Delaware Democrats push transparency bills

Three legislative bills filed Tuesday would place additional requirements on lobbyists and political committees, improve transparency in government and mandate greater disclosure, its Democratic sponsors said.

One proposal, from Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark, would require lobbyists to state whether they are being paid for their work supporting or opposing bills. Lobbyists who are compensated would have to pay a “fee” to the state. Anyone failing to do so would be barred from acting as a lobbyist until the fee is paid.  Continue…