Lobby Reform Commission Needed
We thank Governor Markell for his leadership on SB 185, and for highlighting the need to update and strengthen Delaware’s lobbying law. Requiring lobbyists to disclose the numbers of the bills on which they are lobbying will give the public a better understanding of how public policy is shaped in Dover. And as a further benefit of the bill, we believe that an increased understanding of the role of lobbyists will inspire the public to want further reforms and more transparency.
In this spirit, we ask Governor markell to support the creation of a lobbying study commission to look at best practices in other states and consider what additional reforms might be right for Delaware. Study commissions have worked well in other states to bring together professional lobbyists, grassroots lobbyists, legislators, public policy experts, good government groups, and ordinary citizens who are willing to work together to build consensus for reforms.
With your support, we are hopeful that a study commission could be appointed this summer and have time to make recommendations for consideration by the legislature in early 2013. As chronicled by this week’s article in the News Journal, the legislature has been debating the
issue of lobbying reform for a long time with little to show for it. And one of the most important things missing from the debate has been a vehicle for considering all of the possible reforms in a comprehensive way.