S. 349 (103rd): Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1993

Introduced:
Feb 04, 1993 (103rd Congress, 1993–1994)
Status:
Died (Conference Report Agreed to by House)
Sponsor
Carl Levin
Senator from Michigan
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
Mar 24, 1994
Length
70 pages
Related Bills
S. 2279 (102nd) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 27, 1992

S. 1060 (104th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Signed by the President
Dec 19, 1995

 
Status

Progress
Introduced Feb 04, 1993
Referred to Committee Feb 04, 1993
Reported by Committee Feb 25, 1993
Passed Senate May 06, 1993
Passed House with Changes Mar 24, 1994
Conference Report Agreed to by House Sep 29, 1994
 
Full Title

A bill to provide for the disclosure of lobbying activities to influence the Federal Government, and for other purposes.

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Votes
May 06, 1993 4:16 p.m.
Bill Passed 95/2
On the Conference Report
Sep 29, 1994 4:51 p.m.
Passed 306/112
Oct 06, 1994 10:08 a.m.
Cloture Motion Rejected 52/46
Oct 07, 1994 11:46 a.m.
Cloture Motion Rejected 55/42

Cosponsors
10 cosponsors (5D, 5R) (show)
Committees

House Judiciary

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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9/26/1994--Conference report filed in House.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I - Lobbying Disclosure Title II: Congressional Gift Rules Title I: Lobbying Disclosure
Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1994 - Requires registration with the Office of Lobbying Registration and Public Disclosure (Office) established by this Act by any individual lobbyist (or the individual's employer, if it employs one or more lobbyists) within 30 days after the individual first makes, or is employed or retained to make, a lobbying contact with either the President, the Vice President, a Member of Congress, or any other specified Federal officer or employee.
Defines a lobbyist as any individual employed or retained by a client for financial or other compensation for services that include one or more lobbying contacts (but not an individual whose lobbying activities constitute less than ten percent of the time engaged in the services provided to that client).
Provides for:
(1) special registration filing rules in cases involving multiple clients and contacts; and
(2) registration termination in cases where a registrant is no longer employed or retained by a client to conduct lobbying activities, and does not anticipate any additional lobbying activities for such client.
Section 104 -
Specifies the contents of such registration and reports.
Section 105 -
Requires registrants to file semiannual lobbying activity reports with the Office. Provides for: (1) exemptions from such registration and reporting requirements in cases involving lobbying income of $2,500 or less (for a particular client) or total expenses of $5,000 or less (for all lobbying activities) (adjusted periodically for inflation) for the semiannual period.
Section 106 -
Provides for special rules generally prohibiting registrants under this Act and the Foreign Agents Registration Act from providing gifts (including meals, lodging, transportation, entertainment, reimbursements, loans, or forbearance) to any covered legislative branch official, or to the spouse, dependent, friend, or relative of such an official if it is given with the knowledge and acquiescence of such official and is given because of his or her position.
Permits certain such items under prescribed circumstances, such as lawful political contributions and informational materials sent to the official's office, and gifts given for a nonbusiness purpose and motivated by family relationship or close personal friendship.
Section 107 -
Establishes the Office as an executive agency, and specifies its duties, including making public the semiannual lobbyist activity reports.
Section 108 -
Establishes procedures for: (1) determining and resolving alleged violations of this Act; and (2) judicial review of Office decisions.
Section 113 -
Amends the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 to: (1) eliminate references to political propaganda and, in certain cases, replace them with references to informational materials; and (2) modify registration exemption provisions.
Section 114 -
Revises (Byrd Amendment) requirements for a declaration by persons requesting or receiving a Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement with respect to any payments made in connection with it which would be prohibited if made with appropriated funds.
Requires, in lieu of information currently required, the:
(1) name of any registrant under this Act who has made lobbying contacts on behalf of the person with respect to that Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement; and
(2) certification that the declarant has not made, and will not make, any prohibited payment.
Section 115 -
Repeals: (1) the Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act; and (2) provisions on lobbyist activities of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act and the Housing Act of 1949.
Section 118 -
Authorizes appropriations for FY 1995 through 1999.
Section 119 -
Sets forth special rules for the identification of: (1) foreign and other clients on whose behalf lobbying contacts are made with a covered legislative or executive branch official; and (2) such covered officials.
Section 121 -
Directs the Comptroller General to study and report to the Congress on differences in meaning between this Act and the Internal Revenue Code of "lobbying activities," "lobbying expenditures," "influencing legislation," and related terms. Requires the President to appoint an interim Director of the Office within 30 days after enactment of this Act.
Title II - Congressional Gift Rules
Makes conforming amendments to the Standing Rules of the Senate and the Rules of the House of Representatives, as well as the Ethics in Government Act and the Ethics Reform Act of 1989, with regard to the restrictions of this Act on gifts by lobbyists and foreign agents to covered subjects.

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