RI Rep: ban lobbyist contributions during session

January 29, 2013, 5:46 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker wants to prohibit lobbyists from making political contributions to legislators when the General Assembly is in session.

State Rep. John Lombardi announced his legislative proposal Tuesday. It would seek to prevent lobbyists from making donations to political campaign funds from Jan. 1 to July 1, typically the time lawmakers are in session.

The Providence Democrat says that while lobbyists play an important role at the Statehouse, it's not appropriate for them to use political donations in an attempt to persuade lawmakers.

Lombardi's bill has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight.

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