BALLOT LANGUAGE FOR INITIATIVE NO. 153
A LAW PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION
This measure prohibits former state legislators, appointed officials, department directors, elected officials and their personal staff, from becoming licensed lobbyists within 24 months after departure from state government.
[ ] FOR prohibiting certain former state officials and staff from becoming licensed lobbyists within 24 months following their departure from state government.
[ ] AGAINST prohibiting certain former state officials and staff from becoming licensed lobbyists within 24 months following their departure from state government.
THE COMPLETE TEXT OF INITIATIVE NO. 153
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Prohibition of lobbying by former government personnel. (1) An individual may not be licensed as a lobbyist and a principal may not directly authorize or permit lobbying by an individual, if during the 24 months prior to applying for a license that individual served as a state legislator, elected state official, department director, appointed state official, or a member of a certain personal staff, as defined by 2-18-101, MCA.
(2) The prohibition in subsection (1) does not apply to an individual who seeks a license to serve as a lobbyist as part of the individual’s responsibilities as an employee of state or local government.
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Codification. Section 1 is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 5, chapter 7, part 3, and the provisions of Title 5, chapter 7, apply to section 1.
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Severability. If a part of this act is invalid, all valid parts that are severable from the invalid part remain in effect. If a part of this act is invalid in one or more of its applications, the part remains in effect in all valid applications that are severable from the invalid applications.