SB 502

85(R) - 2017
Senate State Affairs
Senate State Affairs
General Investigating & Ethics

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Van Taylor


Jane Nelson
Kirk Watson

Bill Caption

Relating to the content of detailed reports filed by lobbyists and to monetary limits on expenditures by lobbyists.

Fiscal Notes

From the Legislative Budget Board: No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 502 would amend the Government Code to add that if a lobbyist or person on their behalf makes expenditures that exceed $50 for a gift or 30% of the amount of the legislative per diem in a day for transportation, lodging, or food and drinks for a member of the legislative or executive branch or an immediate family member, the lobbyist must file a report with the name of the member, the place and date, and the purpose. Also if multiple lobbyists collaborate to make an expenditure that exceeds the limit provided in this bill, each lobbyist involved must report their expenditure. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill enhances our limited government principle by increasing transparency between lobbyists and elected officials through requiring additional expenditure reporting. We support SB 502.