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PUBLIC Law, Chapter 129

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An Act To Enhance Transparency in Government by Implementing a Waiting Period for Legislators before They May Register as Lobbyists

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 1 MRSA §1008, sub-§4,  as amended by IB 1995, c. 1, §5, is further amended to read:

4. Lobbyist activities.   To administer the lobbyist disclosure laws, Title 3, chapter 15 , and enforce the waiting period required before former Legislators may engage in compensated lobbying as provided by section 1024;

Sec. 2. 1 MRSA §1024  is enacted to read:

§ 1024 Waiting period before engaging in lobbying activities

1 Actions precluded.   Beginning with the convening of the 127th Legislature, a person who has served as a Legislator may not engage in activities that would require registration as a lobbyist or lobbyist associate as defined by Title 3, section 312-A, subsections 10 and 10-A, respectively, until one year after that person's term as a Legislator ends. This subsection may not be construed to prohibit uncompensated lobbying by a former Legislator during the one-year period following the end of that Legislator's most recent term in office.
2 Complaints and investigations.   A person may file a complaint with the commission specifying an alleged violation of this section. The commission staff shall notify the party against whom the complaint has been filed and may undertake the investigation of the alleged violation if directed by the commission. The commission may direct commission staff to undertake an investigation of an alleged violation of this section on its own motion.
3 Penalty.   A person who intentionally violates this section is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000, payable to the State and recoverable in a civil action.

Effective 90 days following adjournment of the 126th Legislature, First Regular Session, unless otherwise indicated.

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