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Relating to expenditures for lobbying activities made by certain entities.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 29 would prevent political subdivisions and external service providers from paying lobbying expenses. It defines "external service provider" as an entity that receives public funds for the purpose of representation before a legislative body.
SB 29 would also prohibit any organization, including private entities, that receive state funds from spending those dollars on lobbying expenses.
Texas Action recommends supporting SB 29 because it promotes limited government. Local governments should not be able to use taxpayer dollars to hire outside lobbyists who lobby against the interests of the taxpayers.