Federal Legislation
August 13, 2007

S. 1—The Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007

Action Requested:
No more action is necessary.

Background:
Senate Bill 1 is a bipartisan bill and contains much-needed congressional reforms. However, Section 220 of S. 1 was set to redefine lobbying to include “paid efforts to stimulate grassroots lobbying.” Under this label, all organizations engaged in grassroots lobbying would have been required to comply with all federal lobbying laws, including registration with Congress and a filing of quarterly reports to Congress. Failure to comply would have resulted in fines of up to $200,000 per the Vitter Amendment No. 10 on January 12, and possible criminal penalties of up to 10 years in prison created by Section 223 of the substitute bill. The Bennett Amendment passed on a 55-43 vote, removing Section 220 and the grassroots lobbying provisions. Immediately following, Senate Bill 1 was passed on a vote of 96-2. It now goes to the House for consideration.

Introduced: 1/4/2007

Status:

1/4/2007Introductory remarks on measure.
1/9/2007Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
1/18/2007The Bennett Amendment passed. Senate Bill 1 was approved in the Senate. U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes on Amendment 20
8/2/2007Cleared for White House

Cosponsors: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:SN00001:@@@P

Bill Summary and Status: hhttp://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:s.00001:

HSLDA's Position:
Opposed Section 220 of Senate Bill 1, and supported the Bennett Amendment.

 Other Resources

HSLDA E-lert, January 11, 2007: Urgent Calls Needed to Protect Grassroots Lobbying from Federal Control

HSLDA E-lert, January 19, 2007: Victory for Grassroots Lobbying—Bennett Amendment Passes Senate

S. 1 (pdf)    (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)