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Delaware bill would expand lobbyist disclosures

DOVER, Del. — A state Senate committee has cleared a bill expanding disclosure requirements for lobbyists working to influence legislation and regulations in Delaware.

The bill was released by the executive committee Wednesday for a vote in the full Senate, even though some lobbyists said it was vaguely written and could wind up simply generating more paperwork without providing greater government transparency.

The bill requires lobbyists to submit electronic reports to the state Public Integrity Commission identifying each piece of legislation or proposed regulation on which they are working. The disclosures would have to be made within five business days of direct communication by the lobbyist with a legislator or state official about a bill or regulation.

But lobbyists would not have to identify which lawmakers they’re talking to about a particular issue.

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