In a move to hold special interests and lobbyists accountable, the House Ethics Committee today approved a package of new requirements for lobbyists and special interest groups. Reforms include pre-registration of legislative receptions, requiring special interests to disclose the amount of money they spend on lobbying activities, and expanded powers for the House Ethics Committee.

“The reforms we approved today ensure we collect accurate, relevant data from groups that lobby the Legislature while increasing public access to the information. The bill also gives the Legislature new powers to enforce regulations on lobbyists and their clients who don’t comply with the law,” said State Representative Tyler Olson of Cedar Rapids.

House Study Bill 506 was approved on a 5-0 vote by the House Ethics Committee. The bill now goes to the House floor for debate.