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Lawmaker aims to stop cities, UTA from hiring Capitol Hill lobbyists

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  • tigger AMERICAN FORK, UT
    March 1, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Shouldn't this decision be left up to the elected city officials. I mean, seems like the folks on the hill are always claiming to want less govt interference from the Feds but they take no caution in pushing their interference down the pike. I wonder if it has occurred to them just how intrusive they are on individuals.

  • Republitarian SAINT GEORGE, UT
    March 1, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    As much as I dislike government intrusion this is an appropriate and sound measure. Elected officials, whether local, state, or federal assume they have a franchise on wasting public funds. When a person is elected they have one client; the citizens they represent. They don't need to call on some professional wordsmith to do their job. If "the people" wanted a professional lobbyist they could elect one. I have yet to see any candidate campaign on the idea that they would spend the taxpayer's dollars to hire someone to do their job.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    March 1, 2013 9:39 p.m.

    Good idea. Good bill.

    Not a dime of tax money should be spend trying to squeeze more tax money from the Legislature. If a city needs to lobby, they have a mayor, city council or commissioners, and they can walk into the capitol just like any other citizen and try to make their case. They WILL be recognized and heard, and if their pleas have merit, will be acted upon.

    Do any STATE agencies pay lobbyists? What about the teachers' union lobbyists who are receiving teacher pay but are not in the classroom? End those too!

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 2, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    DN Subscriber,

    Teachers association lobbyists are not receiving teachers pay, they are paid from member dues. Why not eliminate all lobbyists rather than pick and choose.