Clark County Official: Monitor Lobbyists Closely

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Clark County commissioner is planning to introduce legislation next month to crack down on tracking visits by lobbyists who meet with county officials.

Lobbyists are allowed to meet with county commissioners, but are required by law to submit disclosure forms to state whom the lobbyist visited, whom he or she represents and the subject of the visit.

A review by the Las Vegas Sun for the first six months of the year showed that lobbyists filed 189 disclosure forms, but did not properly report 171 other visits. The newspaper says during that from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, lobbyists did not file forms for 41 of 107 visits.

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani says she wants the county to follow the same rules as the state, and punish lobbyists who break them. She says she also wants disclosure forms available to the public more easily.
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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com

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