Lobbying Disclosure Act to include the names of firms and individual lobbyists when announcing non-compliant entities (current law forbids specific names).

The bill would authorize to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this legislation.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office has not prepared a cost estimate for H.R. 5751 as of press time.